Jessie Mabel MacEachern
Halifax/Big Bras d’Or
Our Family Captain has made her Final Voyage.
Jessie (Mable) MacEachern, born in Cape Dauphin, Nov 2, 1937, passed away peacefully, well maybe a little kicking and screaming, at the Halifax Infirmary after a brief illness on April 26, 2023.
Mom was predeceased by her parents Alfred and Sally (Stewart) Clark and her loving husband Murdock John “MJ” MacEachern, her very special second father Uncle Bill Clark and wonderful brother-in-law Jim Squires.
Mom is survived by her ever faithful and reliable rock, her big sister Leona “Peggy” Squires, her sons Stephen (Carolyn), and David (Peggi); her grandchildren Abbie, Olivia; step-grandchildren Kris, Darcy & Jillian; step great-grandchildren Rowan, Aiden & Violet. She is also survived by her brother-in-law Charlie MacEachern; sister-in-law Mary MacEachern; nieces and nephews Valeria (Mike) Dolmont, Sheldon (Loretta) Squires, Trevor (Tina) Squires, Leah MacEachern, Adrian (Thia) MacEachern; her special honorary daughters Heather and Joanne McKinnon, as well as lifelong neighbour and friend Mae MacKenzie and childhood “brother” and lifelong friend Alan MacLean.
Special thanks go to her very special cousin/sister Betty (Clyde) Tanner. Mom really enjoyed many years of trailering and cruise trips, and always appreciated the coffee, cookies and company the past three years at Parkland. We are so grateful for all that you and Clyde did for mom.
Mom was the clerk treasurer of Victoria County for over 20 years. She really enjoyed all her interactions with all the wonderful staff and counsellors, and really enjoyed travelling to conferences. She was one of a handful of top female municipal employees at that time. For many years she was an active member of St. James Presbyterian Church, Ladies Aid and The Cancer Society.
Mom was never afraid to speak her mind, especially with us kids. You always knew where you stood, like it or not. These traits served her well, being successful in a male dominated profession and running a house with five males. Countless times over the years we keep hearing what a role model and inspiration she was to women and girls in Victoria County.
Mom was the original “HOCKEY MOM” and “TAXI MOM” before they coined the phrases. She was always taking time off work, getting up at 5-6 am on Saturdays to make sure, not only her two boys, but at least 1/3 of the team made it to the game or practice in the big green Newport Custom. She was also the loudest fan in any rink; and don’t you dare come near one of her “Boys” or you would hear it loud and clear!
Mom was never one to “stay home”. She loved concerts, card games, volunteering at the senior’s home, with The Cancer Society and pre Covid breakfasts at the Big Bras d’Or Firehall and the Legion in Florence. She especially loved the Wednesday night ceilidhs at the Gaelic College, and we would often watch them online with her when she couldn’t attend in person. In fact, she listened to three of them on line during her last few days. They really brightened her day!
Special thanks to the staff of Bradford House at Parkland. Mom really loved the staff and partaking in all the activities. She really enjoyed all the concerts and entertainment. You folks provided her with wonderful experiences for the last three years of her life. Gratitude and thanks to the nursing staff at the Halifax Infirmary 8.1 including Ryan, Generose, John and especially Sara. You were all so kind, compassionate and understanding. You made a difficult situation much better. Thank you!
A funeral service for Mabel will be held at 3:00 pm, Saturday, May 6, at St. James Presbyterian Church, Big Bras d’Or, with burial to follow in St. James Cemetery, Rev Peter MacDonald officiating. There will be a reception immediately following at the Big Bras d’Or Fire Hall. Funeral arrangements are under the care and direction of W.J. Dooley Funeral Home, 107 Pleasant Street, North Sydney. Family flowers only by request. Memorial donations would be welcome to the charity of your choice. Online condolences may be sent to the family by leaving a message on the tribute wall of the obituary page at www.wjdooley.com.
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