1946 to 2010

Margie passed away December 17, 2010, with family at her side. Margie was born November 04, 1946 to Alex and Myrna Parakin. She was the eldest of three daughters. Margie spent all of her life in Grand Forks except for a brief time in McBride, B.C.

Margie married Rod McKinney in 1963 and they had three children: Rodney, Melanie and Susan.

Margie met her soul mate, truly the love of her life, Ed Smallbones and they married in 1984. They owned and operated Valley Cleaners until Ed’s passing in 2000. She and Ed spent many wonderful years together. They loved to garden and enjoyed the fruits of their labor. Margie’s flower gardens were showcases of color. She loved to do needlework and passed many beautiful works of art onto her family and friends. Weekends were spent with friends and family. Many memories were made in the back 40 with a bon fire, guitars and singing.

Margie was predeceased by her husband Ed, father Alex and mother Myrna Parakin. She is survived by her children: Rodney (Dodie) McKinney, Melanie McKinney of Fort McMurray and Susan (Jeff) Pockele of Noelville, Ontario; grandchildren Jacob and Justin McKinney, Kellie (Perry) McIver and Keith McIver; great-grandbaby, Emma Jayde Hodder of Alberta; sisters, Katie Steinbach and Christine Parakin; nephews: Keith (Kim) Steinbach, Don (Debra) Steinbach, Nick and Mike Semenoff; very dear friends: Alex and Carolyn Padmoroff, Beverly and Brock Greathead, Naida Androsoff and Darryl Osachoff; Ed’s children: Ted, Susan, Jim and Jill; aunts, Helen Hadikin and Gladys Kabatoff; and uncle Mike (Doreen) Plotnikoff.

“Maggie, we will miss you and you will forever be in our hearts. Now go home.” A celebration of life will be held in 2011.

The family of Margie Smallbones would like to give a special thank you to Barb Bannert, Louise Fitzgerald, doctors, nurses, staff, hospice workers at Rezansoff Manor and Boundary Hospital for the care and compassion they had shown to our Mother while she was in your care. Thank you to the friends and family who were with Mom during her final days, staying with her day and night so she was not alone when we were not able to be there. Knowing you were there with her made it easier to accept. Thank you to Grand Forks Funeral Home and Everett Baker for all your assistance and understanding during this time.

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