Mary El­iz­a­beth “Betty” (Bal­lan­tyne) Doyle

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WOOD­BURN – Mary El­iz­a­beth “Betty” (Ma­cLeod Bal­lan­tyne) Doyle. Sur­rounded by the love of her fam­ily, Mum passed peace­fully in her Wood­burn home on Mon­day, Novem­ber 13, 2017.

Mum was born in Stel­lar­ton on Novem­ber 24, 1932. At the age of 19, she mar­ried John Bal­lan­tyne and moved to the fam­ily farm in Wood­burn. She em­braced life on a work­ing farm and soon started to raise a fam­ily – Mar­garet, Bob (Shel­ley), Su­san (Dave), Joyce (John), and Agnes. Af­ter Dad died, Mum was blessed to meet Pat Doyle who brought great joy to all our lives. In 1991 they mar­ried, and her fam­ily grew with his – Pat (Dorothy), John (Bon­nie) and Mike (Pam).

Mum taught us by ex­am­ple – the way to love, the im­por­tance of hav­ing fun, how to be strong and the need to work hard, and how to make good pie. She be­lieved in the im­por­tance of fam­ily, pass­ing that on to us, and al­ways en­joyed be­ing sur­rounded by her fam­ily.

Along with her chil­dren, she will al­ways be loved by broth­ers: Fred, Cole­man, AB; Peter (Eileen), Dart­mouth; and sis­ter, Joyce, Meadow Lake, SK; her grand­chil­dren: An­drew, Melissa (Ron), and Matthew (Leona); Ash­ley (Joe) and Mark; Gra­ham (Brit­tany) and Han­nah; Randy (Jes­sica) and Daniel (Jes­sica); Ric (Krista); Robyn (Roland), Lisa (Matthew), Rob­bie, and Kennedy. Wil­liam, John An­gus, Alexan­dra and Theo, her great grand­chil­dren, lit up her life. Mum will be fondly re­mem­bered by many nieces, neph­ews, ex­tended fam­ily and friends.

In ad­di­tion to Dad and Pat, Mum was pre­de­ceased by her par­ents, Gre­gor and Mary Ma­cLeod; sib­lings: Don, Wat­son, Bob, Dorothy and Margie; her “favourite” son-in-law, Jamie Milne; Pat’s son Rob, and grand­son Adam.

Mum’s work out­side the home in­cluded a lino­type op­er­a­tor at The Evening News, store clerk (Lit­tle Har­bour) and book­keeper. Mum was a long-time ac­tive mem­ber of Lit­tle Har­bour Pres­by­te­rian Church where she served in many roles. She was very ac­tive in her com­mu­nity and al­ways will­ing to lend a hand when needed. She knew that it is in giv­ing that you re­ceive.

Spe­cial thanks to Dr. Gre­gor Ma­cLean, Dr. Ka­t­rina Keiser and the Pic­tou County VON.

Ar­range­ments are un­der the di­rec­tion of R.H. Fu­neral Home, 55 Al­mont Ave., New Glas­gow, with vis­i­ta­tion Wed­nes­day, Novem­ber 15, 2017, from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Fu­neral ser­vice at Lit­tle Har­bour Pres­by­te­rian Church, Lit­tle Har­bour, on Thurs­day Novem­ber 16, 2017, at 2 p.m., with Rev. Lorne Ma­cLeod of­fi­ci­at­ing. Re­cep­tion to fol­low. In­ter­ment in Wood­burn Ceme­tery. Do­na­tions in Betty’s mem­ory can be made to Lit­tle Har­bour Pres­by­te­rian Church, Wood­burn Ceme­tery, or a char­ity of your choice. Con­do­lences may be sent by vis­it­ing: www.rh­

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