In Memoriam – Margery Plummer, 1916 – 2016

Margery E. A. Plummer (nee Fidler) slipped away quietly, with a smile in her eyes, at the home of her eldest daughter, Lynn Trebell (Bruce), after a rich life, enthusiastically lived, one filled with love, laughter and music.

Little Margery was a positive, nurturing, selfless, pure clear light, always looking for the best in everyone. Since she was a child, she could not hear a bird sing, was deaf, and heard only one word out of 15. Yet she was happy-go-lucky and brilliant, learning to read lips.

She made her grades at Kew Beach Public School, going on to Malvern Collegiate. She worked at lithographing and was a hard-working woman with a house full of wonderful boarders just off the ship from Britain for years. Altogether, 241 people slept at her house.

Margery taught herself to play the piano so well that she went on to teach others to play, allowing them to come and practise any time at her house. Three of them are now successful musicians. She wrote lyrics and music to a song. She played the ukulele, did the Hula dance and had a beautiful singing voice.

Her motto was “try smiling.” Margery taught Sunday School at Bellefair United Church and enjoyed the friendship of neighbours and bowling buddies at Shamrock Bowl and O’Connor Bowl. She knitted, crocheted and sewed many beautiful garments.

Margery’s math skills were excellent. It was a real challenge to beat her at Scrabble, cribbage, Chinese checkers or crokinole. Her easy, loving smile won everyone’s heart.

She was instrumental in bringing awareness to politicians for a safer GO station , leading to the change from steep stairs to an elevator at the Main and Danforth station, as well as a streetcar shelter at Coxwell Avenue and Queen Street East.

Margery was the first to offer help if someone was ill. She never had a bad word to say about anyone, even if they wronged her. She was only 4 feet 3 inches tall, but her accomplishments surpassed her stature.

Margery was chosen to be listed on the Beach Honour Scroll at Community Centre 55. In 2007 she was selected as a Beach Woman of Distinction, celebrated at the Balmy Beach Club. She was honoured to have her name on the large memorial stone and had the honour of raising the new Beach flag at the Leuty Lifeguard Station, as well as speaking at the opening of the Millennium Gardens at Coxwell and Eastern Avenue. Her favourite saying was “with God, all things are possible.”

A celebration of Margery Plummer’s 100 years of life in the Beach – many spent at her former home at 42 Wheeler Ave. – will include historical displays of the highlights of her life and samples of her prize-winning bean salad recipe.

Join with friends and family at Pine Hill Visitation Centre, 625 Birchmount Rd., starting at 11 a.m. on Thursday, July 21. A service will be held beginning at noon.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Children’s Aid Foundation or the Salvation Army.

Lynn Trebell is Margery Plummer’s daughter. 


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2 comments

Hello. I am my moms youngest daughter Judith Ann. My mom did not go to Malvern School. She went to Danforth Tech.
Lynn Trebell went to Malvern Collegate for maybe 1 year. She is now 72 years old and I feel she was confused.
There are a few mentions about moms life that are wrong. Mom and I spoke of her life often. It is truly fascinating.
I have so much I formation written down and a picture of her outside of Kippendavie Avenue. Mom as a small child is sitting in a cart, in the winter and a goat is attached to the cart to pull my mom.

I grew up on Lee..and I remember your sister Lynn and I recall seeing your mom heading up Wheeler Ave many times. I didn’t know your family well, but enjoyed reading about your mom’s life and accomplishment. What a wonderful long life.

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