Serena Alice Barrett

26 June , 192810 April , 2019

Barrett, Serena Alice (nee Sampson), Age 90, of Halifax passed away peacefully, surrounded by her loving family, on Wednesday, April 10th in Maplestone Enhanced Care, after a long battle with Parkinson’s Disease. Born in Lower L’Ardoise, Cape Breton, she was the daughter of the late Wilfred J. and Nataline (Peters) Sampson. Mom was a homemaker, raising her seven children with her beloved husband Walter. Even though they lived most of their married life in Halifax, her heart was always in Cape Breton. She was a devoted member of St. John the Baptist Parish where she was a member of the choir and altar society for more than 50 years. Mom had an unwavering faith in God and a deep and abiding love for her family. If asked what her greatest accomplishment would be, without a doubt, she would say it was her family. She was well known for her love of cooking and feeding everyone who entered her home. Nothing compared to Mom’s homemade bread and chicken soup or tea biscuits and homemade jam. She loved doing needle work and had to her credit, several home made quilts all done by hand. Mom is survived by her children; Corrine (John) Cox, Elaine (Barry) Stevens, David (Denis Boisclair), Kevin (Elizabeth), Denise (Mike) Marriott & Gail (David) Julien; daughter-in-law Jackie; grandchildren Jennifer (Reg), Ryan, Brandon, Julia, Dylan, Emilie and Sophie; great grandchildren Marena and Declan; sisters Delia, Kay, Agnes, Angeline and Carol; brothers, Jules, Louis, Jack, Ambrose and Abraham. She was predeceased by her loving husband of 62 years, Walter; son, Wally; sister Irene; brothers, Angus and Charlie. Our family would like to extend their deepest appreciation to the staff of Maplestone Enhanced Care, Ringdale Unit, for their exceptional care of our mother during her three years as a resident there. As well, a special thank you to the staff for their compassion shown to our family during this difficult time. Cremation has taken place. Visitation will be Sunday, April 14th from 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm at J.A. Snow’s Funeral Home, 339 Lacewood Drive, Halifax. Mass of Christian Burial will take place at St. John the Baptist Church, Purcell’s Cove Road, on Monday, April 15th at 11:00 am, Fr. Raymond Odumuko presiding. Reception to follow in the church hall. Private burial in Cape Breton at a later date. Family flowers only. Donations, in our Mother’s memory, can be made to Parkinson Canada. Online condolences may be sent by visiting:


  • Visitation Sunday, 14 April , 2019
  • Funeral Service Monday, 15 April , 2019

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Jennifer Madden

17 April 2019

Unconditional love. You exemplified it. I could always feel your love; in your eyes, the touch of your hand, your gentle words, your baking. I can still feel it now; your love is a powerful force and we're all so blessed to have experienced it.

My memories of our special times together could fill several books- everyone of them filled with love; homemade brown bread with butter and corn syrup, vanilla ice cream with your homemade jam, molasses cookies (tortadu), homemade chicken soup and beef stew (with molasses), fried mackerel, chocolate chip cookie dough (you always made two batches so I could eat one raw), your wooden spoon, your front porch pantry, fresh linen hanging on the line, the sweet sound of your singing and humming... the list goes on. You were the best. I'm so thankful for you and our time together and even more thankful that my children had you in their lives. One of my proudest memories is when you met Marena for the first time. Our first "4 generation" picture was taken that day and then, when Declan was born... oh your face. Beaming with pride and love. We feel it Nan, all around us.

I know you never wanted to be separated from your children but there's nothing for you to worry about anymore. We all have your love and strength within us. Enjoy your eternal life with Pa knowing that you'll both rise again in the faces of your children/grandchildren/great-grandchildren each and every day.

Thank you, Nan, for being stronger than you even knew. Je t'aime beacoup grandmere.


Ian Veinot

16 April 2019

Mrs. Barrett was a great neighbour and friend of the family.
I hope everyone is going as best as can be expected at this time.

Ian Veinot

Becky Morgan

15 April 2019

I'm so sorry to hear about the passing of Serena. My dad tells me that she made the most amazing bread in the whole world! She was such a beautiful woman and will be missed by so many. I hope this photo brings you some happiness as it did for me.

All Of Our Love,

Becky & Sarah (Calgary, AB)
Daughter of Frank and Laura Morgan

Mike MacSween

14 April 2019

Serena you were the best. I've never met someone who was so concerned about others.

Kimberley Howard

14 April 2019

Dear Barrett Family,

I was so saddened to learn of your Mom's passing. I remember and honour your mother for her kindness to our entire family, but especially to my mother. Every memory I have of your Mom is a positive one. I hope that the memories of her that you cherish will comfort you over the next days and months.

With sympathy,
Kimberley (Veinot) & Henry Howard, Edmonton, Alberta

Pearl Flemings

14 April 2019

Denise, Mike and Family;
Our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this difficult time of loss.
Gladys Marryatt
Andrew, Pearl and Kendra Flemings

David Melanson

14 April 2019

Dear Corinne. We were so saddened to read of the passing of your
Mom this past week. Reading the obituary, she sounded like a
remarkable person who will be missed by you and your siblings.
We look forward to seeing you at St. Benedict’s after the Easter
season. Love and prayers, David and Jeannette

Scott and Jane Stevens

13 April 2019

Elaine, Barry, Jenn & the Barrett family

We are so sorry for the loss of your mother/grandmother. She was a force to be reckoned with. A force she passed along to her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Elaine, the wisdom, love and guidance that you have shown us is a true testament to some of what you have gotten from a beautiful upbringing. Beautiful, thoughtful individuals are not just created, they are raised in a loving, strong environment, one that changes each person they touch. Whenever we had the pleasure of being in your mother's company you could feel warmth through her smile and see the love for her family in her eyes.

Barry, how lucky you were to have had the opportunity to call this beautiful woman your mother-in-law. She has been an integral part of your life for more than 50 years. Not many people can say they have such a beautiful family of in-laws, but you sure can.

Jenn, we are sure you are grateful for the opportunity to have known your Nanny for so many years, and to have her be a part of your children's lives. You are surrounded by strong individuals. Cherish all those memories for years to come and enjoy all the photos of your Nanny with your children. When you posted photos and comments about being at your Nanny's house, you could feel your pride and love through your words. You could even smell the baked bread!

To the Barretts, blessings to you all. Your mother's legacy will live on. Each of you have been given a beautiful gift of amazing parents who you can now take comfort in knowing are together again.  

She always referred to me as "Little Scottie" and it always made me feel loved and a part of the family.  As I reflect now I remember her giving me a sense of belonging and comfort. 

I (Jane) am grateful to have met her, and now have a longing for her baked bread! I am also grateful that she raised such a beautiful, welcoming family, and one of whom I am so proud to call my sister-in-law.

Scott & Jane

Audrey Cuvilier

13 April 2019

So sorry to hear about the passing of your beautiful mom, Serena. I loved seeing her at the dances on Wednesday evenings at Maplestone, always so wonderfully dressed and looking radiant. My heart goes out to you all. Hold all of your memories close to your hearts.

Ron and Giselle Romans

13 April 2019

Our deepest sympathies for the loss of your mother. We will remember her with fondness. You are in our prayers. Ron, Giselle and Brandon xo