Dr. Elizabeth Eveline (Dunbar) MacLeod
Born In: New Glasgow, Nova Scotia, Canada
Born: May 29th, 1925
Passed in: Baddeck, Canada
Passed on: January 28th, 2016
Eveline MacLeod, 90, died peacefully at Victoria County Memorial Hospital on Jan. 28, 2016 after a six month illness. She faced this with courage, strength and faith, and was an inspiration to us all.
She was born in New Glasgow, N.S. on May 29, 1925 to the late William Archibald and Emily Jane [Hood] Dunbar. She attended the one room school in Lorne, N.S., then high school in New Glasgow. From there she attended Nova Scotia Normal College in Truro studying Home Economics. It was there that she learned highland dancing which lead her eventually to Cape Breton. She taught Home Economics and others subjects in Thorburn and then in Baddeck for many years. Her many accomplishments and interests over the years included: an Honorary Doctorate from Cape Breton University in 2012; her book entitled Celtic Threads published in 2014; attendance at the Banff School of Fine Arts to study weaving; founder of the South Haven Guild of Weavers, Spinners and Dyers; founder Baddeck Handcraft Festival; taught Adult Education classes in sewing and other handcrafts for many years throughout Cape Breton, including the Cape Breton School of Crafts; highland dance teacher in Pictou County and Cape Breton; Honorary Member of Board of Directors for the Gaelic College; and founder of first girls Pipe Band in North America in New Glasgow.
Always interested in community affairs, she belonged to many organizations: Ephraim Scott Presbyterian Church in South Haven; Life Member, Atlantic Mission Society; Life Member Alexander Graham Bell Club; South Haven Community Hall organization; Clan Dunbar and Clan MacLeod.
She is survived by sons, David and his wife Heather, Middleton, N.S.; and Kevin, at home; daughters, Mary, RN, at home; Emily and husband Dr. Angus MacDonald, Isle of Skye, Scotland. She dearly loved and encouraged her four grandchildren, Mairead and Allan MacDonald living in London, UK, and Maia and Matthew MacLeod, Middleton, N.S. She is survived by her cousin, Betty Hood Young, Hopewell, N.S.; nephew, Craig and his family of Vancouver, B.C., sisters-in-law, Barbara Crosby and Helen MacLeod and many nieces and nephews.
Besides her parents, she was predeceased by her husband, Robert S. MacLeod in 2012; brother and sister-in-law, John and Maija Dunbar and cousin, James Hood.
Visitation is Monday, Feb 1st, 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. at Ephraim Scott Presbyterian Church, South Haven. Funeral service Tuesday, Feb. 02, 2016 at 2 p.m. with Rev. Brian MacLeod officiating.
Her family would like to thank the staff at Victoria County Memorial Hospital in Baddeck for their kind, compassionate,and competent care. Also thanks to Rev. Brian MacLeod, Drs. Chow, Genge, Heughan and Ritter, care workers at home support and especially all her friends and family for their visits, calls, cards, and gifts.
Donations may be made to: Hospice Society of Victoria County, Box 279, Baddeck, N.S., B0E 1B0.
Funeral under the care and direction of MacAskill Funeral Home, Baddeck.