CHEVALIER; Margaret of Petrolia, formerly of Sarnia
Margaret Winifred (Turner) Chevalier passed away on Tuesday, April 2, 2013 at Fiddick’s Nursing Home, Petrolia in her 97th year, formerly of Sarnia. Beloved wife of the late John Chevalier. Dear mother of Sally and Robert Dillon of Petrolia, Margery and Martin Beauchamp of Sarnia, John (deceased), Jim Chevalier of Sarnia, and Jerry and LeeAnn (Martel) Chevalier of Sarnia. Grandmother of Martin and Dorothy Dillon of Petrolia, Tracy and Robert Horne of Everett, Janet and Gary Hardy of Petrolia, Scott Dillon of Petrolia, Corey Dillon of Sarnia, Marcel Beauchamp of London, Wendy and Greg Box of London, and Ruth and Brad Basso of Sarnia. Great grandmother to many. She is survived by several nieces and nephews. Margaret was born in Renfrew, Ontario to Sarah and Arthur Turner. Margaret was the oldest of seven girls. She is survived by one sister, Jean Gaunt of Tobermory. Predeceased by sisters and brothers-in-law Dorie Turner, John Gaunt, Marie and Bill Webster, Isabel and Jack Webster, Laura and Bernie Archer, and Doris and Don Webster. The family moved to Sarnia when Margaret was four years old. She was a graduate of SCITS. Her greatest passion growing up was music. She was a gifted pianist. Together with her sisters, they formed a singing group and entertained all over. For years, John and Margaret entertained crowds throughout the area with the guitar and piano. They were very well known. They had their own radio show back in the 1940’s where they were known as the Rhythm Rangers. Later in life, she was the regular entertainment at the Ups n Downs Restaurant in Sarnia. Young and old alike sang with her as she played the piano and belted out everyone’s favourite tunes. Her love of music lives on in her sons Jim and Jerry. She had many talents. She wrote beautiful poetry, could sew anything and did amazing crafts. She also could whistle like no one else. Didn’t matter where you found her, you always heard her whistling before you saw her. If you knew her, you knew that her height of 4 feet 11 inches didn’t stop her from being a real feisty character or a giant in our eyes. She was cool, before being cool became cool. She was one of a kind. A special lady who opened her door to anyone in need. She loved animals and always had a cat or a dog. She was a great story teller and had a colourful way of telling her stories. To know Marg was to love Marg! The family would like to thank Maxine and Mike Fiddick and their staff for all the loving care shown to our mom over the last 14 years. Special thanks to Dr. Frank Reidl for his kindness. Thank you also to Rev. Phil Kazek and Steve and the staff at Needham-Jay Funeral Home.
“Our family chain is broken, and nothing seems the same.
But as God calls us one by one, the chain will link again.”
May God Bless and keep you dear little mother until we meet again on the Heavenly shores.
Cremation has taken place. There will be no visitation. A graveside service celebrating Margaret’s life will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, April 26, 2013 at Lakeview Cemetery, Sarnia. A luncheon and time of reminiscing will immediately follow at Bluewater Hall, 2505 London Line (just east of Brigden Sideroad) All are welcome. Marg would want everyone to make a donation to the Inn of the Good Shepherd, and they can be arranged by calling the NEEDHAM-JAY FUNERAL HOME, Petrolia (519) 882-0100. Memories, pictures, and condolences may be shared online at www.needhamjay.com.