Bossert, Margaret (née Thornton)


Margaret Bossert was welcomed into the world on Oct.29, 1921, the youngest child of Rose and Richard Thornton, and sister to older siblings Harold and Hilda.

“Home” was the farm, two miles west of Coronation, a hub of activity with dairy cows, chickens, large gardens and busy social activities with neighbouring families.

She attended school in Coronation at the big red brick schoolhouse and loved getting there on a Shetland pony named Peter Pan. She was the envy of all of the town kids.

After leaving school Margaret stayed at home to help out for a while and then took a position at the Coronation Service Store, working long hours from 9am to after midnight many times for just $10.00 per week.

On April 26, 1943 Margaret married Ed Bossert in Castor, Alberta. They farmed 11 miles south of Coronation for 31 years. The work was hard but very rewarding. In 1952 they were blessed with the arrival of a son, Dennis.

In 1974 Margaret & Ed sold the farm and moved to Coronation to a home conveniently close to the school. Margaret worked at the school helping the Brusky’s in janitorial and continued there until they retired in 1981. She also helped out at Stokes Agencies three days a week.

Margaret enjoyed travelling over the years, taking trips to England, Scotland, Wales, Alaska, Ontario and the Maritimes as well as numerous trips to B.C.

Ed and Margaret celebrated their 50th anniversary in 1993 and enjoyed another three years together until Ed’s passing in 1996.

At this point in her life Margaret filled her days with volunteering at the Hospital Gift Shop, Memorial Library and the Drop-In Center. Her favourite commitment however was the Order of the Royal Purple. She never missed a meeting with the group and received her life time membership after 32 years, and during this she held all offices of the Order and enjoyed them all.

Margaret moved from her house to the condo in 2008. She continued to enjoy visiting with friends and staying active in the community.

She was truly honoured to be chosen as the Centennial Queen of Coronation in 2011 along with Bill Duncan as King when the Coronation celebrated their 100th Anniversary.

In 2015, due to health concerns, Margaret became a resident at Designated Supportive Living (DSL) in Coronation. She enjoyed her new location, with bingo becoming a #1 activity. She also enjoyed playing cards, becoming a worthy contender in Quiddler and also to play Scrabble.

She developed many close friends with fellow residents, and she had many endearing relationships with DSL staff and Home Care.

Margaret is survived by her only son Dennis (Sheila); grandchildren Sheldon Bossert, Shauna (Blair) Bossert and Deryk (Danielle) Bossert; great grandchildren: Jarrett, Ciara, Madison, Carrson, Braidyn, Jaxon, Kiptyn and Griffyn; as well as other relatives and many dear friends.

Margaret was predeceased by her loving husband Ed; parents Rose and Richard Thornton; brother Harold Thornton; sisters-in-law Gladys Thornton and Bertha Thornton; sister Hilda Munro; brother-in-law John Munro; and a very special niece and her husband Shirley and Vern Fletcher.

A Graveside Service was held on Wed. June 12, 2024 at 12 p.m.. at the Coronation Cemetery, Coronation, Alta.

A Celebration of Life followed at 2 p.m. at the Coronation Community Hall, Coronation, Alta.

Memorial donations in Margaret’s memory may be made to DSL Recreation or Home Away from Home, c/o CHC Foundation, Bag 500, or the Coronation Cemetery Association.

Condolences may be forwarded to the family by visiting

Parkview Funeral Chapels were entrusted with the care and funeral arrangements. For further information please call 403-578-3777.

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