Alexa Eaton MacKay

April 3, 1926July 7, 2018
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MACKAY (Wright) Alexa Eaton, age 92, of Halifax, died July 7, 2018, her wedding anniversary. She was a classy lady who loved politics, the Queen, hats, a glass of red wine and a good dessert. Her family and friends will miss her sharp wit. She was born in Belmont, Colchester Co., on April 3, 1926, and was proud of her rural heritage. As a child she “ran the fields of Riversdale,” and attended a one-room schoolhouse. She trained at the Halifax Pathology Lab, taking classes at Dalhousie where she met Andrew, the love of her life, on a blind date. She worked as a lab technician in Halifax and in Ottawa but she gave up her career to be a wife and mother. She volunteered for many years for the IWK Auxiliary. Alexa was the ultimate hostess during the years her husband Andrew was Dean of Law, Vice-President and President of Dalhousie University, and she treasured the years they spent in Ottawa when Andrew served as a judge of the Federal Court of Canada. But her family was her greatest joy. She was the loving mother of Margaret (Bob Shepherd) and adored “Mimi” to Alexandra Archibald, Kate (Matthew) Boyle and David Archibald; step-grandmother of Ona Archibald, step-great-grandmother of Sophia White, all of Halifax; sister-in-law of Mary MacKay, Ottawa, and Edith (Gordon) Haliburton, Wolfville, beloved aunt to many nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews and great-great-nephews. She was especially close to her niece Jill Hamilton. She was predeceased by Andrew, her loving husband of 58 years, in 2013, her parents Gertrude MacLean and Laurie Wright, siblings Grace Bethel, Truro; Jim Wright, Marriott’s Cove; Margaret Harcus, Edmonton, Alta.; Phyllis MacKay, Hebbville; and Ann Clarke, Truro. Funeral service will be Thursday, July 12, 2 p.m. in St. Andrew's United Church, Halifax. Donations in Alexa's memory may be made to the IWK Health Centre Foundation or to St. Andrew’s United Church. Special thanks to staff and residents of the Berkeley Gladstone.


  • Memorial Service Thursday, July 12, 2018
  • Reception Thursday, July 12, 2018
  • Committal Service Thursday, July 12, 2018

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Mary-Anne Janewski

July 14, 2018

To Margie, Bob, Alex, Kate, Matt, David,

I am so sorry for the loss of your mother and grandmother - to care for one of those who cared for us is an honour and Margie, you did it well! I am grateful that Mom and I were able to have a great relationship with her even though we lived provinces away.

I am sooooo grateful that Alexa got to Kananaskis last year to visit with my mom Margaret, her sister. I was also very grateful that I chose to have a memorial for Mom this June in NS so that I was able to get together with Aunt Lex and almost the entire family in Riversdale, Truro and Halifax.

Dr. Gary and Donna Curtis

July 11, 2018

We extend our deepest sympathy in the loss of your mother, grandmother, great grandmother. Cherish the many great memories of good times spent together. Both Aunt Grace and Ann spoke often of and with great affection for their sister Alexa. A very close knit family. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
Our deepest sympathy. Sincerely.

Dolores Mitchell

July 11, 2018

Margaret, I would like to offer my condolences to you and your family.
With sincere sympathy,
Dolores Housser

Bill MacLean

July 10, 2018

It was sad to hear today of your mother's passing. Although she was 22 years older than me, I can remember her great sense of humor when we she and your Dad visited my parents (Bill & Ethel MacLean) in Truro in years past. I'm sure you can rejoice in all the good memories over the years you shared with your Mom who had long life. My wife , Mary, and myself extend our deepest sympathy to and your family at this sad time. Alexa had a great long life . Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time.
Take care.
Bill (Billy) MacLean
Charlottetown, PEI

Sandy Hamilton

July 10, 2018

Hi Margie

I noticed your Mom's obituary in the paper today and wanted you to know that I am thinking of you. I have many memories of fabulous meals in your home; Alexa could make a meal an event. It was nice to see the reference to Jill; as your Mom was by far the favorite Aunt. Every time I drive by your home on Quinpool Road, I remember the midnight gardener, your father out in the dark with the flowers. I know that you have many memories as well, as time passes these memories become very important.
It was nice to see you at the concert with Lex, even though I did not recognize you at first; since moving out of the city, I am more of a recluse.

My thoughts are with you and your family, Sandy