Margaret Davis

March 10, 1937 - July 29, 2019

(née Helland)

Margaret “Pegi” Davis (Helland) passed away peacefully on July 29, 2019 after a long battle with pulmonary fibrosis. She was blessed to have receive exceptional care from the WRHA Community Palliative Program (nurse Shawn) while still living in her apartment and as a patient at The Riverview Health Center Palliative Care Unit for the final 7 weeks of her life. Family will not forget the love and compassion shown by this special group of people.


Margaret was born on March 10, 1937 to Olaf and Phyllis Helland at the Assiniboia Hospital in Assiniboia, Saskatchewan.  She was predeceased by her parents and her sister Olive Sinclair. She will be missed by her daughter Jan and son in law Rolond Erb and grandchildren Jenna, Logan and Zachary; her son Warren Davis; Sister Shirley (Barry) Ferguson, brothers: Bill (Pat) Helland, and Delmar Helland as well as her nieces and nephews.


Mom grew up with her brothers and sisters on a farm close to the hamlet of Ardill, Saskatchewan. She took pride in living on the farm as well as coming from Norwegian descent. She attended Sully School from grades 1-9 and would often talk about how she used to love playing baseball with the kids from school. She loved dogs and was fortunate to have two dogs while growing up named Toots and Judy.


She left home during her early teen years and moved in up the road with her grandma Helland to help out around the farm. After a few months she travelled to Calgary to live with her grandma Walline. She worked for The Hail Board and took a secretarial course at night. After about a year she relocated to Regina. It was there where she began her career in the bank. She lived with her younger sister Shirley and helped to put her through hair dressers school. Mom and Shirley also lived in Moose Jaw but in time mom decided to move out of the province to Winnipeg. She met my dad, John Davis, while working at the bank and they were married. She enjoyed her career at the bank but after starting a family she chose to stay home to care for her children. She enjoyed crocheting, sewing and baking for her family. She made dessert almost every day. We especially loved her cinnamon buns and pies.


Mom was involved in the United Church when living in Elkhorn and Dominion City and volunteered for the Royal Purple. Education was important to her. We remember her studying and completing her high school equivalency certification. After her children graduated from high school she and husband John were divorced. She moved to Winnipeg and worked at an accounting job for a trucking company, stocked shelves at Zellers and then was certified to do taxes for H and R block.


She was very proud of her children and was thrilled to have been blessed with three grandchildren. She enjoying having them over to her apartment and always made sure to have treats for them when they came to visit. She became involved in The Messiah Lutheran Church within the last number of years but unfortunately hadn’t been up to attending for quite some time due to her poor health. She had a strong but quiet faith and was ready to be with The Lord in her new home in heaven.


To honour her wishes we will have a small service to remember her and inter her ashes at The Messiah Lutheran Church this fall.

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