VASSELIN, Margaret (Gray)

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Margaret (Gray) Vasselin was born May 8, 1932 in Lethbridge, AB to Bertha and William Gray. She grew up on the family farm east of Carmangay, with two younger brothers, James and Robert. Life was very busy on the farm, and Mom was involved with cooking, cleaning, and taking care of her siblings when Grandma was busy. After finishing her schooling in Carmangay, Mom was off to Calgary to pursue her Teaching Certificate at the University of Calgary. This was a big step for Mom coming from small-town Alberta to the big city. She had to travel by train to and from Calgary when she went home, which wasn’t very often in those days. During one summer break from University, Mom took a sewing/fashion course at Olds College. She loved her time there, and passed on her love of sewing and creating, to her daughter and granddaughters now. While at University, two life changing things happened - she met her life long friend Joyce Ferguson (known as Auntie Joyce to us) who was also training for teaching. The other event - Mom met Lawrence Vasselin from Bow Island at a youth group event, which started a long and fruitful relationship. They were married in Lethbridge on July 22, 1955 and Mom had the most unique wedding dress - green satin with hand embroidered daisies. Before they married Mom had taken a teaching position in Coaldale for one year, and then relocated to Calgary for a while after their wedding where Dad worked in Accounting for Canada Packers until the spring of 1957 when they moved to their first farm south of Three Hills. Their daughter Patsy Marie was born two years after, and their son Lawrence Richard, 18 months after. In 1964, we moved three miles east to our farm, where Mom and Dad developed and enjoyed the work of their hands and all God had blessed them with. Mom returned to teaching after her own children were in school. One year at Pontmain School in Trochu and the rest of her career in Three Hills teaching mainly Grade 1, along with another good friend, Grace Reed. Mom genuinely cared about each student that went through her classroom. After 25 years she retired to enjoy grandchildren, numerous trips with family to their favorite spot in California and her garden and flower beds on the farm. Lawrence passed away in 2008 but with the help of many friends (Alice McDiarmid, Jan Crouch), family (Jennifer, Joyana & Caleb) and Comfort Keepers of Red Deer, Mom was able to stay in her home until February 2015, when she moved into Westview Care Community at Linden. There she made new friends with residents and staff. As her health and vision faded, her desire for heaven and freedom from all these struggles increased. Her love for her Savior and the love of her family carried her throughout her life, but especially these last few years. We look forward to a joyful reunion one day. Margaret is survived by her daughter Pat (Earl) Koch and son Richard (Melodie) Vasselin. Grandchildren Joelle (Thomas) Sypkes, Jordan (Jacci) Koch, Jennifer (Luke) Smith, Joyana (Caleb) Faialaga, Kyle (Melissa) Vasselin, Kathleen Vasselin. And the ones who brought her great joy in the recent years, her great grandchildren Elenya & Blaire Sypkes, Sawyer Koch & Eric Regehr, Sutton & Buck Smith, Mila Faialaga and Kolton, Eva, and Levi Vasselin. Margaret is also survived by brother Robert Gray, two sisters-in-law Mary Vasselin and Phyllis Andersen, and many nieces, nephews and their families. A quote found in Mom’s purse: “LOVE can be defined as that which desires and seeks the highest good of the other person. It chooses to do what will best benefit others. Only the Holy Spirit can produce in us the unselfish ability to seek the best for others.” This is the kind of LOVE Mom lived. “The Lord is My Shepherd I shall not want…” Psalm 23:1.