GILLIS, MARY GERALDINE (TEED) - It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of Mary Geraldine (Teed) Gillis, age 89, of 42 Victoria Street, Middleton, Nova Scotia, on June 27, 2011, at Soldiers’ Memorial Hospital, in Middleton. Born in Saint John, New Brunswick on August 13, 1921, she was the daughter of John Francis Hannington and Muriel Vivian (Wetmore) Teed. She is survived by daughter, Mary Heather, Annapolis Royal, NS; sons, Donald T. (Victoria), Middleton, NS; W. Bruce (Deborah), Paradise, NS; Thomas G. (Dorena), Halifax, NS; James B. (Flora), Arlington, Texas; Timothy D. Middleton, NS; G. Scott (Josephine), St. John’s, NL; Shaun A., Saint John, NB; and grandchildren, Robbie and Kendra; Jamie, Andrew and Alex; Mhorgan, Chelsea and Kirsten; Shamus and Brianna Gillis, and Michael Young. She is also survived by brother, Hugh (Betty), Toronto, ON, and sister, Gloria Trivett (Donald), Clifton Royal, NB. She was predeceased by her husband of fifty-one years, Donald Archibald Gillis of Paradise, NS, and by infant daughter Melody Anne, as well as by brothers, George and Eric, and sisters, Hazel Hazen, Beth Young, and Alice Teed. She received her early education in the public schools of Saint John and then at Edgehill School for Girls in Windsor, NS. She then attended the Modern Business College in Saint John. A passionate historian, she fought fiercely for her adopted province of Nova Scotia while always remembering her New Brunswick roots. A life-long member of the United Empire Loyalist Association, she was President of the United Empire Loyalist Bicentennial Association of Nova Scotia for the 200th anniversary celebrations in 1983. She was a founding organizer of the Annapolis Valley Highland Games. For many years she was on the executive of the Soldiers’ Memorial Hospital Auxiliary, the Provincial Hospital Auxiliary, and the Annapolis Valley Historical Society. She played a pivotal role in saving two of Middleton's most historic buildings from demolition: she lead the charge which resulted in Canada's first MacDonald Consolidated School being reborn as the MacDonald Museum and was instrumental in having the old Holy Trinity Anglican Church declared a Heritage Site. She also took great pride in the Gillis family’s association with the Clan MacPherson and led two family excursions to Scotland to take part in the Clan Gatherings. Mary was an avid badminton and tennis player who was still giving her seven sons grief on the courts on her eightieth birthday. She will be lovingly remembered and sorely missed.
The funeral service will be held at Old Holy Trinity Anglican Church in Lower Middleton at 2 pm on Friday, July 1, 2011. Interment will follow in Old Holy Trinity Cemetery, Middleton. Visitation at Middleton Funeral Home, 398 Main Street, Middleton, NS on Wednesday, June 29 from 7 to 9 pm and Thursday, June 30, 2011 from 2 to 4 pm and from 7 to 9 pm. Flowers are welcome. Donations in lieu may be made to the Annapolis Valley Historical Society Foundation or to the Old Holy Trinity Charitable Trust. Online condolences may be made through: www.middletonfuneralhome.com