In Celebration of

Margaret Agnes Mary Clare Whitley

May 22, 1935 -  May 27, 2018

Passed away in Ottawa on Sunday, May 27th, 2018 at the age of 83. Beloved wife of the late William Douglas “Doug” Whitley. Loving mother of the late William “Bill” James Whitley, Dave (Leslie) Whitley and Jonathan Whitley. Cherished grandmother of Liam Whitley. Predeceased by her brothers Harold “Hal” (Shirley) and Ian (Pat) Beatty. Daughter of the late Harold Wallace Alexander Beatty and Helen Clare Beatty (nee Kelly). A Memorial Mass will take place on Thursday, May 31st, 2018 at Good Shepherd Parish (3092 Innes Road, Orleans) at 11:00 a.m. followed by a brief reception at the church. Interment will be at 2:00 p.m. at Beechwood Cemetery. For those who would like to make a donation in Marg’s memory, you may do so by donating to The Alzheimer’s Society.

Marg was born in Pembroke Ontario, growing up surrounded by extended family and dear friends. After graduating from Convent of Mary Immaculate, she attended St. Joseph’s Hospital School of Nursing in Peterborough and had a long career as a Registered Nurse. In 1981, Marg obtained a diploma in Occupational Health Nursing and subsequently was part of the creation of Sontex Health Services Ltd. She also obtained the designation of Canadian Certified Occupational Health Nurse.

Marg and Doug were married on April 15th, 1963 and became part of a very close-knit family of military friends from various postings including Ottawa, London (Ontario), Soest and Lahr (Germany), Kinston, and Calgary.

Marg orchestrated many wonderful family adventures camping, travelling and boating. She loved to sew and quilt and created many treasures. Her faith ran deep and the church was very important to her.

So many of us enjoyed Margaret’s sense of playfulness and humour. She was still able to chuckle about things, even in the days leading up to her passing. Despite life’s challenges, she always had a positive outlook and she tended to think the best of people.

Marg loved being social and she had so many lifelong friends. Marg was able to maintain friendships that began in her youth and endure to this day. Of particular note is the very dear Circle of Friends bridge gang, and also in later years her sisters of the Red Hat Society.

With such a good network of dear friends, Marg was able to help others in times of need and they in turn were there to help her with life’s challenges. For all this love, we thank each and every friend so very much.

We also wish to thank Marg’s healthcare team, her family physician Dr. Kelly, the staff at Portobello Retirement Residence, and the Orleans Palliative Care Group.

Marg, you were so loved and appreciated. You will be missed. Rest in peace.


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Noreen MacDougall (Very Dear Friend)

Entered May 29, 2018 from Kingston Ontario

Dear David and John,
I will miss her greatly, I was so glad that I got to visit with her this past winter. Along with Gord, and Jory, she will always be in my heart.

Margo Tremblay (Red Hats friend and Legion member)

Entered May 29, 2018 from Ottawa

Sincere condolences. I always enjoyed going to Portobello to give Christmas presents to
veterans and wives of veterans. Your mom always appreciated the Legion's gifts.

Peter Shearing and Rhonda Millikin (Friend of Dave & the family)

Entered May 30, 2018 from Vancouver

I'll remember Marg, or Dave's mom as I would normally refer to her, as a fun, caring and vibrant person. I'm sure a good portion of Dave's sense of humour and good nature came from her. I'll remember her fondly from the times I met her.

Barbara Calnan (Lifelong friend)

Entered May 30, 2018 from Manotick

Dear David, John and family,
The circle of friends have many wonderful memories of your Mom. My children knew and loved her - they always called her MAMC. I grew up with Marg, we attended the same birthday parties and both graduated from CMI in Pembroke. In all those years, I will always remember Marg for her kindness, happy laugh, and constant readiness to help those in need. You are all in my thoughts and prayers at this time of your loss. I will miss her.
Sincerely, Barb Calnan

Jan Calnan (Adopted neice)

Entered May 30, 2018 from Greely Ontario

I am so sad to hear of the passing of MAMC, our loving nickname for Margaret Agnes Mary Claire. Her warm heart and cheerfulness will be deeply missed in my family.
Sincere condolences to you David and John and all of MAMC's family.


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