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Obituary for Margaret Ann (Alexander) Donnelly

Donnelly, Margaret Ann Whitelaw (nee Alexander) (March 9, 1936 – August 27, 2023)

It is with sadness, that we the family of Margaret Ann Whitelaw (Alexander) Donnelly, wish to announce her peaceful passing, on August 27, 2023, at Maple Manor Nursing Home, Tillsonburg, at the age of 87. Margaret was born in Glasgow, Scotland. Margaret will be remembered for her 30 years of dedicated volunteering at Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital. In her spare time, Margaret enjoyed reading, watching and feeding birds, gardening and her family. Survived by her much-loved husband of 66 years, Lawrence (“Larry”) Donnelly, of Tillsonburg. Lovingly remembered by her children and their families: Leslie-ann Mills (Rod), of Burlington and her children Shona (Stephen), Caitlin (Matthew), Stacie (Ryan). Special great-grandmother to Sadie, Aleda, Abigail, Audrey, Emilee, Eliza, and Kayden; Glenn (Florence) Donnelly, of Burlington and their children Keelin, Nolan, Ciaralyn, Ashlyn. Also survived by cousin Norma and special niece Cateriona of Scotland. Predeceased by her parents Andrew and Margaret (Brown) Alexander, as well as by her three siblings James, Doreen, and Ann.

In keeping with Margaret’s expressed wishes, cremation has taken place. A public celebration of life to honour Margaret’s life will be held on Saturday, September 2nd, 2023, at 1:00 p.m. in Walton United Church (2489 Lakeshore Rd. W., Oakville). Everyone who knew Margaret is invited to share favourite memories, photos, express personal condolences or contribute memorial donations to the “Maple Manor Residents Activities Fund” (by cheque) or to the “Terry Fox Foundation”, via Margaret’s online tribute page at or by contacting the Maurice J. Verhoeve Funeral Homes (519)842-4238. There will also be a service in Loring, date tba.

“The family would like to extend sincere thanks to the Doctors, Nurses, and PSW’s at Maple Manor Nursing Home, for their excellent care and the compassion shown to Margaret and our family over these past years.”