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Pauline Mary Spenceley

Pauline Mary Spenceley

The death occurred of Pauline M. Spenceley, R.N., 78, at the QEH, Charlottetown, on June 28, 2018. Pauline was the dearly beloved wife of Tony Spenceley and the daughter of the late Frederick C. and Adeline (Cahill) DeCoste of Charlottetown. She is survived by her children Christopher (Suzanne Blanchette) of Charlottetown, Dianne (Robert) Reynolds of Rothesay, N.B., and Kenneth (Wendy Drake) of Charlottetown; by her grandchildren Bronwyn, Riley and Ethan; Spencer and Jenna; Sarah and Hannah; by her daughter-in-law, Denise; by her three sisters Gail Quinn, Lois (Joseph) Head, and Nan (David) Clarke, and predeceased by her brother Ted (Lynn Cunningham) DeCoste. Also survived by numerous nieces and nephews. She loved and took great pride in her three children and seven grandchildren. Pauline graduated from Notre Dame Academy, followed by one year of teaching in Meadow Bank. She then entered the nursing program at the Charlottetown Hospital School of Nursing receiving her R.N., Class of ‘61. Her nursing career involved working in hospitals in Quebec City, Calgary and Charlottetown. Pauline nursed in obstetrics and mental health. She was highly regarded by fellow nurses and by all those with whom she had contact. Her quiet, thoughtful and caring demeanor was always appreciated, as was her willingness to have a good laugh. Pauline was a gentle and intelligent soul who aspired to be the best nurse she could be. Respect and kind words from her patients, fellow nurses and doctors attest to her achieving her goal. Starting in 1997 with her retirement, Pauline enjoyed painting and quilting. She always enjoyed classical music and was a devoted reader of books of every genre from P.D. James to Margaret Atwood. In retirement, she and Tony travelled, especially in the U.K. and, during the dreaded cold of winter, in warmer climates such as Florida. On a daily basis, Pauline enjoyed the mental activity of doing the daily crossword, crypto quote or Suduko, often saying with a bright but ironic laugh “this will protect me from Alzheimer’s”. As time passed, one of Pauline’s great pleasures was to sit on the deck with Tony on a golden summers’ day, with a glass of wine, and enjoy her favorite music and reminisce about the good life they were fortunate enough to have. We will miss Pauline’s sense of humour, her talent for knowing what was really important in life and for her calming, reassuring way. A Celebration of Pauline’s Life will be held on the first anniversary of her passing, on Saturday, June 29th, 2019. If so desired, contributions to the Alzheimer Society would be appreciated. www.belvederefh.com


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