In Celebration of

Margaret Yen (née Sheng)

- on Tuesday February 20, 2018 after a brief illness at the age of 74. Beloved and devoted wife to George. Loving mother to Micheline (Vitus) and Jonathan (Stefanie). Proud grandmother to Christian and Aidan. Dear sister to Eppie (Peter), Vivian (Cassian), and William (Helen). Will be dearly remembered by many dear friends.

Born in Shanghai and raised in Hong Kong, Margaret graduated from Maryknoll School in Hong Kong, she went to study at UC Berkeley and received her Doctor of Pharmacy from UC San Francisco. Margaret had a rewarding career at The Ottawa Hospital, where she was head of drug research, and retired in 1996. In her retirement, she became an avid bridge player and world traveler.

A private family memorial will be held at Beechwood cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations to Hospice Care Ottawa would be appreciated.


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Jonathan Yen (Son)

Entered February 21, 2018 from Ottawa

At this sad time, I have been reflecting on all the memories of my mother. She was a loving mother and a caring husband. My mother was a grudgingly good cook and a lover of fashion. She will definitely be enjoying a cup of coffee now over a good chat. Rest in Peace. I love you, Mommy.

Maria Lee (Good friend)

Entered February 21, 2018 from Hong Kong

Dear Margaret,

You will be sadly missed by all of us.

Your charm, happy 😃 smile and wisdom will always be remembered.

May you rest in peace in Christ. Till we meet ...

Adeline Yen Mah (Sister-in-law)

Entered February 21, 2018 from Huntington Beach California

Margaret was smart, warm and loving. We had just seen her in October 2017 at Jonathan and Steph’s wedding. She was happy and proud. Little did we know it would be our last meeting.

Bob, Ann, Chris,Lucy and I will miss her. May she rest in peace. We enclose our love.


Entered February 22, 2018

Hi Vitus and family
Sorry about your loss.
all the best

Wenbo Lin (colleague)

Entered February 22, 2018 from 1145 Wellington St

Rest in peace

Life Stories 

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Jonathan Yen (Son)

Entered February 21, 2018 from Ottawa

When I was 3 years old, I had a life-threatening nose bleed. I can remember my father driving me to the hospital. As I went into the hospital, I saw my mother waiting at the nursing station looking concerned. The next memory I have is waking up in the middle of the night in a hospital bed. My mother was sleeping in a sofa-chair next to me. I must have wanted something to drink, because she got up to give me a sip of Coca-Cola from a McDonald's cup. I knew then that my mother would always be my side.

Micheline Yen (Daughter)

Entered February 23, 2018 from Ottawa, ON

It was soon afterwards we moved into our house that I really wanted to learn how to play the piano. Mom and Dad purchased a piano and found a piano teacher to have private lessons. I was quite lazy in practicing and at times I had to be reminded in practicing. It was o this occasion, that Mom told me that she and Dad spent a lot of money for me to learn. I complained that it was hard to play. It was then she told me that I had to practice. Being persistent and to work hard is the only way to achieve what you want. This was one of many lessons that Mom taught me.


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