JAMES, Mamie (Han­nah)

Cape Breton Post - - IN MEMORIAM -

New Water­ford

Beloved Mother, Sis­ter, Nanny, Great-Nanny and Friend.

An­other an­gel got her wings on Thurs­day, Fe­bru­ary 9, at the age of 97 years. Mamie passed away peace­fully at Har­bour­stone, with her lov­ing fam­ily by her side.

She was the daugh­ter of the late Matthew and Mary (Mur­phy) Yhard. She lived most of her life at 385 Gib­bon Street, New Water­ford. For the last three years she lived at Park­land As­sisted Liv­ing on Ken­wood Drive, Syd­ney River and the last 3 months at Har­bour­stone. Mamie was a mem­ber of St. Agnes Par­ish, New Water­ford.

Mamie is sur­vived by her chil­dren, Tom (Eileen) of Frank­ford, ON, Donna (Garth) Smith of Bed­ford, NS, Shel­don (Emelia) of Orangeville, ON and Char­lotte (Dave), Gar­diner Road, Syd­ney, NS and close fam­ily friend, Ber­nice Grant; grand­chil­dren, Greg (Joanne), Dar­ren (Tracey), Char­lene (Mike), Starla (Rick) and Dar­lene; great­grand­chil­dren, Carson, Kaylee, Colton, Mor­gan, Ethan, Avery, Ella, Hai­ley and Carter. Mamie is also sur­vived by her brother, Chris Yhard, as well as nu­mer­ous nieces and neph­ews.

Mamie was pre­de­ceased by her hus­band, Gomer, in 1983; her three broth­ers, Ger­ald, Tom and Matt; six sis­ters, Dot Kis­ton, He­len MacEach­ern, Mary Ash, Marg Mul­vaney, Brid­get Hilder and Dolly Long.

A stay at home mother and wife that raised four chil­dren whose fam­ily was the cen­ter of her uni­verse. Mamie loved go­ing to the casino, do­ing her crossword puzzles, watch­ing hockey and base­ball, go­ing to ‘Ag­ing Grace­fully’ and her daily vis­its from her daugh­ter, Char­lotte.

At Park­land, she had many friends, along with her cousin, Sis­ter Mary Mur­phy, who also resided there. Mamie en­joyed her daily vis­its from her, along with the other Sis­ters who lived there and her ta­ble bud­dies whom she adored, Rus­sel, Genevieve, and Alice.

Thank you to the staff of Park­land As­sisted Liv­ing whom for three years looked af­ter Mamie and whom she loved dearly. You were all her sec­ond fam­ily. Thank you for the love and sup­port you gave her over the last three years.

To the staff at Har­bour­stone Miner’s Lane, the nurses and work­ers who were all so kind to her and went above and be­yond their call of duty. Thank you from the bot­tom of our hearts; you are all true care­givers. Also, spe­cial thanks to Dr. Mur­dock Smith, fam­ily physi­cian.

Mamie also en­joyed her daily vis­its from her brother Chris, who re­sides at Har­bour­stone as well.

A spe­cial thank you to our fam­ily friend, Ber­nice Grant, who was only ever a phone call away for Mamie. Mamie al­ways said that there was no truer friend than Ber­nice, who has be­come a mem­ber of our fam­ily over the years.

Thank you also to Dr. John Rit­ter, who was al­ways there for Mamie and went above and be­yond, with un­sched­uled vis­its to see her. Mamie al­ways re­ferred to Ber­nice and Dr. Rit­ter as her ‘an­gels.’

Also, thank you to Fa­ther Dan Boudreau who prayed with her and put a smile on her face in her fi­nal mo­ments.

A cel­e­bra­tion of Mamie’s life will take place on Fri­day, Fe­bru­ary 17th, at 11 a.m. at St. Leonard’s Par­ish, Mount Carmel Av­enue, with Fa­ther Daniel Boudreau of­fi­ci­at­ing. As per Mamie’s wishes, there will be no vis­i­ta­tion and cre­ma­tion has taken place un­der the di­rec­tion of V.J. McGillivray Fu­neral Home, New Water­ford. Burial will be in Union Grove ceme­tery with a lun­cheon to fol­low at the KOC, 3236 Plum­mer Ave, New Water­ford. Do­na­tions in her mem­ory may be made to a char­ity of one’s choice. On­line con­do­lences can be ex­pressed to the fam­ily at: www.vjm­cgillivray.ca.

Mom loved her fam­ily un­con­di­tion­ally and will be re­mem­bered al­ways for her friendly de­meanor, gen­tle heart, quick wit and abil­ity to put ev­ery­one else first. We will miss Mom’s gen­tle pres­ence and smile, but we will for­ever cher­ish our fond mem­o­ries of her.

‘I have fought the good fight, I have fin­ished the race, I have kept the faith.’

- 2 Ti­mothy 4:7-8

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