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Margaret Ruth 'Maggie' Listar (née Lusk)

September 22, 2022

September 22, 2022
Passed away peacefully with family at her side after a long and courageous battle with cancer at LHSC - Victoria Hospital, London on Thursday, September 22, 2022, at the age of 66.
Beloved wife of Ivan for 46 years. Loving mother to Allison (Tim) Silcox, Matthew (Lorranne) Listar, and Stefan (Heidi) Listar. Cherished Nana to Ava, Gabriel, Benjamin, Elizabeth, and Ivy. Adored sister to Bob (Ginette) Lusk, Ron (Barb) Lusk, Gord (Barb) Lusk, and Colleen (Tom) Weldon.
Margaret was born in Sudbury and throughout her childhood lived in many towns across Canada and also lived in Nigeria and Bangladesh before settling in Moncton.
From there, she went to study at the University of New Brunswick. There she met her future husband and started their family.
She graduated with a Bachelor of Education degree in Home Economics in 1979 and began her long teaching career.
In 1980 Margaret, Ivan and their young daughter, Allison, moved across Canada to Houston, BC. where they continued to grow their family. She taught at Houston Secondary School until 1991 when they packed up their family (which now included Matt and Stefan) and moved to Nelson, BC.
She taught at Trafalgar Junior Secondary School and, while there, completed her Master of Education from the University of Victoria. In 2006, after the birth of their first grandchild, they moved to London, Ontario, to be closer to family.
She worked at many schools throughout the Thames Valley School District until finally she retired in 2022 after a 43-year teaching career.
As a favorite teacher of many, Margaret combined her passions for teaching, sewing, cooking and baking and also served as a trusted and compassionate guidance counsellor for many years. Her selflessness and resourcefulness helped inspire and shape the minds and lives of students wherever she taught.
With a lifelong passion for travel, she took every opportunity to visit coastal beaches where she loved to walk along the shores collecting sea glass. Margaret was an avid reader and found enjoyment in challenging herself with the weekly newspaper crossword and the daily Wordle.
Above all else, nothing meant more to Margaret than her family. She spent countless hours sewing clothes, costumes, pajamas and "boppies" for her grandchildren. She poured her whole soul into making every occasion special for her family. We will all miss her passion for life, her kindness and generosity, her invincible spirit and her smile.
Thank you to all the doctors, nurses and staff at the London Health Sciences Centre. Their compassion and professionalism was sincerely appreciated throughout Margaret's journey.
At her request, there will be no visitation or funeral service. The family will hold a private Celebration of Life in Nova Scotia in 2023. In lieu of flowers, those wishing to make a donation in memory of Margaret are asked to donate to the Canadian Cancer Society or The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Canada.
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