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Margaret Jane Alger[1]

Female 1915 - 2010


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  • Name  Margaret Jane Alger 
    Born  18 Dec 1915  North Bay, Nipissing, ON, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    • Queen Victoria Hospital
    Gender  Female 
    Died  24 Jan 2010  Stratford, Perth, ON, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Margaret Jane (nee Alger) PIKE-GRAY
      PIKE-GRAY, Margaret Jane (nee Alger) - Mrs. Margaret Jane Pike of Stratford passed away peacefully at the Stratford General Hospital on Sunday, January 24, 2010 in her 95th year. Daughter of the late J Wilbert and Ruby Alger of North Bay. Predeceased by her husbands Thomas Albert (Ab) Gray of North Bay (1966) and Evan Pike of Stratford (1974).Predeceased by brother Clifford T. Alger of North Bay. Survived by brother Gerald Alger of North Bay/ St. Catherines. Loving mother of Elizabeth Preston (Clifford) of Mississauga. Grandma to Michael Preston (Raffaella) of Burlington and Karen Preston (Gary) of Mississauga. Great-Gran to Lindsay, twins Jacob and Daniella and Ryan. Margaret was a 75 year member of the Rebekah Lodge, an active supporter of the Stratford Festival Theatre and Stratford Library, volunteered with Meals On Wheels and a recipient of the Ontario Horticultural Society award in 2007. She was also an avid reader and traveler. The family would like to thank Dr. Wayne Parsons and Dr. Hardwick for their excellent care of mom during her final days. Friends and relatives may call at the W.G. YOUNG FUNERAL HOME, 430 Huron St. Stratford on Wednesday, January 27 from 2 to 4 p.m. with the celebration of the life of Margaret to be held at 4:00 p.m. at the funeral home. As expressionsof sympathy, memorial donations may be made to Heart and Stroke Foundation or to the charity of one's choice through the funeral home.
    Notes 

    • She attended King George Public School and graduated from North Bay Collegiate Institute and Vocational School in 1935. Married in summer of 1936, she settled in to her vocation as a homemaker. In North Bay Marg was deeply involved in the Scout Movement as Cub Mistress (Akela) in the first North Bay Cub Pack attached to Trinity United Church and later as District Badge Secretary. Her only child, daughter Elizabeth was born in 1942 When they resided on McIntyre St. West.
      Marg held the highest Chair in Nipisssing Rebekah Lodge #152in1946-7. She has been a member for 60+ years of the Rebekah order attached to the Independent Order of Odfellows.
      When her Husband was moved to Toronto, in 1954 with Canada Life Assurance Company, they settled in to city life in Leaside, where her daughter Elizabeth attended High School and following Graduation, went into Nurses Training at Toronto Sick Children's Hospital.
      Marg's husband Thomas Albert Gray had been physically challenged by the loss of his right leg and a failing heart, for a few years and was obliged to retire in 1960, on disability pension. A year later Marg went to work at the Information Desk of Toronto Western Hospital, where she stayed until after her husband's death in 1966, when she accepted a position with Cooksvillle Hydro, as Consumer Representative. In 1967 she resigned, sold her house in Leaside and took her first trip overseas on the Empress of Canada, where she met he husband to be, Evan Pike, who was born in South Wales and on his way home for a visit.
      Returning from her sojourn abroad in late 67 she accepted a position with Canada Life in the personnel department, where she stayed until her marriage to Evan Pike on Apr.30 1969 after which they settled into the Pike home in Stratford Ontario. Her move to Stratford sparked an interest in the community endeavors and she for many years acted as a guide for Historical Walking tours of Stratford . She has been District Director of the Horticultural society of Ontario and was on the Ontario Board of Directors For 5 years. Is a Life Member of Stratford Horticulture Society and as a Certified Judge, spends much time judging and arranging flower and vegetable shows. She has tended with care the Flower beds in the city and for 10 years has filled in her time, caring for the plants in Stratford's Library And received the 10 year Volunteer's Award.
      She and her Husband Evan Pike, remained in the Pike home at Stratford until he died in 19 74 at which time Marg moved into a larger home on Mornington St. to accommodate her mother but failing to persuade the older lady to leave her home city, North Bay, moved Eventually into an apartment at 1 Erie St., where she resides today. (1999)
      Marg maintains a membership in the Ontario Genealogical Society, belonging to more than one branch. And bears the entire responsibility for starting the writer on "The Alger Family Origins"
      Faithful to Knox Presbyterian Church congregation, she enjoys the Music, Literature and Theatre, readily available in Stratford.
      By: Cliff Alger
    Person ID  I3133  Switzer Family
    Last Modified  20 Apr 2013 

    Father  Josiah Wilbert Alger,   b. 22 Sep 1887, Mariposa Twp., Victoria, ON, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 6 Dec 1953, North Bay, Nipissing, ON, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Mother  Ruby Magee,   b. 24 Jul 1890, Fenelon Falls, Victoria, ON, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 Aug 1981, North Bay, Nipissing, ON, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID  F1026  Group Sheet

    Family/Spouse 1  Thomas Albert Gray,   b. 17 Mar 1912, North Bay, Nipissing, ON, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Feb 1966, Toronto, York, ON, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  18 Aug 1936  North Bay, Nipissing, ON, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    • Trinity United Church
    Children 
     1. Living
    Family ID  F1027  Group Sheet

    Family/Spouse 2  Evan Titus Pike,   b. 16 May 1903, Cardiff, Wales Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 Jul 1974, Stratford, Perth, ON, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID  F1028  Group Sheet

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    Link to Google MapsBorn - 18 Dec 1915 - North Bay, Nipissing, ON, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 18 Aug 1936 - North Bay, Nipissing, ON, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 24 Jan 2010 - Stratford, Perth, ON, Canada Link to Google Earth
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  • Photos
    Gerald Allenby Alger, Margaret Jane Alger & Clifford Tompkins Alger
    Gerald Allenby Alger, Margaret Jane Alger & Clifford Tompkins Alger

  • Sources 
    1. [S31] Cliff Alger - e-mail.