CLARKSON, (Edith) Margaret. b. Melville, Saskatchewan, Canada, 8 June 1915; d. Toronto, 17 March 2008. Margaret Clarkson moved with her family to Toronto at the age of four. As a child she attended St John’s Presbyterian Church in Toronto where she would study a hymnbook during the sermons, beginning her lifelong engagement with hymnody. She wrote her first hymn texts at twelve. Educated in Toronto, she taught elementary school for 38 years, starting in lumber and mining communities in northern Ontario before returning to Toronto in 1942. She taught at various schools until her early retirement in 1973.
In 1948-49, Clarkson took a leave from teaching to work as an editorial writer with...
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