CLEMENTS, Mary Elvina “Vina” (Sudworth)
Glace Bay, Nova Scotia
With saddened hearts, we regretfully announce the passing of Mary Elvina Clements, age 72. Vina passed away peacefully on February 15th, 2017 surrounded by her loving family at Taigh Na Mara, Glace Bay, following a lengthy illness.
Vina was born July 20, 1944, in Glace Bay, NS, the daughter of the late Harold and Blanche (Trainor) Sudworth.
Vina was employed at the Cape Breton District Health Authority business offices in Glace Bay (Community Hospital) as a secretary and office assistant for more than 40 years. Her family always enjoyed hearing stories of how Vina touched so many lives during her years at the Community Hospital due to her bright and bubbly personality.
Vina was born to dance. Vina thoroughly enjoyed music, live entertainment and she could make any surface with a little room into a dance floor. She had a special love for Jim Reeves.
Vina had a very strong faith and exhibited so much love to all her family and friends. She always cherished her special love with her son, Jeff and her granddaughter, Emma. She enjoyed packing up her suitcase for an adventure with Jeff, whether it be on a bus tour to Florida or flight to visit family in Ontario. Vina had a deep love for animals especially dogs (Jamie, Joseph, Cuddles, Cookie and Sophie). She loved her “Makeover Fridays” when she had a chance to get out of the house for a fresh set with her special friends, Keith, Cathy, Lisa and Patricia.
She is survived by her only son, Jeff Clements; granddaughter, Emma Green-Clements; brothers, Harold (Kitty), Fabian (Cathy); sisters Paula, Patricia, Doreen and Sheila (Allan); brother-in-law (Greg), many nieces and nephews but especially Vanessa (Liam), whom she treated as a daughter of her own.
Besides her parents, she was predeceased by her husband, James Harvey Clements; brother, Danny and sister, Marie.
Vina will be waked from 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. on Sunday, February 19, 2017 in V.J. McGillivray Funeral Home, 16 Reserve St., Glace Bay.
The funeral mass will be held on Monday at 11 a.m. in Immaculate Conception Church, Bridgeport, with Father Dan Boudreau officiating.
Reception to follow in the church hall. Vina will be cremated after the funeral mass and interred in St. John’s Cemetery at a later date.
On line condolences to the family can be expressed at: www.vjmcgillivray.ca.
As her beloved son, I send a heartfelt thank you to her devoted friends and family. A special thank you to my aunt, Sheila McIntyre, for her years of dedication to Mom’s well being and happiness. You have truly been a second Mother to me my entire life. I will never be able to repay you for allowing my mother to be comfortable as her illness progressed. I would like to thank my aunt, Paula for her help in advocating for my Mother’s care during her illness. We are also grateful for the care she received from her doctors, the palliative care team, the adult Day Program in Glace Bay, Laura Lee Gillis and staff at N.W. Homecare, VON and the very kind staff at Taigh Na Mara in Glace Bay.
May you rest peacefully now and forever. I will love you always. To My Mother If I were granted one wish today,
and I knew it would come true;
I’d ask the Lord for a little time, to speak alone with you. To hear your voice like it used to be, so soft, so quiet, so clear; That voice which has been silenced, during these last few years. To hear you sing those oldtime hymns, that speak of Jesus’ love; And have you read the Bible, with a message from above.
I know my wish will not come true, and that is all right too; For I treasure all my memories, of the mother I once knew. So I thank God that when I visit, and hold your hand in mine; I see a peace upon your face, I see my Lord divine!