Mildred (Millie) Elizabeth Nelson (nee Belliveau)
After a life well lived, aged 90, Mildred (Millie) Nelson (nee Belliveau), formerly of Amherst, NS and Cambridge, Ontario passed away January 1, 2012, 15 minutes into the New Year at the Village of Winston Park, Kitchener, Ontario.
Millie was a live wire! She loved to dance and taught line dancing for years (and made us watch the videos!). She was an exquisite embroiderer, quilter, knitter and dress maker having received her diploma in 1946 from Montreal’s Maurice Dress Designing Institute. She learned to play the organ in mid-life. There was little this talented lady couldn’t do. For years she knit dozens and dozens of little caps for hospital babies, and we have kept some available for future Belliveau and related babies.
Prior to husband Kenny’s death the two traveled extensively throughout the States with their trailer in tow. Millie had wonderful and fun stories about times with her younger brother Gerald and his wife Marilyn during their many Texas visits.
During the war, this spunky optimist wanted to join the Navy, but knew her mother would not support this. So, Mildred told her she wanted to join the Army. “The Army!” her mother said, “absolutely not. Better you join the Navy or Air Force!” She enlisted in the Navy in May 1943 and was honorably discharged in July ’45. Way to go, Millie
Mildred was born and raised in Amherst, Nova Scotia where she worked on the Anson aircraft then at The Two Barkers (now Dayles Department Store), then eventually relocated to Montreal where she met and married her Kenny. Together they lived in Montreal, St Eustache-sur-le-Lac and LaSalle, Quebec. The two them moved to Bramalea and eventually to the John Bayus Park in Cambridge, Ontario. Millie found many faithful and true friends during her years at the Park and although she left there with a heavy heart, she knew she would be well cared for at Vila Nova Place in Cambridge and then the Village of Winston Park, Kitchener.
Predeceased by her parents John and Helena, husband Kenny, brother Rene, Victor, Leo (in infancy), and sisters Lorraine and Lenore (in infancy). Although Mildred and Kenny had no children, she leaves to mourn her niece Eileen (Lee) Cormier (Long Island, New York), and nephews Ralph (Sheila Graham) Belliveau (Amherst, NS) and Gary (Connie) Belliveau (Moncton, NB), her brother Gerald plus many great and great-great nieces and nephews.
Aunt Millie last visited the Maritimes in August 2010 to attend the wedding of a great-niece. She wrote in a guest book, only read months later, “When I arrive at the pearly gates and Saint Peter says what kept you so long, I will answer “blame my family”. They decided I needed some exercise. So they walked and walked me until I finally said ‘enough’. I’ll pass on as soon as possible which appears to be a much longer period than I had planned. So here I am Peter. Nice to finally meet you. Peace at last. Millie”
Cremation has taken place. Donations to the charitable organization of your choice.
Peace at last to you, Millie. We love you.