My Mom was my best friend. The first person I went to with great or terrible news, the one person who always told me the truth and someone who I could endlessly count on. She loved me through all of my faults and I loved her through hers. She was fiercely proud of her grandchildren and loved them more than anything in this world. She never wanted to be someone who bragged about their grandkids...but as she fell in love with them, she became that grandparent. She found great joy in sharing stories with friends, and strangers, about the kids antics.
Mom's first love was my older brother, Greg. Being 20 years older than me, we shared different lives with our Mom, but in the past 12 years, we have become a real unit. Greg has been here for every niece and nephew birthday, every Mother's Day, every Christmas and a visit or two every summer. Even more importantly, he was here these past couple of months to help Mom. She loved him so much and was so proud of him and the truly devoted family man he has become. We are so grateful for his supportive partner, Stephen, who encouraged Greg to be here with us during this difficult time.
Mom was her happiest these past few years. She had always loved the South Shore of Nova Scotia and felt at home here instantly. She made beautiful friendships and was our neighbour, getting to see her grandchildren regularly. She loved attending the local breakfasts or soup luncheons, shopping in town and especially enjoyed looking for beach glass at one of many beaches in the area. She found so much joy in a simple life In Lunenburg.
In her first year here, we started a tradition of Mother's Day, and often other times throughout the year, brunches at White Point, followed by an almost spiritual walk at Carter's Beach. Some of our absolute best memories have come from those day trips and that part of Nova Scotia will always be exceptionally special for us.
Born in 1942, in Moncton, New Brunswick, Mom had seen many things and been many places. She was lucky to have had many beautiful travels and experiences throughout her life, but none of that topped her more recent years and feelings of peace and utter fulfilment.
Mom will be so deeply missed by our family and her friends, so many of whom have been a tremendous support these past few months. She was not ready to leave us, but there is peace in knowing the pain is now gone.
We love you Mom, forever and ever. Life will never be the same without you. Until we meet again.
As per Mom's request, there will be no funeral service.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to https://www.canadahelps.org/en/dn/24791 (Mom absolutely loved Sandpipers) or the Lunenburg County VON ( The nurses who helped us care for Mom in the final months), by simply going to "Place a Donation" on the the funeral home web page.