Born In: New Waterford, Nova Scotia, Canada
Born: December 7th, 1914
Passed in: New Waterford, Nova Scotia, Canada
Passed on: September 29th, 2012
Florence of Ellsworth Avenue, passed away peacefully on Sept. 29, 2012.
Born in New Waterford on Dec. 7, 1914, she was the daughter of the late Edward Doyle and Flora (MacDonald) McKenzie.
Edward, a native of Westville, came to Cape Breton to work, where he met Flora, of French Road, Grand Mira. They built their home where the land meets the sea on the New Waterford coastline, where Florence in turn raised her large family and lived her entire life.
She is survived by her children, Michael (Marilla), Eastern Passage; Fr. Bill, Calgary; Carmel (Jack) Coffin, Sydney; Fidel (Ann), New Waterford; Arthur, Pincher Creek, Alta.; Brenda (George Milburn), Bernadette (Wally) Foley, both of Cole Harbour; Ron, Paul (Terry), Edward, all of Calgary; David (Anna), Pius (Gail MacDougall), both of New Waterford; sisters, Pearl Buffett, New Waterford; Edna Aikins, Barrie, Ont; 23 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren.
Besides her parents, she was predeceased by her husband of 48 years, Fidelis ‘Dally’, in l982; son, Thomas, in childhood; sisters, Evelyn (in infancy), Evelyn Firth, Esther Blanchette; brothers, Rannie, John, Bill, Bernard; grandson, Ron.
Florence was a devoted member of the former St. Agnes Church, now the Parish of St. Leonard. She was long time member of the Catholic Women's League, and the Aging Gracefully social group, which she attended as recently as last week.
She was active in sports in her younger years, especially basketball and always enjoyed swimming even through her eighties.
She made frequent journeys to visit her children in their homes across Canada and particularly enjoyed several trips to Europe.
Our mother was a remarkable lady. She was very resourceful, responsible, energetic and courageous. She loved her children unconditionally and did all she could to encourage them to be educated and responsible in life.
Visitation will be Wednesday, 2-4 p.m., 7-9 p.m. in V.J. McGillivray Funeral Home, 380 Smith St., New Waterford. Funeral Mass will be celebrated by Fr. Bill on Thursday, Oct. 4, 2012 at 10 a.m. in St. Leonard's Church, Mount Carmel Ave., New Waterford. Interment to be held at St. Agnes Cemetery. Reception to follow in St. Leonard's Parish Hall, Convent Street.
Donations in Florence's memory may be made to the Kidney Foundation of Canada, Southern Alberta Branch, 6007 1A Street SW, Calgary, Alta., T2H 0G5.
Online condolences to the family can be expressed at: www.vjmcgillivray.ca.
Members of the C.W.L. will gather at the funeral home on Wednesday afternoon at 3 p.m. for a prayer service.