Cape Breton Post - - IN MEMORIAM / GAMES -

Mary Mar­garet Fraser, 79, died peace­fully on Fe­bru­ary 16, 2017 at the Cove Guest Home in Syd­ney, Nova Sco­tia, sur­rounded by her lov­ing son and daugh­terin-law.

Mary was born on Novem­ber 24, 1937 in Glace Bay, Nova Sco­tia, the daugh­ter of the late Michael Fraser of Be­nacadie and the late El­iz­a­beth (McGean) Fraser of In­go­nish. She at­tended St. John School in New Aberdeen and grad­u­ated from St. Michael’s Se­nior High. Af­ter grad­u­at­ing from Nova Sco­tia Nor­mal Col­lege (Nova Sco­tia Teach­ers Col­lege), she be­gan her ca­reer at St. Leo Catholic School in Cal­gary, Al­berta. Re­turn­ing home, Mary taught 33 years in Cape Breton. Her teach­ing ca­reer took her to St. An­thony’s School, St. John School, Bridge­port School, John Bernard Croak V.C. Me­mo­rial and St. Michael’s Ju­nior High School. Mary en­joyed her teach­ing ca­reer im­mensely. The ma­jor­ity of her ca­reer was spent teach­ing stu­dents at St. John School (1977-1993) in New Aberdeen, a place and peo­ple that were very spe­cial to her.

Be­ing around fam­ily at her par­ent’s home dur­ing the hol­i­days were some of her favourite times. She was witty and had a dry sense of hu­mour. Chat­ting with friends the late Pat Browner, An­nie MacNeil and Liz Anne Roach for hours at a time was one of her favourite things to do. She loved read­ing and puz­zle books. Cook­ing and bak­ing for oth­ers was one of her favourite pas­times.

Mom was a fan­tas­tic mother who was there for all the strike­outs, laps in the pool, ski­ing, snow­mo­bil­ing and ev­ery­thing in be­tween. I couldn’t have asked for a bet­ter or more sup­port­ive par­ent. Some of my fond­est mem­o­ries as a child were the long drives with her and my grand­par­ents. She was my ab­so­lute rock and I will miss her ter­ri­bly.

Mary is sur­vived by her son, John ( Rose); sis­ters, Elaine (Jude) Kelly, Anna Lee (Robert) Kazmel and Mau­rina (Shel­don) Canova; sis­ter- in- law, Jane Anne White and nu­mer­ous nieces and neph­ews. She was pre­ceded in death by her sis­ter, Theresa (Luc) Lacroix; niece, Michelle Lacroix and brothers, Edi­son and John.

I would like to give a spe­cial thanks to the Cove Guest Home in Syd­ney for the won­der­ful care that they pro­vided to my mother. I would also like to give spe­cial thanks to Dr. David Ley (Ann and Lynn) for the fan­tas­tic care and sup­port over the years. Mom re­ceived ex­cel­lent care from Dr. Laith Shi­mon, Dr. Don Brien, Dr. Paula Creighton, the staff at Glace Bay Gen­eral Hospi­tal, the staff at Cape Breton Re­gional Hospi­tal and Park­land Es­tates. To her nieces, Melissa, Anna, Shauna Lee and An­drea Dawn, thank you for your spe­cial vis­its with mom. Spe­cial thanks to Dar­ryl Kelly, Linda and David MacKay for al­ways go­ing the ex­tra mile for mom. Your kind­ness and thought­ful­ness is greatly ap­pre­ci­ated.

Mom had a love for an­i­mals, es­pe­cially dogs. She loved to play with and watch the an­tics of her pets, namely Boomer, Pokey, Molly and Sparky.

In lieu of flow­ers, dona­tions may be made to the SPCA on her be­half.

Ar­range­ments have been en­trusted to Curry’s Funeral Home, Glace Bay. As per her re­quest, there will be no vis­i­ta­tion or funeral. There will be a pri­vate burial to be held at a later date. Con­do­lences may be of­fered to the fam­ily at www.cur­rysfu­ner­al­

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