T. Margaret Deck

May 23, 1928 - December 4, 2021
December 9, 2021 15 Condolences Print Obituary

It is with deep sadness that the family of T. Margaret Deck announce her peaceful passing on December 4, 2021, at the age of 93 after a short battle with Cancer.

Theresa “Margaret” Reay was born May 23, 1928 at the Edmonton General Hospital to Vincent  John “Jack” Reay, Mary “Jessie” McGregor and older brothers Jack and Ted.  They lived in Edmonton in the Oliver area for a couple of years then moved to Bruce in 1930 and to nearby Holden in 1938.  She grew up amongst her extended family in that area where she had a special relationship with her dear cousin Wilma McArthur with whom she shared the duties of looking after their beloved grandma Margaret McNiven.

She finished out her education at a business college in Camrose and afterwards followed her parents to Kelowna where they had recently moved.

Sadly, she experienced unimaginable loss when at just 21 years old, she lost her mother and only 11 months later her father.

She remained in Kelowna and worked as a telephone operator for The City of Kelowna where she met her future husband and love of her life Frank Deck. They married on November 8th, 1952, in Edmonton, Alberta.  Soon after, they moved to Fort William, Ontario (now Thunder Bay).   There, they bought their first house and began a family with daughters Catherine Elizabeth and Gwendolyn Marie. They stayed in Ontario until 1958 when they returned to Edmonton.  Over the next 10 years they grew the family by adding another daughter, Sharon Ann and two sons, Frank Mark and Alan Marlo.

In 1974, after Cathy and Gwen had married, they moved from Edmonton to Fort Saskatchewan.  They stayed in Fort Saskatchewan for 5 years where Sharon remained when they moved to Kelowna in 1979 with Frank and Alan.  Just two years later, in 1981 Frank passed away at the young age of 53.   After son Frank graduated high school, she made the trek back to Edmonton to be nearer her daughters, grandchildren and for work opportunities for her sons.  You would think she would be ready to settle down by now but hardly!  She would move another 17 times within Edmonton after that!

She was, for many years involved with the Catholic Women’s league and volunteered by delivering for Meals on Wheels.  In her retirement years, she developed a strong passion for the game of Bridge.   She was adept at crossword puzzles and enjoyed Ceramics.  In her spare time she knit and made many Afghans and slippers for everyone and eventually ended up by knitting toques and baby beanies that she donated to charities.

Her adversities have been great, but she has always held her spirit.  Her strong faith in God was her pillar.  She was a strong, smart, and dedicated person to all who knew her.  Her ability to maintain connections was admirable.  She could talk to anyone, anywhere and has been a huge influence on each of her children.

Margaret was predeceased by her husband Frank and son-in-law Myron Charney. She will be lovingly remembered by children Cathy Charney, Gwen Rice (John), Sharon Blach (Carl), Frank Deck (Bonnie) and Al Deck, grandchildren Dave, Robin, Mark, Shaun, Ryan, Hannah and Kierra, plus 9 great-grandchildren as well as numerous nieces, nephews, extended family and close friends.

Due to Covid restrictions, a private Celebration of Life will be held on Monday, December 13, 2021.

The streaming will begin at 1:45 with the service at 2:00.


A special thank you to the staff at the Edmonton General Hospital-Unit 9Y, for the excellent care given to Margaret.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Lung Cancer Canada or Santa's Anonymous in Margaret's name.

  1. It is with great sadness that I heard that my Aunt Margaret has passed. As a young man I felt she was fun to be around. It was great seeing her at our family reunion. Our prayers go out to her.

    Jerry Deck and Family

  2. Mauriceklotz Olds Alberta it is sad to see aunt Margaret go, she was such a loveable woman and person. I hope and pray when Jesus comes to get us we will go up to heaven together

    • Thank you for your kind words

  3. The memories of Margaret will be forever in my heart and in the hearts of her many C.W.L. friends. She was true witness of God’s love and mercy to all.
    Margaret was so kind, so full of joy, and true gift to all who were blessed to know her throughout her life. Her reward will be great in Heaven with our loving Saviour Jesus Christ. She is dancing, she is singing, and she holds her family close to her heart for all time.

  4. To Margaret: It was grand knowing you and remembering all the times of rotating bridge games between homes of at least eight players, so much enjoyment and laughter. Also remembering the association with the Singles Bridge Club where I met you in August 1985. I often wondered how you were doing and thought of you a couple days ago, but didn’t know how to reach you. So many in our group are now passed, and I believe you’re having a wonderful time with your family and bridge players, including my husband Al.

    to Marg’s family: I know you’re in a difficult time right now but be assured, Marg was very much loved and enjoyed.

    Marwi Prent

    • Thank you for your kind words. We know Mum loved her bridge and sharing in, as you say, the laughter and camaraderie. She will be dearly missed.
      Gwen (her middle daughter)

  5. So sorry to hear of Margaret’s passing. We so enjoyed talking to her as did our mother. They never missed phoning each other on their birthdays. I last talk to her when mom passed away and after her funeral she called me and wanted a memorial card sent to her. We always enjoyed seeing her at St Clare’s parish when she lived across from the church and when we took mom over to Beverly lodge for a visit. She loved to talk and tell stories and talk about the past.
    May time ease your pain and your memories bring you comfort

    Bernice Reinhardt and Eileen Moore (nee Reinhardt)

    • Thank you for your kind words, she will be dearly missed…..

  6. Sorry for your loss. We are thinking of you & your family.

    • Thank you all for your kind words

  7. Nels Rissling and the rest of his family will keep Aunt Margaret in our thoughts and our prayers at this time. We wish peace to all Aunt Margaret’s family and friends.
    Kelly and Bernadette Rissling

    • Thank you for your kind words

  8. A sad farewell to all who knew our Aunt Margaret..
    May she rest in peace.
    Love and prayers from Ron, Ceine & Family

    • Thank you for your kind words

  9. Our condolences to the family. I remember Mrs. Deck to be a very kind hearted lady. Gwen and I were very close friends through our jr high school years we spent many a day together, she was always very sweet and kind to me. They even took me camping with them one summer. Gwen and I had a great time. She will be missed. Remember she will be in your heats forever.❤️❤️

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