Barbara "Jean" Wallace

28 August , 19284 February , 2019
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(Barbara) Jean Wallace

We are sad to announce that Barbara Jean (Whitman) Wallace passed away peacefully at age 90 on February 4, 2019. Jean was born on August 28, 1928 to Lionel Roy Whitman and Abbie Kathleen McConnell in Paradise, N.S., and later the stepdaughter of Muriel Marshall Whitman.

She attended Paradise School and Bridgetown High School, where she was valedictorian before heading to Acadia University, residing in Whitman Hall and still fondly remembered her father picking her up at the train station and her mother baking her favorite meals for those weekends at home. After her freshman year, Jean’s mother became ill with cancer so Jean remained at home to care for her until her passing. This experience inspired a move to Halifax where she embarked on a career as a nurse training at the Victoria General in Halifax. It was during this time that, on a double date with her class mate Mary and her beau Tom Davis, that she met her future husband Douglas Wallace, marrying in 1952 . Mary and Tom remained life long friends.

Always curious and interested in learning about new things and taking time away from nursing to raise her two children, she began a new career in real estate starting out in sales with Canada Trust in 1967, then manager of its real estate department in 1972 and later receiving her AACI designation from the Appraisal Institute of Canada in 1980 where she worked as an appraiser many years with Pat King and Fram Lay Malay and Associates.

Even retirement couldn’t slow Jean down until very recently with her many activities including making new friends until the very end. Few days didn’t include a visit or a walk to see her gang at Tim Horton’s on Quinpool Road from her house of over fifty years on Newton Ave where, when not busy in her garden, she enjoyed socializing with her longtime and very kind “back” neighbor Gloria Haskett. Most recently, Jean has called Parkland At the Lakes home, in Dartmouth and we will always be thankful for the kindness and care of both the staff and her other residents there.

Most of all though, and even for all this, to us she was just our wonderful mother who took care of us, raised us, tried to teach us right from wrong by example, always put us first and, simply loved us. As much as we will miss her, we are consoled by how lucky we were to have her to call mum.

Jean was predeceased by her husband Doug in 2000. She is survived by her daughter, Barbara Saunders (Steve); son Brian ( Adele) of Houston and Chester; grandchildren Sean Saunders( Chelsea), Emma Saunders and Bryan Saunders; and much to her amazement and joy, a great grand-daughter, Hollis Marie Saunders.

Memorial service will be held on Friday, February 8, 2019 at 10 am from Cruikshank’s Funeral Home, 2666 Windsor Street, Halifax with a reception to follow.


  • Memorial Service Friday, 8 February , 2019
  • Reception Friday, 8 February , 2019

Barbara "Jean" Wallace

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Alice and Doug MacKay

14 February 2019

Our sincere condolences to you and your family on your loss.It is very evident,Barb,that your mother was a very special person.

Pam Ewart (Winsby)

9 February 2019

Dear Barbie and Brian,
Sending you and your families my sincere condolences on the loss of your mum. I considered your mum to be my favourite aunt. She was kind and loving and her values around family always shone through. It is wonderful to know that she lived a full life rich in family and friends.

Joe and Sheila Fougere

8 February 2019

Barb, Steve and family: We we’re saddened to read of Jean’s passing and will be unable to pay our respects in person, as we are out of town. We feel fortunate to have been amongst those Jean spent time with over the years at Tim’s on Quinpool. It was always a pleasure to be in her company. Our thoughts are with you at this very sad time. Joe and Sheila

Brian Varner

6 February 2019

My condolences to the entire family. I was a new and young appraiser at Fram Lay Malay in the early 80’s and your mom was my supervisor. She was a wonderful person who was a great teacher, kind and considerate and always up for a good laugh.
Brian Varner AACI

Cliff Falkenham

6 February 2019

My condolences to you Barb and Steve and your family. I spent many weekends over the years having coffee at Tim Hortons and often would spend time chatting with your mom. She was always smiling and happy to chat about many topics and always stayed positive. She was so proud of her children and certainly left no doubt of the special place in her life she had for her grandchildren. She was a part of our weekend routine for several years. She will be remembered by all of us from the coffee crowd. May she rest in peace.

Cliff Falkenham, Charlottetown, PEI

Bryan& Barbara McGlone

6 February 2019

Barb& Family. Hi Barb. Sorry to hear your mom has passed away. We enjoyed Jean's company at Tims and lunch with her over the years. She was a dear lady. Bryan& Barb, Florida

Michael and Pamela Spearns

6 February 2019

Barb , Steve and family;

We would like to express our sincere condolences on the passing of your Mom

What a beautiful life and one that was lived to the fullest.

Please know that you and your entire family are in our thoughts and prayers

Pam and Michael P.