Born Margaret McDowall Calderwood in Glasgow, Scotland on April 27, 1885. Her parents were James Calderwood a pit fireman in the mines, and Isabella McDougall, who was also the daughter of a coal miner. When Margaret's father tired of the mines, he became a hairdresser.
Margaret married Donald Crawford and had two sons, James "Jim" (named after her own father), and George. She and Donald moved the family from Scotland to Drummondville Quebec 1930 then to Toronto Ontario in 1932. Sadly Donald passed away in 1940 at 57 years of age of coronary thrombosis. He had been a miner and Textile worker and a member of the Masons.
Margaret outlived her husband by over twenty years, passing away suddenly while visiting friends in Hamilton, Ontario in August of 1961. Her oldest son George had already predeceased her, and her depression following his death may have contributed to her own. She was 76 years old.
Margaret was reknowned as a strong and perfectionistic woman who followed a strict set of rules and expectations. However she was a loving grandmother who enjoyed having her grandchildren over to visit for a week at a time, taking them on outings and to the show. Margaret was also involved with the Masons as a member of the Eastern Star.
She is buried with her son George.