A.L. Mattatall Funeral Home

217 Portland Street, Dartmouth, NS


Melba Gladys Harvie

May 28, 1920May 18, 2020

Our mother was a beautiful woman with a smile that lit up a room. She was a woman of small stature but she had the will to move mountains for those she loved. She taught grade one at Southdale Elementary in Dartmouth. She cared for every child who entered her class room. Once retired she did not slow down, she was active in helping Dr. James Smith with his Liberal campaigns and hiked Cape Blomidon in her seventies. It was not unusual to see her going for long walks with her little Scottie dog, Robbie and later in life her Beagle, Daisy.

Melba loved life and her door was open to anyone who needed a place to stay to work or attend school in the city.

When my father was diagnosed with Parkinsons in his eighties they decided that they would conquer this debilitating illness at home together and they did. Their relationship only grew stronger and she was with him each step of the way.

She was keen for a good game of forty-fives and could complete a crossword in record time. Always ready for an adventure regardless of how big or small. Her knowledge of mushrooms would impress any horticulturalist. Her interest in Nova Scotia artists took her to many galleries and nature walks fulfilled her love of the outdoors.

Her beloved husband Cecil died more than thirteen years ago at age eighty-seven, she would go on to live ten days short of her one hundredth birthday.

Survived by children, Jo-Ann (Dave) Campbell and Melba Colleen (John) McMahon; grandchildren, Michael A. Harvie, Dawn Campbell and Suzanne (Scott) Locke; great-grandchildren, Riley and Shamus. Predeceased by husband, Cecil; brothers, Herbie, Freeman, Chesley, Laurie and Paul and sister Ruth.

I would like to thank the staff at Maplestone Enhanced Care and her companions from Care at Home for the respect and care they gave my mother.

Donations made to "Innocence Canada" or a project or charity of your choice.


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Carolee Nichols

June 2, 2020

Condolences to Melba's family:

I remember Melba well from teaching with her in Southdale School. She taught Grade One, when I was there, and I taught grade Primary. I passed on many a child into her capable hands. She was a tiny but mighty lady and it always impressed me that she would take long walks at the end of her busy days. No wonder she lived so long, since she was so fit!
Such good memories! Carolee

Bob (a.k.a. Robert) MacKenzie

June 1, 2020

Dear Jo-Ann, Coleen, Michael, and families,
I was very saddened to learn of Melba’s passing. She was a wonderful lady and she was a long-time, dear friend of my late mother. One only hopes that they are having a good long gab somewhere. Melba may have had the outward persona of a stereotypical school “marm”, but she also had a delicious sense of humour just under the surface. She frequently visited my mother at 401 Portland St when I lived there. Sometimes she would be visiting when I got home from work and I would immediately tell my mother the latest “off colour” joke. I know that was fiendish of me, but I was always so tickled just watching her reaction to the punch line. Hearing it, she would say, “ Oh my!” and cover her mouth with her hand. An uncontrollable twinkle would then come to her eyes and she would burst into laughter. That is how I shall remember her. I am sorry that I must use this electronic media rather than the ancient pen and paper of yore to express my sincere condolences. Alas, in the intervening decades, I have lost touch with all of you, but please know that you are in my thoughts at this time of sorrow.
Bob MacKenzie

Frank & Vi Carmichael

May 28, 2020

We first met Melba and Cecil when they lived on Portland St. as we became friends with Joanne and Dave. Many years have passed since then, but they have left us with a lot of great memories. Melba has now joined Cecil and they are at peace. Joanne and Coleen; share those memories and take care of yourselves and your families.

Audrey Cuvilier

May 28, 2020

On behalf of the Wednesday Evening Volunteers at Maplestone, I wish to pass along our condolences on the passing of your sweet mother. I remember meeting her when she first came into Maplestone, and we spoke of her teaching career. She loved the music on Wednesday nights and came down weekly. She lived a very full life. RIP Melba.

Gary and Paulette Harvie

May 22, 2020

Deepest Sympathy to all the family on the passing of Aunt Melba.I first met her and Uncle Cecil at my wedding almost 50 years ago I thought she was the sweetest little woman.Gary was Edna and Seymore Harvies son. Take Care and God Bless you all at this time

Doris Broussard

May 21, 2020

Colleen, Johanne & family ...my deepest condolences...xx

It was a pleasure looking after Melba at Maplestone. I will always remember walking in her room and she had the most sweetest smile to greet me. She loved having her hair curled and of course I always made sure she had her stuff puppy with her at all times. She like going in the front lobby and watching who came in and out and once and awhile she would see a little bird flying by, you could see the excitement in her face and while we were sitting their I would always play some music for her...her favourite song I was told was You Are my Sunshine....I played that song quite a few times for her and sometimes she would sing along the words to the song.....:)
Rest in peace my sweet Melba....your friend Doris..xx

Barb Parker

May 21, 2020

Hi Joanne ... I'm so sorry for your loss. That your mother was a teacher was no surprise!

Babs Berger

May 21, 2020

Joanne and Coleen , I am so sorry to hear of your mother's passing.

gregg Yeadon

May 21, 2020

Our sincere condolences to the entire family on your loss.
Pauline and Gregg Yeadon

Patricia Crnogorac

May 21, 2020

I have many happy memories of Melba beginning with our days teaching at Southdale. She was always so supportive and gave such practical advice. We became good friends. I was happy to visit her when back in Nova Scotia several years ago. We shared so many memories that day and she was very interested in how my mom (now 96) was doing .She talked of the wonderful travel adventures she and Cecil enjoyed after retirement. Melba had a long life, well lived.


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