MACEACH­ERN, Mary Mar­garet

Cape Breton Post - - IN MEMORIAM• -

Mary MacEach­ern, 73, of Glendale passed away on Fri­day, July 17, 2015, at the Cape Bre­ton Re­gional Hos­pi­tal in Syd­ney with her fam­ily by her side.

Mary had a dif­fi­cult year and through it all re­mained pos­i­tive and kept her sense of hu­mour. Mary was ac­cept­ing of her jour­ney.

Mary was a lov­ing wife to Don­ald her true love, the ma­tri­arch of her fam­ily, a strong giv­ing sis­ter, a kind and gen­er­ous aunt and grand-aunt, an ed­u­ca­tor, an avid vol­un­teer and a per­son of un­wa­ver­ing faith.

Mary grew up in Beaver Cove, daugh­ter of the late Joseph Allen and Mar­garet Ann MacMullin. She at­tended Nor­mal Col­lege in Truro and then be­gan her lengthy teach­ing ca­reer. Mary taught in Mil­lville, Boisdale, Princeville, Port Hawkes­bury both ele­men­tary and se­nior ele­men­tary and Orangedale. Mary re­tired af­ter 34 years of ser­vice.

Any­one who en­coun­tered Mary knows she was a be­liever in fos­ter­ing and mod­el­ling strong aca­demics, cit­i­zen­ship, vol­un­teerism and faith in the lives of her stu­dents, her fam­ily and friends.

Mary worked hard to sup­port her com­mu­nity. Mary worked with the Glendale Fid­dlers Fes­ti­val in the early years and then with the Glendale Con­certs in the years that fol­lowed. She played a key role in the mat­ters of the parish for most of her life in Glendale.

Mary never for­got a birth­day or an an­niver­sary. She loved gar­den­ing with Don­ald and had a very green thumb. She loved to share their veg­eta­bles and pre­serves. She was a tal­ented tole pain­ter, loved to have a rea­son to let the ele­men­tary teacher in her dec­o­rate, whether it be a com­mu­nity hall func­tion or a shower for some­one. She wrote many ad­dresses for many peo­ple over the years. Mary had a way to walk you through the good and bad with a rhyme or two and leave you feel­ing happy in the end.

Mary was an ac­tive sup­porter of com­mu­nity events. She at­tended her weekly bingo games, loved a good crib tour­na­ment and en­joyed a swim at the beach in Beaver Cove with her beach bud­dies — her sis­ter and sis­terin-law. Mary and Don­ald were reg­u­lar at­ten­dees of sum­mer con­certs around the is­land and could of­ten be found at Brook Vil­lage for the Mon­day night square dances.

Mary was al­ways in tune with her fam­ily. She was there to help in what­ever way was needed with­out ex­cep­tion.

Mary is sur­vived by her hus­band Don­ald An­gus; her sis­ter Sally (Rowe) Rud­der­ham,West­mount; broth­ers, Jimmy (Lori) MacMullin, Beaver Cove, Joe (San­dra) MacMullin, French­vale; sis­ters, Dan­nette (Guy) Cha­pa­dos, Mis­sis­sauga, Ont., Delores MacIn­tyre (Kevin Cur­rie), Beaver Cove; broth­ers, Sandy MacMullin, Syd­ney, and Frank ( Janet) MacMullin, Boisdale; sis­ter-in-law Maisie (Robert) Mac­Don­ald, Truro; many nieces, neph­ews, and grand­nieces and neph­ews and one un­cle, Dun­can Cameron, Port Hawkes­bury.

Mary was pre­de­ceased by her par­ents, Joseph Allen and Mar­garet (MacMullin) MacMullin and her nephew Joseph Allen Cha­pa­dos.

A sin­cere thank you to Dr. Peter Jack­son, Dr. Fraser, the pal­lia­tive-care team un­der the di­rec­tion of Dr. Cooper and Nancy Cameron at the Strait Rich­mond Hos­pi­tal and the pal­lia­tiv-care team un­der the di­rec­tion of Dr. Mark Samp­son and Dr. Ann Frances D’Intino at the Cape Bre­ton Re­gional Hos­pi­tal. Many thanks to the neigh­bours and friends for the vis­its and gen­eros­ity you have shown through­out this dif­fi­cult time.

Cre­ma­tion has taken place. Vis­i­ta­tion and fu­neral will be held on Satur­day, July 25, 2015, in Glendale. Vis­i­ta­tion is from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. at the Glendale Com­mu­nity Hall and the fu­neral will fol­low at 2 p.m. at St. Mary’s Church Glendale. In­ter­ment will be in the Glendale Ceme­tery. Re­cep­tion will fol­low in the Glendale Hall.

In lieu of flow­ers, do­na­tions to the St. Mary’s Ceme­tery Fund are ap­pre­ci­ated. Fu­neral ar­range­ments are un­der the di­rec­tion of the Sunset Fu­neral Co-op­er­a­tive, Mar­ga­ree Val­ley.

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