JA Snow Funeral Home


Martina Marie MacDonald

28 January, 19411 April, 2021


It is with deep sadness that the family of Martina MacDonald announce her passing on April 1, 2021 at Hospice Halifax.

Martina was born on January 28, 1941 in Big Pond Centre, Cape Breton. She graduated from St. Rita’s School of Nursing in 1966 and began her career as a registered nurse. After 25 years of nursing, Martina enrolled in the B.Sc. Nursing programme at St. Francis Xavier University, graduating in 1993. She then resumed her nursing career until her retirement in 1995.

Martina was predeceased by her husband of 48 years, John Francis MacDonald, her parents, Hildred (Walsh) and Martin MacPherson, and her sister, Margaret (Ralph Nelson). She is survived by her children, Frances MacLean (Tom), Carol McLeod (Gary) and Kevin MacDonald (Colleen Keyes), grandchildren, Brett (Natalie), Candice (Jason), Alyce (Shane), Dana (Scott), Kevin (Marina), Erin (Antoine), Rachel and Jack, great-grandchildren, Brynn, Connor, Avery, Wilber, Finn, Saoirse and Edie. She is also survived by her sisters, Ann English (Jim Owen), Betty McVey (the late Kerr) and Alena Wilgenhof (Richard), brother, Martin MacPherson (Cathy), and many nieces and nephews.

In accordance with Martina’s wishes, there will be no visitation or service. A private family interment in East Bay will occur at a future date.

The family would like to thank the VG palliative care team, especially nurse Claire. In addition, they would like to thank the doctors, nurses and staff at Hospice Halifax, all of whom provided Martina and her family with tremendous care and compassion.

Those wishing to honour Martina may do so by making a donation to Hospice Halifax or other charity of their choice. To place an online condolence, please visit


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Martina Marie MacDonald

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Francis Lefort

11 April 2021

Fran, Carol, Kevin and families:

Please accept my sincerely condolences and sympathy on the passing of your mother. I have many fond childhood memories of great times spent at your place in East Bay from the snowmobiles to coasting and all. Your mom was always very kind and so nice to all us kids in the neighbourhood. I know you will find comfort within your families and close friends. The great memories will last forever. Hugs


Margaret Ann Morrison

10 April 2021

Dear Fran and family
Condolences on the passing of your mom . I had the pleasure to work with Martina at St. Rita’s many years ago . May she Rest In Peace .
Take care
Margaret Ann

Theresa Currie-Criss

7 April 2021

To; Carol, Fran, Kevin & family; I am sorry for your loss. I have fond memories of your dear mother. I spent so much time at your place growing up and your mom was so good to me. Although she will be missed, she will always be with you. God Bless your mom. Take good care of each other. Theresa Currie-Criss

Kevin & ,Elaine MacLellan

6 April 2021

Fran ,Carol &Kevin, & families
We have many fond memories of your mom and shared a lot of good laughs over the years.Her quick wit and sense of humour carried her through any adversity she encountered. She was a joy to work with through our years at St Rita’s where she treated every patient with dignity and compassion.Her sense of humour was infectious toward her coworkers in many challenging situations. She will be remembered fondly by many .. Rest peacefully Martina

Paula MacInnis

6 April 2021

Martin and the MacPherson family,
Heartfelt condolences on the passing of your sister and may time ease the loss. Thoughts and prayers of healing are sent your way.

Paula MacInnis

6 April 2021

Frances, Carol, Kevin and families
Sincere condolences to you and your families on the loss of your mom and grandmother. The loss of a mom leaves a large vacancy in a family and is made more poignant as the years pass. May your memories keep her close each day.

Clara (MacArthur) MacNeil

6 April 2021

Frances Marie,Carol Anne, Kevin Charles and Family ; I’m so sorry to hear about your Mother’s passing! Although it has been years since I’ve seen her,Ihave special memories of you all during your MacCormack School years,in particular! YourMom ,to me,was always so caring, supportive and organized with you as family and in her Nursing career! I’m sure you have lots of special memories of those days in East Bay to share with all your family! My most sincere sympathy! Clara (MacArthur) MacNeil

Tom and Martha Mills (nee MacPherson)

6 April 2021

Our sincere condolences to you at this time. I vividly remember going down to East Bay with Alena and getting to know Martina's children: Kevin Charles, Frances Marie, and Carol Ann. With the support of family and friends may you all get through this difficult time.

Rose Fraser

6 April 2021

Fran,Tom.Brett, Alyce,Candace and families

We are so sorry for your loss
Rose and Fred Fraser

Charlie and Marie (Mac Pherson ) Cash

5 April 2021

Dear Fran , Carol and Kevin and families .
Sincere condolences on the death of your Mother. Many memories of your mom in her younger years . Life can give us challenges in many different ways but facing them with determination takes courage and strength of character to overcome . These qualities shone in your mother ,particularly , as a nurse . I will always remember her coming to the house the night my father died . .In the midst of confusion , she gave me much needed strength and support .I had a wonderful visit with Martina and Betty awhile ago . We shared many laughs and remembrances of younger years .My heart is heavy for Betty , as I know the closeness they shared . Family is so important in our lives , more so , as we get older . There is a void when we lose our parents , that only the love of siblings can fill , Sending hugs of strength ! Rest In Peace Martina 🙏

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