MATTHEWS, Mary As­sumpta

The Chronicle Herald (Provincial) - - OBITUARIES -

It is with great­est sor­row that the fam­ily of Mary Matthews an­nounces her peace­ful pass­ing on Wed­nes­day, April 22, 2020 af­ter a two-year bat­tle with lung cancer. She was pre­ceded in death by beloved hus­band, Richard Matthews; her mother, Ce­cilia Dunn; fa­ther, Joseph Dunn; step­mother, Camilla Dunn-do­ran; step­fa­ther, Wil­liam Do­ran; her sweet sis­ter, Ann Kennedy; mother-in-law, Janet Matthews-for­ward; fa­ther-in­law, Hay­ward Matthews; and brother-in-law, Joseph Collins. She is sur­vived by her daugh­ter, Ce­cilia Jane Lu­cie Matthews; her grand­chil­dren, Blake, Seth and Brook­lyn; sis­ter, Cathy (Terry) Kennedy; sis­ters-in-law, Lyn Collins (Ger­ard Tulk) and Fay (Ge­off ) Fowlow; broth­ers, Arch­bishop Brian Dunn and Joseph Dunn; broth­ers-in-law, Steve (Yvonne) Kennedy and Garry (Sandra) Matthews; nieces, Maryann Kennedy, Veron­ica Richards, Sarah (An­drew) Sorensen, Jill (Mark) Chap­pell, Tracey Rousseau (Stephen Gom­bosi), Ni­cole Rousseau (Dave An­drews); neph­ews, Stephen (Penny) Kennedy, Brian (Terri) Kennedy, Tom (Terri) Kennedy, Terry (Caitlin) Kennedy, An­drew (Jenny) Matthews; as well as nu­mer­ous cousins and dear friends. Mary stud­ied phar­macy at Dal­housie Univer­sity. Af­ter grad­u­a­tion, she worked at nu­mer­ous phar­ma­cies in and around the Greater Hal­i­fax area. Of these, the most prom­i­nent were Phar­masave in Tim­ber­lea, Value­fair in Fairview, Zellers Phar­macy on Bay­ers Road and she cul­mi­nated her ca­reer at the Com­mu­nity Phar­macy in Hatchet Lake. While work­ing as a phar­ma­cist, Mary made many life­long friends with whom she was still in close con­tact. Mary spent many years vol­un­teer­ing for the Col­lege of Phar­macy and al­ways en­joyed keep­ing up with the lat­est trends in phar­macy. Mary mar­ried Rob on May 6, 1972 and CJ joined the duo in the early win­ter of 1980. They re­mained hap­pily mar­ried un­til Rob’s un­timely death on Fe­bru­ary 10, 2014. They en­joyed spend­ing their sum­mers vis­it­ing fam­ily in New­found­land and trav­el­ling. They could of­ten be found do­ing yard work, so­cial­iz­ing with friends and fam­ily, and lis­ten­ing to music and Bbqing. Once CJ set­tled in Washington State, they spent many times a year fly­ing cross-coun­try to spend time with her and their grand­chil­dren. Noth­ing brought Mary more joy than shop­ping and giv­ing "spe­cial kisses’"to her grand­chil­dren. Mary en­joyed time in her gar­den with her be­go­nias, gera­ni­ums and tulips and could be found at Christ­mas bak­ing up fruit cakes, peanut but­ter cook­ies and choco­late chips cook­ies to bring to friends. These last few years with­out her Rob she found her­self en­joy­ing time swim­ming and watch­ing her favourite TV show, NCIS. Cre­ma­tion has taken place un­der the care of At­lantic Funeral Home, 6552 Bay­ers Rd., Hal­i­fax. A fam­ily vigil ser­vice will be held on Satur­day, April 25th at 2 p.m. hosted by Arch­bishop Brian Dunn on Zoom. On Mon­day, April 27th at 2 p.m. a Funeral Mass for Mary will be livestream­ed on the web­site of the Arch­dio­cese of Hal­i­fax-yar­mouth

(www.hal­i­fax­yarmouth.org). Burial will fol­low at a fu­ture date. On­line con­do­lences may be made by vis­it­ing the Hal­i­fax chapel at:

www.at­lantic­fu­ner­al­homes.com

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