MACDOUGALL, Catherine ‘Betty’

Cape Breton Post - - IN MEMORIAM -

It is with pro­found sad­ness that we an­nounce the peace­ful pass­ing of a most gen­tle woman , Catherine Re­becca ‘Betty’ MacDougall. In the early hours of March 30, 2016, with her lov­ing hus­band Ge­orge by her side and sur­rounded by her fam­ily, Betty left this world and went into the wait­ing arms of the Lord with the same grace and dig­nity with which she lived her life.

Born in In­ver­ness on July 1, 1932, Betty was the only daugh­ter of the late Catherine Marie ‘Katie’ (MacIsaac) and Neil Gunn Finn.

Betty and her only brother Stan­ley shared a spe­cial bond as sib­lings and as very dear friends.

Grow­ing up in Mabou, Betty at­tended school at St. Joseph’s Con­vent. In her early years she taught school briefly in West Mabou be­fore mov­ing to Wind­sor and Mon­treal where she worked with the Bank of Mon­treal. Af­ter mov­ing to Syd­ney she en­joyed her work with Sco­tia­bank, Holiday Inn and Sears.

She made friends wher­ever she went. Betty first met Ge­orge at the age of thir­teen at a base­ball game in Mabou. Their ro­mance blos­somed and on July 1, 1957, she mar­ried the love of her life. They made their home in Syd­ney where they raised their five chil­dren and lived all of their mar­ried life.

Betty en­joyed trav­el­ling with Ge­orge over the years. While she saw the beauty of scenery and na­ture ev­ery­where, most of all she loved re­turn­ing to the beauty of Cape Bre­ton, its cul­ture and peo­ple. Betty loved life and spend­ing time with fam­ily and friends es­pe­cially in Strathlorne and Judique with some of her favourite peo­ple. She loved hav­ing a good time whether it be in quiet mo­ments or in gath­er­ing with friends and fam­ily, en­joy­ing life, laugh­ter and some good old Scot­tish mu­sic. We all have our own fond mem­o­ries that will re­main with us for­ever.

Betty was a gen­tle, kind and car­ing per­son who loved deeply and un­con­di­tion­ally. The love shared be­tween Betty and Ge­orge was amaz­ing. Her chil­dren and grand­chil­dren were her pride and joy and she never missed an op­por­tu­nity to brag about their ac­com­plish­ments. Gen­er­ous with her time, ad­vice and most of all her hugs and af­fec­tion, we will miss her with all our hearts.

She is sur­vived by her most lov­ing and de­voted hus­band Ge­orge; her chil­dren Jean Marie (Wayne McKay); Claire (Gar­ney) Westhaver; Ken (Amy); Brian (Ann-Marie); Wayne (Denise Howat­son); her dear brother Stan­ley; sis­ters-in-law Es­ther Finn and Kath­leen MacDougall; grand­chil­dren Kyle (Maria), Amanda, Jarett and Jor­dan MacNeil, Michael and Alexan­der Westhaver, Mae­lyn MacDougall, Shamus and Kee­lan MacDougall, Cody and Kee­gan MacDougall, Brett Ren­dell; great-grand­son Eliot MacDougall; spe­cial son Eric Goulden; dear cousin Janet MacEach­ern who was like the sis­ter Betty never had; and by sev­eral cousins and ex­tended fam­ily.

She was pre­de­ceased by her mother and fa­ther-in-law Jean and Bert MacDougall and sev­eral sis­ters and brothers-in-law.

The fam­ily would like to ex­tend very spe­cial thanks to Dr. Su­san MacLeod and Dr. Steven MacDougall and all the staff of 3B of the Cape Bre­ton Re­gional Hospital for their care, com­pas­sion and kind­ness. Vis­i­ta­tion for Mrs. MacDougall will take place on Fri­day, April 1 from 2-4 and 79 p.m. at T.W. Curry Parkview Chapel. Fu­neral mass will be cel­e­brated on Satur­day at 1:30 p.m. at St. Mar­guerite Bour­geoys Church, 40 Cabot St., with Rev. Bill Burke of­fi­ci­at­ing. In­ter­ment in Res­ur­rec­tion Ceme­tery, Syd­ney Forks.

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