14 Apr 1927 – 3 November 2022
Margaret Johnston (Kyle) Summersides was born in Scotland and immigrated with her family to Port Robinson where she grew up surrounded by three brothers, four sisters and loving parents Margaret and Alec. She left home at a young age to work in the Welland hospital in order to help support her family. She would soon meet her life mate, Jim, and go on to have a family of her own.
Margaret was a brilliant crafter and hobbyist- able to take on any task and complete it with excellence. Sewing, gardening, knitting, quilting, cooking, decorating – were all part of her talented repertoire. She was always keen to share her skills with family and community.
Family was an important part of Margaret’s life. She was always happiest when surrounded by immediate family, siblings, nieces, nephews and good friends. The door was always open for family and friends and there was always room at her table for one more.
Margaret is survived by three siblings, Elizabeth (often mistaken as her twin), Janet and Joe – all of whom she loved dearly. Many nieces and nephews will remember her fondly for the memories she helped them to create either in her home or at the cottage. Much laughter was enjoyed by all. Margaret was a kind and giving soul who never spoke ill of another.
Dearly loved, Margaret will be missed by daughter Sherry & son-in-law Jorg, son Rex and daughter-in-law Jacqueline and cherished grandsons Ivor and John.
Our family would like to take the opportunity to thank the excellent care and kindness shown by the St Catharines General Hospital staff, the wonderful support and assistance provided by Rose Hill Lane PSW’s and the compassionate care and support of the entire Lookout Staff. Your collective thoughtfulness has eased mom’s transition to a peaceful rest.
In lieu of flowers, the family invites you to make a donation to the Pelham Community Church.
A memorial service is planned for Wednesday, 21 December, 2022 at 1:30 pm to be held at the Pelham Community Church, 461 Canboro Rd, Fenwick. An interment service at Pleasantview Cemetery, 2250 Hwy 20, Fonthill, will be held immediately following for both Margaret and Jim Summersides. A short reception will follow at the Fonthill Legion 613, 141 Hwy 20, Fonthill.
It is our plan to have the service live-streamed for those unable to attend in-person. Please visit https://www.pelham.cc/live-stream/ to join us on-line. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Lampman Funeral Home. www.lampmanfuneralhome.com
11 thoughts on “MARGARET SUMMERSIDES (nee Kyle)”
So sorry to hear about the passing of Margaret. She was a gem of a person, so creative, and with a heart for helping others. She was a joy to know!! My condolences to Sherry, Rex and family.
Dear Twila, Thank you for your very kind thoughts. Mom was, indeed, one of a kind.
It was great to be able to watch the service just now! I learned a lot about Margaret’s life that I didn’t know! I even learned the word nonagenarian! How special to be able to hear some stories about her life of coming to Canada and among us. Thanks for the lovely service online! (And it was great to see and hear you after so many years since high school days!) God bless you Sherry!
Dear Sherry and Family, So very sorry to hear of Margaret’s passing, I know how much she cherished her family. The Love between her and Jim really was inspiring , truly a loving couple . I am sure it gives you all some peace knowing they are together again in heaven. I will miss seeing them both at Lookout but will always remember them sitting out front together holding hands. With Deepest Sympathy, Sally Buxton
Dear Sally, How very thoughtful of you to note mom’s passing. She was always amazed to have lived so long. Thank you for your kindness.
Sherry and Rex your Mother was a beautiful soul. She had a smile that was contagious. She was also so sweet to me. I remember her helping me with a sewing project back in elementary school, she was so patient. I can see our parents all reunited in Heaven and catching up. My condolences to you both.
Thanks, Tracey. It’s very kind of you to remember mom. I’m sure our dads are still swapping stories.
Dear Sherry, Your mom will be sadly missed. What a great lady, she was.
Thank you, Sue. Mom was definitely a great lady. We miss her.
On this Remembrance Day, I can’t help but think of your dad/granddad, and now, also, am deeply saddened by the loss of your dear mother/grandmother. I always enjoyed being with Margaret and Jim. They were always kind, understanding, and inspirational. Your mom made life very comfortable for me whether I was up at the cottage or at my home. Several times I was able to visit her and your dad at the retirement home. I wish that I could have visited them more often, but for the pandemic that was not possible. Now your mom and dad are together again. R.I.P. Margaret and Jim.
With deepest sympathy Sherry, Jorg, Rex, Jacqueline, Ivor and John. God Bless you all at this most difficult time.
Dear Shirley, you were always a special friend to mom and dad. Mom spoke fondly of your visits and always enjoyed the time you had together. Thank you for your very kind words and thoughts.