Margaret Helen Ardell (Skarsgard) went to be with her Lord and Saviour October 9, 2016. She was born to Borghild and Haakon Skarsgard on May 14, 1923, the eldest sister to three brothers, Sylvan, Harvey and Lloyd. She is survived by her loving husband of 65 years, Roy Ardell, her sons Terry (Joanne), Dale (Jan), Rob (Sharon) and daughters Joan (Darrel) Schultz and Cathi (Bruce) Guenter. Margaret loved her grandchildren: Bradley, Michael (Theresa), James (Allison) and Mark. Kristen (Michael), Kimberly (Joni), Breanne (Otto), Stephanie (Spencer) and Andrew. Carla (Matt), Rebecca (Denver), Sarah and Joey. Peter, Jared (Marla), Steven and Kathryn Schultz. Nathaniel (Reema), Adam and Jenessa Guenter. Margaret was also blessed with four great grandchildren: Kade, Carson, Soleil and Ruby. She is survived by her brothers Harvey (Ilsa), Lloyd (Margaret) and sister-in-law Doreen Skarsgard. She was pre-deceased by her parents, her brother Sylvan and grandsons Brad and Mark Ardell.
Margaret grew up as the eldest sister to her three brothers on a farm south of Viscount, Saskatchewan. Although there were hardships in farming through the ‘dirty thirties”, family life was both productive and joy-filled, with berry-picking and swimming in the summers at lake Manitou and wonderful Christmas gatherings with neighbours and friends in the winters, eating a variety of Norwegian delights. Her parents were convinced that their children should be spared the “ups and downs “of farming, so they were encouraged towards education in other fields. Margaret graduated with a nursing degree from St. Paul’s hospital. Her love of nursing in the operating room was only surpassed by her affection for the handsome young farmer who played saxophone on the side! Margaret and Roy were married on June 16, 1951.
Margaret’s priorities in life were her faith in God and her family. She was a Mom to five children, and grandmother to 20 grandchildren! Her family benefitted from her culinary arts- she loved to cook and bake for her family and they all loved to eat it! She loved having the family over frequently, where wonderful meals were served along with laughter and story-telling. She also loved her gardens, where both flowers and vegetables were grown prolifically and enjoyed by all.
Margaret was committed to her church community. She was involved as a leader in “Pioneer Girls”, in a prayer ministry, and providing hospitality to visiting missionaries. She was a woman of prayer, and loved God’s word. Despite suffering because of a hemorrhagic stroke for the last six and a half years of her life with left side neglect, she never complained. She was a woman of gratitude, who taught her children to look for the best in life and others.
The family wishes to thank all those who visited her and showed her many kindnesses during her last years of disability. There will be a Memorial Service at Forest Grove Community Church, 502 Webster Street, in Saskatoon on Monday, October 17, at 1:00 pm. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be sent to The Gideons International in Canada, 501 Imperial Road North, Guelph,Ontario,N1H 6T9 or online at www.gideons.ca. Arrangements entrusted to Stefan Funk at Dalmeny Funeral Home (306-254-2022).