Monday, April 20, 2015

Margaret Mary Gallow Crichton (August 21, 1934 - April 7, 2015)

Margaret died peacefully in April 2015 surrounded by her family after a short, brave battle with cancer.

Margaret was the daughter of John J. ("Jack") and Bernadette (Donivan) Plaus.

The Plaus family
Seated left to right: Michael, Ann-Marie, Bernadette, John J., Betty-Ann and Doreen
Standing left to right: Jack, Dick, Margaret and Patricia.

Margaret was the embodiment of unconditional love and kindness. Her devotion to her family was all encompassing love, support, and mentoring.

This sense of love and devotion spread out to embrace and enrich the community around her. Her passion for improving the lives and advocating on behalf of all of individuals and families with special needs, was truly a lifetime cause.

Marg started her career in day program supports in Sudbury, ON, in the mid 70’s.  Over time Margaret has taken on roles with increased responsibility within MCSS, Justice and the Ministry of Health.

Her career from the front lines of service delivery through her work with the Ontario Ministry of Community and Social Services exemplified those values of giving and devotion to duty. Her work as a Public Servant included supporting the not-for-profit community agencies. As well her work at Huronia Regional Centre supported her belief in non-congregant living for those with special needs.

At the time of her death she was Executive Director of Catulpa Community Support Services where for the past fifteen years she continued with her equally dedicated colleagues to pursue her passion for supporting individuals and families.

Her wise, practical counsel and her infectious sense of Irish humour delighted everyone.

A Funeral Mass was held on Thursday April 16 in St. Mary's Catholic Church, 65 Amelia St. in Barrie

The Gallow family

The Gallow family

The Plaus family
Bernadette (Donivan) Plaus (1913-1994) seated

Gallow-Crichton grandchildren

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