Wycliffe Mourns the Loss of Margaret Eleanor Allman Stackhouse
Monday December 5th, 2011
MARGARET ELEANOR ALLMAN STACKHOUSE
Teacher, Administrator, Wife, Mother, Grandmother
Margaret Eleanor Allman Stackhouse passed away on Wednesday November 30th, 2011.
Born in Toronto, Margaret lived all her life here except for periods in New Haven (Connecticut), Ottawa, Bracebridge, and St. Petersburg Beach (Florida). She was educated at Norway Public School, Eastern High School of Commerce, the Anglican Women’s Training College, the Toronto Teachers’ College, and the University of Toronto. She was awarded the Bachelor of Arts degree and the Ontario Teacher’s Certificate.
After teaching in the Scarborough and Toronto public school systems, she administered the Hanen and the Wycliffe College Development Department where she created the Wycliffe Prayer Cycle and the Alumni Newsletter. With her husband, she shared ministries in St. Matthew’s Church, Islington, St. John’s Church, West Toronto, Wycliffe College, the community life of Scarborough and the Parliament of Canada.
Margaret was a “people person” whose life was lived so much in the lives of other people, especially her husband, four children, children-in-law, and nine grandchildren. She was the “heart” of her family, the “maker” of her home. But her love was not limited to her own. Every day, she wrote letters and cards which went all over the world. Somehow she knew the birthdays of all her relatives and such a global company of friends that one mail carrier remarked, “Mrs. Stackhouse knows everybody in the world?” For ten years, the “mother of Wycliffe” she made the Principal’s Residence a centre of the College’s life together.
A flower lover, she transformed “Coldstream” (the Stackhouse home in Muskoka) into a garden despite the Precambrian Shield’s massive challenge. Margaret also loved animals and could not pass a dog or a cat without sharing some of her joy in living with it. At “Coldstream” she was also the “bird lady” whose feeder brought to her country kitchen window a fethered rainbow of winged creatures.
On three continents all who knew her can appreciate how her favourite hymn expressed a life that fulfilled this prayer.