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Martha Brannen

Martha Brannen

Born In: Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada
Born: October 9th, 1927

Passed in: Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada
Passed on: November 14th, 2017

BRANNEN, Martha A. – age 90, of TVM, The Meadows Home for Special Care, passed away with her daughters at her side at The Meadows on November 14, 2017. Born in Yarmouth on October 9, 1927, she was a daughter of the late Robert Joseph and Ethel Clara (Amero) Nickerson. Martha was a loving wife, mother and grandmother who loved her family dearly. In her early days, she worked as a waitress at Wagner’s, Creaser’s and Purity Lunch, and was a waitress and housekeeper at Lakelawn Motel. During war times, she worked at the Amos Brannen & Sons Limited store at Yarmouth Bar. Dad somehow managed to steal a customer’s note about saving dates and butter, to ask Mom out on their first date, and that was the beginning of their story. They would have celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary a week after her passing. She would often tell stories of her childhood years growing up at the Yarmouth Light, helping her father wind the light every 12 hours and taking people for tours in the lighthouse for $10. She enjoyed travelling to Alabama, Ontario and Tennessee to visit family, spending summer weekends at the camp in East Kemptville, going for drives in the country or to Cape Forchu looking for deer, feeding the birds, bingo, card games with friends, and gardening. In later years, Word Search puzzles and a tablet were favorite hobbies. Mom took great pride in keeping a beautiful garden, a spotless house and making delicious meals for family and company. Her greatest joys in life were her children and she was always proud of all their accomplishments. An even greater joy in her life was her precious time with her beloved grandson, Brent and his dog, Oliver. She was affectionately called “Ya Ya” by Brent, they spent many hours reading, playing games, going for drives and singing along to songs on the radio. Company could often be heard asking “What ya got good to eat Mart?” Mom lived the last 33 years of her life without Dad by her side, and the loss of her grandson was also a very difficult time in her life. Mom fought until the very end and continued to smile at everyone until she was no longer able to, and we take comfort in believing she is reunited with Dad and Brent. As Mom would always say as we left her, “love you too and be good.”
She is survived by her children, Harold (Heather Cunningham), of Overton; Marsha (Jimmy) Posey, of North Kemptville; Fraser (Donna), of Overton; Charles, of Australia; and Charlene, of Halifax; brothers, Harry Nickerson, N.B.; Douglas (Sherri) Nickerson, Chebogue; sisters, June Stanley, Alabama; Pauline Cottreau, Yarmouth; Gladys (Robert) Tougas, Ont. Besides her parents, she was predeceased by her husband Amos Brannen, Jr.; brother, Charles Nickerson; sister, Margaret Bain; and grandson, Brent Brannen. Mom also greatly appreciated her three daughter-in-law’s, Linda, Donna and Heather. The family wishes to thank the staff of Evergreen House, The Meadows, for their loving care of our mother over the last five years. She was loved by many of them. Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Sweeny’s Funeral Home and Crematorium, Yarmouth. Visitation was held Friday, November 17, 2017 from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. in Sweeny’s Funeral Home Chapel. A funeral service was held Saturday, November 18, 2017 at 11 a.m. from Sweeny’s Funeral Home Chapel, Rev. A.D. “Bill” Newell officiated. A reception followed at Holy Trinity Anglican Church Community Hall on William Street. A private family burial will take place at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations in memory may be made to Cystic Fibrosis Canada, Diabetes Canada, or a charity of your choice. On-line condolences may be sent to: sweenysfh@eastlink.ca or you may sign the guestbook on-line at: www.sweenysfuneralhome.net.

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