“My father died during World War I when I was twelve years of age. I have a very special aunt who was very close to me all of my life; Aunt Margaret (Maggie) and it was at this time that Aunt Margaret came and lived with us until Mother passed on, all in all, about thirty years. She took up the slack so to speak. She was a maiden lady and a fine person. She was one of the most generous ladies I think I ever knew and she was also a gracious person.”
While Dick Chandler records Margaret as having been born in Barrow-in-Furness, Lancashire, I find her birth records in Ontario.
Maggie is said to have raised adopted daughter, Betty June, as her own. Betty later married W.C.Silver and eventually lived and died in Ottawa. I would really treasure finding or hearing from any of her descendents. It is said that a large photograph of my Great Grandfather John Moors in uniform, used to hang in Betty’s dining room.
Maggie died on the 25th of March in 1956 in Hamilton, Ontario. The cause of death was mercury poisoning; her kidneys were not functioning and her weight went from 135 lbs to 195 lbs in a matter of weeks before she died.
Her obituary in the Hamilton Spectator Tuesday, March 27, 1956, read,
HADDOW – At the General Hospital, on Sunday, March 25, 1956, Margaret Ann Haddow, 1391/2 John Street South, in her seventy-sixth year. Resting at the Dodsworth and Brown Funeral Home, 114 Main Street West at Bay. Service in the chapel on Wednesday at 2 p.m. Interment Hamilton Cemetery.