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Jayne’s Funeral Home

7 Birch Street, Digby, NS

OBITUARY

Truena Blanche Raymond

January 12, 1930December 13, 2019
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It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Truena on Dec 13, 2019 just short of her 90th birthday, residing at Tideview Terrace, Digby. Mom was a member of the Little River Baptist Church, was at peace with the lord and we know she is now in a better place.

Born in East Ferry, Digby County. She was the oldest daughter of the late Harland and Georgia (Pyne) Theriault and foster daughter of Mabel and Sidney Small. Mom was a kind, nurturing, and a gentle lady who loved to sing and laugh, many times because of her own quick wit. She was a hard worker and was well known for her endless hours at her canteen feeding workers from our families fish processing plant and neighboring facilities in the 60’s and 70’s.

She always saw the best in people, never criticized or complained about any situation she encountered. Besides her parents she was predeceased by her husband, Llewellyn Raymond. She is survived by sister, Beulah Griffin; her sons, Sidney (Bev), Sean (Lesa); daughter, Joy (Jim) Smith; grandchildren, Kienan, Sharlene, Krista, Jillian, Lyndi, and Logan; all the great grandchildren and special nephews Robbie, Harley and Deane. The family appreciates the 8 years of the great care Mom received at Tideview. They were her second family and the continuous “hello’s, how are you” and hugs were always the highlights of her walks. Thank you to Dr. Black for always being available and willing to answer our questions and offer advice. A very special thank you to Cheryl Long for her loving commitment to Mom.

A memorial visitation will be 6-8 pm on Monday December 16, 2019 with funeral service at 1 pm Tuesday December 17, 2019 all from Jayne’s Funeral Home, Digby. Rev. Donald Robertson and Rev. Jeff White officiating. Followed by a private family burial.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Truena’s memory can be made to the Alzheimer Society of Nova Scotia or East Ferry Cemetery in care of Harold Theriault 9461 Hwy 217, Waterford, NS B0V 1A0. Rest easy Mom, we will be ok. Your amazing job as a mother and grandmother is now complete and we are forever grateful. You are amazing and will not be forgotten. Share a memory or leave a condolence at www.jaynesfuneralhome.com

Services

  • Evening Visitation Monday, December 16, 2019
  • Funeral Service Tuesday, December 17, 2019

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Deborah Landers

December 20, 2019

My condolences Joy and family so sorry for your loss.

Coleen Cameron

December 18, 2019

Sydney, Joy, Sean and families
So sorry to hear about the passing of your mother. She was a lovely lady. Your memories of the times together will last forever.
Sincerely
Coleen Cameron

Chris/Phyllis Thurber

December 18, 2019

To Sean, Sidney, Joy and families, Your mom will always be remembered for her smile and jovial personality. I always remember her visits at the bank and when Lyndi and Logan were small, she would beem with pride showing us their beautiful pictures. She has given us all fond memories. Heaven has gained another angel. God bless you all.

Kelly & Brian Merritt

December 17, 2019

Truena was a very sweet lady with love in her heart for everyone. Lots of good memories she leaves with all the lives she touched. The best Mom and Grammie and Friend. Rest In Peace Truena love you. Xo

Corinne Titus

December 17, 2019

My heart aches for Truena's family . She was such a sweet lady . Always had a smile on her face & kind words . She had such a beautiful voice . The last time I was in to visit her & everyone else in Dominion house she was sitting at the table & leading a couple of her "extended family" in singing Show Me the Way to Go Home . I will miss seeing her smiling face & hearing her sing . She has found her way home & Heaven has yet another Angel for the choir .

Please accept my sincerest condolences .



Marilyn Mackintosh

December 16, 2019

Thinking of the Raymond family at this sad time. So enjoyed my friendship with your Mom.

Heather and Roger Hirtle

December 16, 2019

Sorry to hear of your mothers passing Joy and Family.She was a funny lady all those years ago when I was going to your house for the week-end.

Janet Oswald

December 16, 2019

So sorry for your loss.Truena was so kind and also very witty.She surely will be missed. I so loved her sense of humor . Deepest sympathy to all . JanetOswald

JANICE HUTCHINS

December 16, 2019

My sincere condolences to all of you for your loss. Truena was a special dear lady. When my mom was in Tideview I always took her to visit with Truena . She was always glad to see mom. Take care , all of you . You are in my thoughts and prayers.

Regards,

Janice Hutchins

Loretta Crocker

December 16, 2019

Condolences to your family. Truena was a lovely person.

