MEN­ZIES, Christena MacGib­bon

Cape Breton Post - - OBITUARIES -

Christena MacGib­bon Men­zies was born on Oc­to­ber 25, 1922, to the late Alexan­der MacGib­bon and Mar­garet (Mor­ri­son) MacGib­bon Kil­lam. She died peace­fully on Tues­day, Fe­bru­ary 21, 2017, while liv­ing at the Cove Guest Home, Syd­ney.

She was pre­de­ceased by her beloved hus­band of 72 years, David Men­zies on Au­gust 1, 2013.

She is sur­vived by their three daugh­ters and their fam­i­lies, Florence and Dale Grif­fin of Fre­mont, Cal­i­for­nia, He­lena and Gord Bug­den of Peter­bor­ough, Ont., and Tr­isha and Greg Camp­bell of Pt. El­gin, Ont. Also sur­viv­ing are seven grand­chil­dren and ten great-grand­chil­dren. She will be dearly missed by her fam­ily and friends.

Also pre­de­ceas­ing her were their two sons, David Alexan­der in 1951 and Fred­er­ick Richard in 1996; her brother, John MacGib­bon and wife, Mar­jorie (Coombs) MacGib­bon Ball; sis­ter, Isabel (MacGib­bon) and hus­band, Tom Camp­bell; step­fa­ther, Ben­jamin Kil­lam and his chil­dren, Paul, Bruce and Lyn­wood Kil­lam, Lucy Mor­ri­son, Irene McSween, Faith Lough­ery and Enid Hicks; in-laws, Fred and He­lene (Grezel) Men­zies, Dolly (Men­zies) and Wal­ter Judge of Hal­i­fax and their sons, Wally and Doug.

A life­long Cape Bre­toner, Tena grew up in the Pier and al­ways fondly re­mem­bered her young years spent in that area. She was a homemaker and her main fo­cus was on sup­port­ing her hus­band and rais­ing her chil­dren. She loved to bake and many friends will re­mem­ber en­joy­ing the de­li­cious ‘sweets’ she baked and shared with oth­ers. Read­ing, play­ing cards and knit­ting were also fa­vorite ac­tiv­i­ties. She and Dave played golf at Lin­gan well into their 80s, and af­ter Dave re­tired, they spent the win­ter months, for many years, in Florida so they could golf year round. She and Dave were ac­tive mem­bers of their con­gre­ga­tions and rarely missed Sun­day ser­vices, even af­ter mov­ing into The Cove. Tena was al­ways an ac­tive par­tic­i­pant in Women’s Guilds in the United Church of Canada, and was a life mem­ber of UCW.

A me­mo­rial ser­vice and in­ter­ment will be held in the spring.

In lieu of flow­ers, dona­tions to the Build­ing Fund of United Church, Syd­ney River or the Cove Aux­il­iary would be ap­pre­ci­ated.

The fam­ily would like to thank the staff and vol­un­teers of the Cove for their ex­cel­lent care and com­pas­sion. A spe­cial thank you also to Chrissie MacLeod and Ar­lene Can­ning whose many kind­nesses and care en­riched our Mother’s fi­nal days and gave com­fort and sup­port to our fam­ily.

Words of com­fort can be sent to the fam­ily at www. syd­neymemo­ri­alchapel.ca or email syd­neymemo­ri­alchapel@ ns.sym­pa­tico.ca.

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