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Leonore Chesley

Leonore Dixon (Nichols) Chesley, 100, (1916 - 2017) died on Friday, February 17, 2017 at Gables Lodge. Longtime resident of Amherst. Eldest daughter of Leon Leroy Nichols and Elizabeth (Dixon) Nichols. Talented pianist, needlework artist, Spanish speaker, traveler. Career stenographer and office manager in legal and healthcare settings.
"Auntie" Lea cherished her nieces Linda (David Eagles), Debbie (Clyde Rose), Stacey Nichols, Carol (Clayton) Gray, Ruth Danson-Faraday and Lynne (Malcolm Barkhouse); nephews Gary (Nichols) and Jim Danson (Sue McRuer). She delighted in chauffeuring us in her VW Beetle at any opportunity. We were treated to years of birthday and Christmas gifts, telephone calls and her twinkling sense of humour and story-telling at family gatherings. A mentor and an example to us all, she remained proudly independent and spirited to the end.
Predeceased by her parents; husband, Gordon Chesley; brothers Hartt and Douglas Nichols; sister Hazel Danson.
Cremation has taken place under the direction of Furlong-Jones Funeral Home, 70 Church St. Amherst, NS (902-667-8777). A private graveside memorial service at later date. Special thanks to devoted friends Elroy and the late Kathy Fletcher, whose kind support made it possible for both Lea and Gordon to stay in their own home well into their 90s. Recognition and thanks to Gables staff and the many healthcare professionals who cared for Lea over the years. A nod to personnel at Scotia Bank for their genuine interest in Auntie Lea each time she visited the branch. A scholarship is being set up in Lea's name to assist worthy candidates in paramedical training. Memorial donations gratefully accepted to Cumberland Regional Health Care Centre or Victorian Order of Nurses. Sharing of memories and condolences may be sent to the family by visiting Leonore's online memorial at www.furlongjones.ca or through the Furlong-Jones Funeral Home Facebook Page.


 
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