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Margaret Hammell

October 22, 1924 — April 4, 2018

Mom passed away peacefully on April 4, 2018 at Muskoka Shores Care Community in Gravenhurst in her 94th year. Cherished wife of Ken Hammell (predeceased August 9, 2017), and beloved mom of Judy Hutton (Gary), and Brian Hammell (Kathy). She was adored by six granddaughters - Shayna Hutton (Doug), Elicia Lambert (Cameron), Kristen Hutton (Joe), Genna Nichol (Adam), Kaitlyn Hoos (Cameron), and Chelsea Lever (Josh). Mom was always delighted to see each and every one of her great grandchildren - Kendon and Madelyne Zettle, Reid Maddock, Alexa and Jace Lambert, Ellie and Avery Nichol, Zoe Hoos, Hadley and Holden Lever. Mom was the only child of Henry and Laura Hunt. Growing up on the family farm the closest neighbours were "The Hammells". Mom first noticed the "love of her life - Kenny" at age eleven. They both attended the Fourth Ward School and High School. Mom started working for the Bell Telephone Co. at 17 years of age at the beginning of World War II as a switchboard operator. Mom had many interests and "loves" that developed and changed throughout her life. She was a true life partner of Dad's including and sharing in the building of three family homes and a cottage. Mom took great pride in our family homes. She was a wonderful cook and loved to bake. Mom enjoyed hosting family dinners, always joking that she would have been a rich woman if she had sold her butter tarts. She spent many hours in the kitchen with her dear friend, Annie Patterson, who taught her how to bake bread. Crocheting and knitting were favourite pastimes of Mom's. Her handmade sweaters and wool socks were treasured gifts. The cottage at Duck Chutes was enjoyed until we moved back to her family farm. Mom's love of music, dance, and horses came from her father, Henry Hunt. She shared this love of horses with Brian by going to Fall Fair parades/competitions together with their Welsh pony "Yazzie", and her father's horse, Teddy. For many years Mom had great fun going on weekly buggy/cutter rides with Betty Carter. Mom and Dad loved to travel. Many trips were taken across Canada and the United States. After retirement, winter months were spent in Panama City Beach. Many friendships were made through square dance and bridge groups. With heartfelt gratitude our family would like to thank the following people/facilities: long-time family doctor - Dr. Keith Cross; the dedicated staff of South Muskoka Memorial Hospital, especially the nurses of the north wing; staff and friends of Muskoka Hills Retirement Villa; CCAC and Closing the Gap, and most recently Dr. Hillyard and the wonderful staff and friends at Muskoka Shores where Mom was warmly welcomed and cared for with such compassion and affection; and Helen and the staff of Reynolds Funeral Home. A memorial service will be held at St. Thomas Anglican Church in Bracebridge on Thursday, April 19, at 1:00 p.m. A reception will follow in the Browning Hall. If you wish, as your expression of sympathy, memorial donations may be made to the South Muskoka Memorial Hospital Foundation. Messages of condolence may be made at Mom, give Dad hugs and kisses from all of us. You are forever in our hearts Mom. We love you Nana xoxo.

Service Information

Thursday, April 19th, 2018 1:00pm, St. Thomas Anglican Church

Interment Details

St. Thomas Anglican Cemetery

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