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February 28, 2017

Margaret Genevieve Humphrey (née Hughes) of Kincardine died at the South Bruce Grey Health Centre, Kincardine, Tuesday, Feb. 28, in her 88th year. Beloved wife of the late George Humphrey who predeceased her in 2010. Dear mother of Louise Silverston (Robert) of Toronto, Ruth McFarlane of Deep River and Graham Humphrey (Michele Leibold) of Clinton. Missed by her grandchildren, Heather Cariati (Tony), Kimberley Silverston, David Silverston, Paul Silverston, Thomas Humphrey (Alison) and Christy Humphrey; and great-grandchildren, Nathan, Matthew, Ryan, Samuel, Andrew and Anna. Fondly remembered by sister-in-law, Thelma Hughes of Belle River; and several nieces and nephews. Predeceased by her parents, Thomas and Martha (née French) Hughes; brothers, Murray Hughes (Marion), and Howard Hughes; and sister, June Hughes. An accomplished rughooker and instructor, Humphrey learned the art in 1967 and has been a qualified teacher in Canada since 1970, and in the United States since 1975. A charter member of the Victoria Park Gallery in downtown Kincardine, she had several pieces of her work on display there. She also made Izzy Dolls which she would give to Katrena Johnston of Kincardine who forwarded them to "Doctors Without Borders" to give to children in third-world countries. In addition, Humphrey made pneumonia vests for hospitals in Africa, and sun dresses for little girls in Haiti and Africa. And, in her spare time, she made smock bonnets. She also enjoyed spending time with her family. In 2015, she was proud to have her artwork become part of the Pan American (Pan Am) Games in Toronto. As a member of the Ontario Hooking Craft Guild, she received the group's spring newsletter, and saw an article about the Pan Am project. There were 41 countries registered for the games and the guild wanted its members to do 41 rughookings to be used for advertising throughout 2014, and then presented to each of the countries at the games. Humphrey contacted the guild president and said she would be glad to do up one of the pieces. After seeing the various designs, she selected one by her colleague, Jayne Nevins, featuring the CN Tower, a maple leaf and a running shoe, complete with a shoelace with gave it a 3D effect. The memorial service to celebrate Margaret’s life will be held at Kincardine United Church, Saturday, March 11, 2017, at 1 p.m., with pastor Judy Zarubick officiating.  Inurnment, Kincardine Cemetery. Memorial donations to Kincardine United Church or the Kincardine and Community Health Care Foundation would be appreciated as expressions of sympathy.