Juliana Belle Willdey

November 21, 1943June 25, 2018
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Willdey, Juliana Belle (Julie) – Nov. 21st 1943 – June 25th 2018 It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of our mother, Julie (Turnbull) Willdey. She will be deeply missed.

Julie was predeceased by her loving husband LCdr Tom Willdey, and her parents, Mildred (Porter) and Gordon Turnbull.

Julie was born and raised in Digby, NS. She graduated from Acadia in 1964, went on to complete her B.Ed at Dalhousie, and obtained a business diploma from Mount Saint Vincent.

Julie taught mathematics for a few years but luckily for us she chose to stay home with her family. What a treat to arrive home to our sweet mother and home-baked brown bread throughout our childhood! Julie was known by many for her delicious pies and you could always count on a pair of hand-knit socks or mittens.

Julie was a person of faith and lived her life serving and caring for others. She volunteered much of her time helping those in need. Julie was very active in her church community; she was a long time member of the Catholic Women’s League, taught Sunday School for many years, and served in church ministries. Julie was a member of the Red Hat Society and loved spending time with her knitting friends, the “Knit-Wits”.

She is survived by her three children, Karla (David), Katherine (John), and Brian. Gram will be dearly missed by her grandchildren, Willy, Elliott, Lila, Jack, and Sophia and by her great grandchildren, Clara-June and Harvey. She leaves behind two loyal brothers, Perry (Elizabeth) Turnbull and Robert (Janice) Turnbull along with many special nieces, nephews and wonderful relatives and friends.

Visitation Friday June 29th from 6 -8 pm, Funeral Service Saturday June 30 at 1:00pm, both at JA Snow Funeral Home, Halifax. Donations in Julie’s memory may be made to the ALS Society of Canada.


  • Visitation Friday, June 29, 2018
  • Funeral Service Saturday, June 30, 2018

Juliana Belle Willdey

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Carolyn Baker

June 29, 2018

Karla and Family, I was so saddened to see your mother's obituary. I often think of her when I drive along the Bedford Highway and how welcome she always made me feel at the house. She was a wonderful, warm and caring person who raised her children with the same quality traits. She was a special person, and I know will be greatly missed by all who knew her.

Thinking of you,

Carolyn (Cochrane) Baker

Michael Baglole

June 29, 2018

To family of Juliana:

I was very sorry to learn of Julianas' passing, a person for whom I had the utmost respect. You may not remember me but I am an LPN at the QEH and spent many hours learning about and caring for Juliana. We shared many stories and laughs. My fondest memory of Juliana was from last May. One beautiful sunny evening, Juliana asked me if I would accompany her to the upper level of the hospital so that we could watch the sunset. While sitting there looking out the window over the Hillsborough River, Juliana would make the occasional comment but we both spent more time just sitting there in silence watching as the evening sun set. At one point, Juliana turned to me and said "maybe we should get back as I'm keeping you from the unit." I answered, "that's ok, Juliana, if we go back, I'll only have to go back to work." She laughed and we sat there for another half hour. Again, I was very sorry to hear of the passing of this wonderful lady. Her strength, positive attitude, and contagious sense of humor should serve as an inspiration to all of us. I pray that you, her family, find strength to help you through these difficult days and remember your mother, grandmother for the wonderful, special, and inspirational lady that she was.

LPN, Unit 7,
Queen Elizabeth Hospital.

Jean Dentremont

June 29, 2018

Grew up with all the willday family and thinking of you all. Maureen and Patricia, t.c thinking of you both wish I could visit at funeral but unable this weekend take care Jeannie centre mont(carnell

Sherry Swinamer

June 28, 2018

I shared an apartment on University Avenue, Halifax, with Julie and two others for a few months after graduation from Acadia and have lots of great memories of some fun times as we made the transition from students to worldly workers! We hope your memories of growing up in such a loving family will help in dealing with her absence from your lives.

Merrill & Minerva MacInnis

June 28, 2018

I am sorry to hear this. So young and you will miss her so very much for a long time. She will live on in her children and grandchildren and in the memories and stories you will keep telling. I didn't know Julie but I know from John & Katherine that she has left behind a loving close-knit family. God Bless.

Doreen Burke

June 28, 2018

I live at 331 Lacewood apt 605 Juliana was my neighbour . She was a very Quiet neighbour , sweet and kind and very much a lady . It was a pleasure to have know her . My Condolences to the family .
Doreen Burke

Rita Slater

June 28, 2018

Hello family of Juliana:
I was a patient in the QE Hospital and shared a room with your Mother, then again I was in the Restorative Care in PE Home with your Mother. I am saddened to hear of her passing. She was a lovely lady and we had many interesting conversations. Please accept my sincere condolences on this very difficult time for you. I met a few of you but sorry don't remember any names.

Rita Slater

Jane Nichols

June 27, 2018

She was a great cousin & growing up we all would go almost every Sunday to our Grand parents place for pot luck. Our mothers' would most always be on the phone everyday to each other.( plus the other sisters" plus Uncle Basil were not only brother & sisters' but best friends.) They would even go on trips together. Especially Frenchy's or go to Halifax for the day & back the same day or would sometimes stay at Julie"s & Tom's but usually came home the same day. Alot of fun we had.
Jane (Kinsman) Nichols