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October 6, 1927 - April 21, 2023
In loving memory ~
Margrit de Graff (nee Gottschling) October 6, 1927 - April 21, 2023
Born Oct 6,1927 in Luneburg, Germany and died April 21, 2023 in High River, Alberta.
Margrit built and ran De Graff's Resort at Gull Lake. . Many in Lacombe remember her as a X-country ski instructor, a member of the recreation board, and Lacombe's Athlete of the Year in her sixties. An inspiring athlete who never "acted her age", she earned a vast trove of medals into her advanced years, among them two golds, three silvers and two bronzes at World Masters Cross Country Skiing Championships, and two golds at the 2014 Canadian 55+ Games in cycling at age 87. At age 80 she realized a life-long dream of becoming a writer. Her stories and poems are published in multiple anthologies and magazines, and she wrote many self-published books of memoir and poetry. Our mom slipped peacefully away at age 95, surrounded by her children. Those who knew Margrit are welcome to leave memories, photos, and messages to the family at