Marguerite Agnes HOUZE
October 6, 1925 – June 18, 2023
It is with great sadness that our family announces her passing at 97 years.
She was predeceased by her husband, Ted Pokorski (1971) and grandson Colby John Schols (1986).
Marguerite was immensely proud of her three daughters, Lisa Howes, Susan Lanciano, and Kathy Holub of Edmonton. She was a loving “NANA” to her 5 grandchildren, Ellie, Moosh, Blake, Chelsea, and Ben, as well as 7 great grandchildren.
Marguerite was born in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan; the youngest of four siblings. She grew up on a large successful ranch in Southern Saskatchewan outside the town of Meyronne. The Houze ranch was the largest Hereford cattle breeder and wild horse holdings in the province. Her father’s thriving veterinary practice influenced Marguerite’s lifelong love for animals.
Known as the “forever” nurse, Marguerite pursued a nursing career under the watchful eyes of the Regina Grey Nuns. Graduating in 1950, she became Matron of the Kincaid Hospital in Saskatchewan. She moved to Edmonton to further her career as a “burns specialist” private nurse. She met her husband Ted and married in 1952. Marguerite continued her nursing career for 16 years.
Marguerite and Ted became successful owners of the Donalda Hotel in rural Alberta. Her nursing license offered triage care for the community where long waits for ambulances and no rural doctors existed in the sixties. She honed cooking skills to keep the hotel cafe running.
The family moved back to Edmonton in the late sixties where Marguerite fulfilled another career dream in Alberta Social Services. As a casework supervisor, she was very proud to lead the first Unmarried Mothers Unit. Marguerite was awarded for 21 years of loyal and dedicated service, retiring in 1987.
Then she started her retirement career, “Maggie’s Delights”, a local catering company for bistro clients. She became an award-winning caterer. She never disclosed her recipes for 5 years, even to family!
Marguerite will be remembered for her hard work, devotion to her girls, a fun-loving spirit and a wonderful smile. She was a “fashionista” and had a lady – like graceful manner. Sunday dinners at “Nana’s” were happy memories.
She fostered incredible relationships. Her final 7 years at Kiwanis Place Lodge developed special friends in her nineties. Weekly Saturday night scrabble games, with companion Bill Dean, were a favourite of hers.
Marguerite was an original long Covid survivor who struggled with declining mind and body health in the last two years. We would like to thank Dr. Moshurchak for her support and recognize the incredible efforts of the CBI home care aides at Kiwanis Place Lodge over the past three years. Thank you to the Misericordia Family Medicine doctors and staff- especially, Dr. Kroeker for her compassion. Special thanks for the exceptional and dignified care of St. Joseph’s Auxiliary Hospital Palliative Care Team during Marguerite’s last journey….
As per Marguerite’s wishes, a simple cremation has taken place. In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Marguerite Houze may be made to:
The Covenant Foundation for St. Joseph’s Auxiliary Hospital Hospice.