A.L. Mattatall Funeral Home

217 Portland Street, Dartmouth, NS


Mona Marie (Forsythe) O'Brien

October 16, 1938June 23, 2020

Passed peacefully at the age of 81, on Tuesday June 23, 2020 in Oceanview Manor, Eastern Passage. Born October 16, 1938 in Wolfville, Mona was the daughter of the late Graydon and Kathleen (Carey) Forsythe. She lived most of her adult life in Dartmouth, and is survived by her daughter Carla Purcell (Stephen) of Waverley, son Michael (Sarah-Jane) of Maryland, step-son Stewart O’Brien, Dartmouth; sister Eleanor Berrigan, grandchildren Nicholas & Kayleigh Purcell, Thomas & Theodore O’Brien and Allyson & Courtney O’Brien; many nieces and nephews and long time special companion Gordon Mathie. She was predeceased by her husband Carl in 1991, brother Owen, stepson Wayne O’Brien and brother-in-law Edward Berrigan. She moved to Dartmouth at a young age and worked in the car business where she met the love of her life, Carl. She was the apple of his eye and they created a beautiful family together. Always the life of the party, Mona loved to dance and socialize with her family and friends, Carl always said “the first one there and the last to leave.” “Going to coffee with the girls” at Tim’s was so special for her. Christmas was her favourite time of the year, she prepared and decorated early and enjoyed the decorations for a very extended season, she loved the Christmas visiting and people around her. She was a long-time member of Port Wallis United Church. Our family would like to extend heartfelt thanks to the staff of Seaside unit who treated mom like family. Due to current COVID-19 restrictions there will be a small graveside service for family and a celebration of life the way mom would want it at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society, the Alzheimer’s Society, or a charity of your choice. Mom, we will look for the first star in the night sky and think of you and dad together in heaven.


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Mona Marie (Forsythe) O'Brien

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Sheila Flinn

July 2, 2020

Dear Carla and Michael:
I am so sorry about your dear Mom. We go back a long way and had some good times, including our coffees at Tim’s, luncheons, and some day trips, and best of all our White Street parties. I can still hear her laughter, and how she could never remember the punch line when she told a joke. She loved her Grandchildren dearly and you two also. I know it was very hard for you lately, but you have great memories and I am sure lots of pictures; I have some myself. Thinking of all of you at this sad time. Love Sheila

John Cameron

July 1, 2020

Mike and Carla:

Our heartfelt condolences go out to you and your families at this difficult time. We are saddened by your loss.

We fondly remember Mona. We are warmly remembering the neighborhood parties on White Street with her and Carl. We are also recollecting her beautiful singing voice.

Wishing you peace that will bring you comfort and courage in the days ahead and loving memories to forever hold in your heart.

Johnnie and Geraldine Cameron

Reg and Sharon Fraser

July 1, 2020

Dear Carla and family

We were very sorry to hear of your mom’s passing. She was a very special lady and we have fond memories of Mona. We always enjoyed our chats and laughs over the years. Please accept our sincere condolences at this difficult time.

Reg and Sharon

Tina Olsen

June 29, 2020

Carla and Mike

I am so saddened to hear of your Mom's passing. I have fond memories of her with all of us White St kids growing up. Hope that the thought of her finally reuniting with your Dad, gives you both some comfort. My deepest sympathies and love to you both


Lonny Cameron

June 28, 2020

Mike and Carla:

I was deeply saddened to hear about the loss of your mother.

I’ve been fondly remembering Mona these past few days.

One of the memories that put a smile on my face was the “tinsel Christmas tree”.

She is definitely in a better place now. Looking down on us.

Grief is the last act of love we have to give to those we loved. Where there is deep grief, there was great love.

My family and I are thinking about you and hoping that you can try and remember the good memories to help comfort you at this time.

Lonny, Barb, Jack, and Luke Cameron
Kemptville, ON

Monali Dhamdachia

June 28, 2020

We are very sorry for your loss, Carla. I remember your mum for her wonderful smile and positive energy. Her illness couldn’t have been easy for your family, but I know you were always there for her, just like she was for you when you needed her. How blessed you were to have each other. Our prayers are with all of you at this time; may your mum be at peace, and may you find comfort in your happy memories of her.

With love,
Mona, Mukesh, Dylan and Sudha

Crystal William

June 27, 2020

Dearest Carla and family,

We have so many warm memories of spending time with Mona.
All the Halloween nights, Christmas decor fun, and sunny afternoons at Silversides Beach. She was an engaging lady.
Your mom will remain a cherished memory of our times with your family as our kids were growing up.

God Bless you all. We are thinking of you.

Crystal and Forest Williams

Perry Wallace

June 27, 2020

Please accept my condolences on Mona's passing. We were neighbours and I have many fond memories visiting her home in Wolfville. A lovely family and a lovely daughter.