Margaret Agnes Dennis

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DENNIS;  Margaret Agnes ~ After a beautiful and full life, and surrounded by her dear family, Margaret Agnes Dennis (nee Cross) left us for Heaven on Saturday, September 8, 2018.  Margaret was the second oldest child born on December 29, 1929,  in Blackburn, England, to Joseph Aloysuis and Ellen Veronica Cross (formerly Healey).  Her childhood along with her siblings was very difficult as her mother died when Margaret was just nine years old and her father died when Margaret was eleven years old.  She grew up and started her career as a nurse in England.  She told us great stories of being a District Nurse riding her bicycle to see her clients (even once riding her bicycle off a cliff after following an old gentleman’s faulty directions).  Margaret had three children who loved her very much, John, Jayne and Michael.  Her husband, Cecil Dennis predeceased her in 1997.  Margaret and Cecil started their relationship through being penpals.  The family moved from England to Canada in 1968, where Margaret’s career continued, first in Toronto, where she worked at Riverdale Hospital and then up to Orangeville, where she ended up being a Director of Nursing.  She always loved to camp and often said when she went to Heaven, she would be looking for the campgrounds.  She also loved people, her community, family and friends and volunteering.  People also loved her; she was nice to everyone she met.  After her retirement, she volunteered at Cobourg Hospital within the Auxiliary and then later at the Community Health Center in Port Hope where she helped out with the cooking classes.  Towards the very end of her life, in hospital, she was calm, quiet and brave.  She was talkative and alert until the night before and on the last day, she just didn’t “wake up”.  Have a cry for her and remember.  Special thanks to the PSWs at CarePartners as well as to Dr. Dersnah and his staff and Community Care, and a special thank you to Angela, Zac and Kate, the nurses on 2B.  Left with warm feelings of love and appreciation are Margaret’s three children:  John (deceased) and his wife Glenda of Toronto, Jayne and her partner, Ron Kersey of Port Hope, and Michael and his wife Kerri of Orangeville.  Margaret’s grandchildren will also miss her deeply:  Ian, Colin, Victoria, Kelsie, Riley and Michaela.  Her extended family and friends will never forget her.  In lieu of flowers, Margaret would appreciate any donations to go to the Lung Association of Canada in her name or donations to her grandchildren’s education.

Service Information

Help us say goodbye and share stories at St. John the Evangelist Anglican Church, 33 Pine St. N, Port Hope on Saturday, October 6, 2018 at 11:00 am. Arrangements entrusted to the Fallis & Shields Funeral Home. Online donations and or condolences may be made at


I'm going to miss Marg. We would have some great chats and she loved to share her recipes. RIP Marg.

Ruth Wilson

I love you Aunty Margaret and will forever miss you. Please tell my mum (your Sister) I love her too and miss her dearly. Rest in peace my dear Aunty. Until we meet again xxx

Peter Smith

My thoughts and Prayers are with all of you at this time. I am sure my nan (Betty) is keeping her company. Love always

Amy Smith

I love you aunty Margaret, and miss you very much, I miss your beautiful letters, you would tell me about your lovely family, your baking, your garden, what you have grown and so much more, they were always so interesting, you were so busy all your life just like my mum, and so brave, loving and caring, so strong, and always thinking of others, I even remember the fantastic wool jumpers you used to knit for us as kids, and when you left for Canada you sent some over, they were so warm and creative, i am sad you are no longer with us but happy you are with all the other angels that you lost along the way, god bless you aunty Margaret, you are at peace now, I will try to smile and think of all the good memories I have every time I think of you, give my mum a hug from me now you are together, love you and miss you very much

Sue smith

Aunt Margaret, I will forever remember your independent, adventurous and infectious spirit. You will forever be missed. "Say not in grief that she is no more, but say in thankfulness that she was." ~ Rabindranath Tagore Psalm 116:15 Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of his saints.

Stephen & Kathy Wilson

So sorry for your loss Jayne and family! She was a special and interesting Lady.

Kathy Park

Dear Jayne and families I wish to express my deepest sympathy. I enjoyed our visits when she came to visit Dr Anne we always had a laugh and shared some great stories. She was a wonderful infectious woman. I will let Dr Anne know. Kathy formerly Dr Tesluk"s office.

Kathryn Patton

Maggie used to hug my dad and say she was his girlfriend and then they would both laugh. My warmest condolences Jayne and family.

Karen Wakely

I will never forget Marg. She took me through the paces of being an Auxillary Member at NHH and it was such fun working wit her on occasion. As a member of Probus she was known to speak her mind if that was deemed necessary but always with good grace and humour. Gary and I loved this woman and strange as it might seem - just today driving home from Whitby we spoke of her. So sorry for your loss - comfort in knowing she will be long remembered.

carolyn webb

A special person you will always be Margaret. I just met you at the hospital and only for a short time but i will not forget you. My symapthy to your wonderful family.

Shelley Milford (Sharon)

Dearest Aunty Margaret Although you lived so far away it was my greatest pleasure to spend some time in Canada with you, and your wonderful family around 1986. You were a true inspiration to me as a nurse and encouraged me to carry out my own career as a nurse. You were an amazing lady . You used to send me emails and updates of your family and events i know that you were incredibly proud of them all. May you rest in peace alongside my dad, your brother Jimmy, your Sisters Ellen, Betty and Vera, and your beloved son John and Cec . My Sincere Condolences to all the family. Much Love and you will be very sadly missed. Carol and the Cross Family. XXXX

Carol Lonergan (Cross)

good night god bless sadly missed

joe cross (jimmys son)

Marg was an important member of our support group. She was always there to share, listen and lend support for those living with Osteoporosis. We will all truly miss her bright smile and laugh at our meetings.

Osteoporosis Support Group

My dear Aunty Margaret I’ll never forget you I remember way back when you lived in a flat just you and John I can still smell the freshness of the paint we had some good times when I was little...I still remember the dress you made me for the Whit Walks when I was on the Banner I loved that dress and kept it for a long are now at rest with all your family you are all one are going to be missed so much I for one will never forget you...please give my mum and dad a big hug and kiss from me you will always be in my thoughts and preyers all our love Ellen and Jim In Australia ❤️Xx

Ellen Edge

I arrived to Shelburne, Canada in 1985 a little lost soul from Belfast trying to start a new life with a new family. Coming to a new country as a young nurse I felt a little intimidated, everything was so different. I was very blessed to have met Marg when she was Director of Nursing at Dufferin Oaks... we immediately hit it off. She hired me immediately. Marg took me under her wing and helped me adjust at work. Our paths crossed again as I changed jobs to the Shelburne hospital then to Orangeville hospital where I still work to this day. . I was so happy to see her smiling face. Marg encouraged me to expand my skills and education. Always had a witty, slightly sarcastic sense of humour about her, which I loved . She was an approachable, down to earth wonderful person and I’m fortunate to have known her. She certainly has a place in heaven, RIP. My friend.

Margaret Serre

Dear Janyne and family, I met Marge through Probus, we were founding members, 20 years ago. We had such fun through the years and I will always remember her sense of humour and bright smile. Condolences to all who loved her, Pauline Carrick

Pauline Carrick