MACNEIL, Mary Sarah



It is with great sad­ness that we an­nounce the pass­ing of Mary Sarah MacNeil, 92, of Shenacadie on July 1, 2015, at the Cape Bre­ton Re­gional Hos­pi­tal.

Born July 10, 1922, in Shenacadie, she was the daugh­ter of the late John R. MacKin­non (Sta­tion Agent) and Cather­ine (MacNeil) MacKin­non.

Hav­ing lost both of her par­ents by the age of 15, she left school to raise her sib­lings and run the train sta­tion. Even­tu­ally, she mar­ried John Murdock MacNeil of Rear Big Beach and then went on to have a fam­ily of six chil­dren. Sadly, she was wid­owed in 1965, leav­ing her to raise the chil­dren alone. For­tu­nately, she was a woman of im­mense strength. She was the fam­ily ma­tri­arch.

She is sur­vived by her chil­dren, Gerald (Heather), Linda, Irene, Mau­reen (Everett) Sul­li­van and Anita. She is sur­vived by eight grand­chil­dren, Melissa, John, Jes­sica, Karen, Colin, Jen­nifer, Mark and Ge­off, as well as seven great-grand­chil­dren. She is sur­vived by her only re­main­ing sib­ling, her sis­ter Theresa Mac­In­tosh, and a daugh­ter-in-law, Kim, as well as her sis­ters-in-law, Marie ( late Stephen) MacKin­non and Au­drey (late Joe) MacKin­non, as well as many nieces and neph­ews.

She was pre­de­ceased by her hus­band John Murdock in 1965, her son John Rod­er­ick ( Jackie) in 1993, in­fant grand­daugh­ter and her broth­ers and sis­ters, Stephen, Joe, Fran­cie and Kath­leen ‘Kay’.

She will also be missed by her three cats Tigie, Betsy and Puss.

Vis­i­ta­tion for the late Mary Sarah MacNeil will take place on Satur­day, July 4, 2015, from 9-11 a.m. at St. Barra’s Church, Christ­mas Is­land. Fu­neral mass will fol­low at 11 a.m. with Rev. Joe A. MacNeil of­fi­ci­at­ing. In­ter­ment will take place at St. Barra’s Parish Ceme­tery, Christ­mas Is­land.

Me­mo­ri­als may be made to a char­ity of choice.

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