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Margaret Big George, 68

It is with great sadness the family of Margaret ”Sweet Pea" Big George announces her passing on April 17, 2013 at the Bay Shore Nursing Home, Duluth MN.
Margaret was born in Big Island First Nation on January 2, 1945 to William and Roseanna Big George.
Margaret was an engaging storyteller and often spun her tales in her unique "Ojinglish" (Ojibwe + English) peppered with her infectious laugh. It is her sense of humour that got her through life's trials and tribulations and is fondly remembered by loved ones.
A favorite pastime of Margaret's was piecing together puzzles. No puzzle was too daunting or intricate for her and she delighted in showing them off.
As an avid shopper, Margaret always enjoyed a good deal and bargain and showered her loved ones with the treasures she found. She was a generous woman and embodied the notion that it is better to give than receive.
Margaret adored attending powwows with her daughter and back in her day, was an accomplished jingle dress dancer.
She also enjoyed beading and her handiwork included necklaces and bracelets.
Margaret returned to school and obtained her teaching degree. She taught for numerous years in Fond du Lac MN, specializing in aboriginal languages.
She will be greatly missed by her children Joe (Joanna) Big George of Winnipeg, Mb, Dawn Stevens of Duluth, MN, and John Mc Millen of Fond du Lac, MN, her grandchildren Fawn, Bear, John Henry Jr. ("Munch") and Timmy McMillen and six great-grandchildren
Margaret is also survived by her siblings Cecile Whitefield, Mae Jamison, Josephine Wood (Jean Pierre Daigle) and numerous nieces and nephews. She will be fondly remembered by her special niece Tishina Big George.
She was predeceased by her parents William and Roseanna, her sister Denise Bluecloud, and her brother in laws Darrell Whitefield, and Robert Jamison.
A wake was held on Monday April 22, 2013 at the Big Island First Nation Community Centre at 3 p.m. with a traditional service to follow on Tuesday April 23, 2013 at 11 a.m.
Interment will take place in Big Island First Nation Cemetery.
Online condolences may be offered at www.northridgefuneralhome.com