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McRAE, Agatha Margaret



May 72, 1924 – April 16, 2023

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Agatha Margaret McRae. Agatha passed away peacefully in Didsbury, on Sunday, April 16th, 2023. Her family and friends were blessed to have her here for nearly 99 years.

Agatha was born at home near Twin Butte, Alberta - May 27th, 1924. Agatha was the 6th child of 10 born to William and Eva Bruder. Agatha took her schooling at the Marr school where she first met a dashing young man by the name of Murray McRae. Agatha went on to continue her schooling at the Kermaria Convent in Pincher Creek. Agatha worked at various jobs as a young adult, in the Waterton and Pincher Creek areas.  Then on November 6th, 1944 Agatha married Murray McRae, the love of her life through nearly 75 years of marriage.

At first Murray and Agatha lived in the Pincher Creek area, eventually making the momentous move to the Didsbury area in 1950. Here, Agatha made her life working hard, farming and raising her children, and eventually becoming a grandmother, great grandmother and even a great, great grandmother. Agatha enjoyed gardening and landscaping and creating beauty around her home. Sports of all kinds were a passion for Agatha’s competitive spirit. Through her life, Agatha enjoyed many sports – baseball, lawn bowling, shuffle board, and golf to name a few. Agatha enjoyed nothing better than a game of cards with friends. She excelled at many types of art mediums, leaving behind a legacy of beauty for us to enjoy.

Murray and Agatha enjoyed travelling and were blessed to have many adventures together all over the world. At home, Agatha enjoyed singing in a local choir that entertained at local lodges and events. She gave many hours of volunteer service with the WI and the CWL, supporting her community and neighbors in many ways. Agatha was a devoted member of her parish and enjoyed delivering meals, volunteering in long term care and delivering the sacrament to the infirm.

Agatha is lovingly remembered by her children Robert (Karen), Diana (Terry), Louise (Darwin) and Tammy (Randy), her daughter-in-law, Ursula, many grandchildren, great grandchildren and great, great grandchildren as well as many nieces and nephews.

Agatha was predeceased by her husband Murray, her son Russell, and her granddaughter Melissa. Agatha was the last living member of her family of 10 siblings.

A Celebration of Life will be held April 22nd and internment to take place at the Didsbury Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Mountain View Senior’s Housing – Aspen Lodge. Messages of condolence for the family may be left at