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Biography

Truena Blanche Raymond was a natural leader whose winning presence allowed her to take control of various situations with ease. Equipped with a clear and calculating focus, she possessed a tough-minded, “take charge” attitude. She had the ability to make even routine situations seem exciting, and she was at ease with the role of playing problem solver. Truena always sought out the scene of where the action was. Sociable, analytical and pleasant, Truena was an individual who enjoyed life’s challenges.
Truena was born on January 12, 1930 at home, Dr. Rice came to the house by his horse and sleigh. The mid wife was Eva Theriault who assisted Dr. Rice with delivery in East Ferry, Digby Co., Nova Scotia. Her parents were Harland and Georgia Theriault but her Aunt and Uncle, Mabel and Sydney Small were her foster parents because her birth mother had TB and was in the Sanatorium in Kentville, NS on and off since she was 2 years old. Truena was raised in East Ferry. Always able to express herself well, Truena possessed strong interpersonal skills. She was optimistic in her outlook on life and was able at all times to be open and direct in her communication. Armed with a great wit, Truena was raised to be accepting of others and to implement a strong personal work ethic.
Blessed with a balanced attitude, Truena was able to relate well with others. Her occasional role as family mediator gave her the opportunity to ease tense situations when they occurred. Truena was raised with 1 sister “Beulah” 16 months younger also her best friend. Truena had a strong desire to be treated fairly and would readily offer others the same fairness in return.
As a young child, Truena showed her creative ability in many ways. She was outgoing and animated. Truena enjoyed new activities and pursued a variety of interests. In her spare time she rode her tricycle, played with dolls and enjoyed sledding in the winter. Truena's memorable achievements included being awarded prize for highest average in high school.
Known to others as a focused, logical, open-minded and somewhat driven individual, Truena was able to utilize these qualities to succeed in high school. Her curious nature was spurred by her ability to maximize her personal learning style through employing a hands-on approach. She was good with facts and had an excellent memory. She finished Grade XI from Digby Academy in 1948. She enjoyed some courses more than others, having favorite classes and teachers. Her favorite class in high school was math (algebra and geometry). The teacher she enjoyed learning from the most was Greta Denton and Kathleen Durkee in elementary and Miss Durling at Digby Academy. Truena boarded in Digby for Grade XI paying $3/week. She walked to and from her boarding home, they always had a cooked dinner at noon hour.
Friends and acquaintances found Truena an easy woman to get to know, and those close to her would often praise her open, practical style of communication and relaxed approach to life in general. Truena was uncomplicated and straightforward in her relationships, which allowed her to accept people for what they were. While growing up, some of her best friends were twins Marilyn and Evelyn Theriault in elementary school, and Virginia Stanton in her teenage years. Lillian Mayer from NY, and Joan Brayton from Springfield Massachusetts spent many summers in East Ferry and quickly became lifelong friends. Later in her married life, she became friends with Rowena Theriault and Verna Harris amongst several other community and church friends.
On August 19, 1948 Truena exchanged wedding vows with Llewellyn J. Raymond at the home of her foster parents in East Ferry, Nova Scotia. They met at her school pie sale and with the winning bid on her pie he then walked her home. Truena liked him because he was a clean cut guy, had good manners and was handsome. They liked to go to hockey games, movies, dances and hang around with other kids their age. Truena was attentive to Llewellyn's feelings, and she charmed Llewellyn and others with her fantastic cooking abilities. She had a gift for being able to give freely and generously and was a good listener with an engaging personality. Truena had a great work ethic and easily dealt with any hurdles they encountered. They complimented one another in their relationship .
Very much like a kid herself, Truena identified with the inquisitive and creative side of her children’s personalities. She was able to direct her energy and spontaneity towards helping her children acquire added common sense skills. Truena was blessed with three children, Sidney, Joy and Sean. She was also blessed with six grandchildren, Kienan, Sharlene, Krista, Jillian, Lyndi, and Logan and seven great grandchildren.
Truena was a flexible worker who was able to draw the best from others around her. A persuasive individual who was quick to make necessary decisions, Truena’s strengths included being able to think on her feet. She could be a leader who sought impact for her decisions. Gifted with an incredible ability to read body language, Truena was able to positively manipulate situations and motivate others in order to get a task completed. She was a good negotiator who enjoyed new challenges. Truena could multi-task, and she was endowed with entrepreneurial spirit, allowing her to think beyond standard norms when it came to resolving issues in her work environment. Her primary occupation was book keeper and canteen owner/operator. She was self employed for over 20 years operating her canteen in the summer and was book keeper for her own business and Passage Fisheries that was owned by her husband and her sons in later years until she retired.
Truena enjoyed her leisure time by taking part in various hobbies. She had something of an artistic flair in many of the things that she did. She put this creativity toward all of her pastimes. Her favorite pursuits were traveling, church work, gardening, knitting, cooking and watching her favorite TV shows. She was content to enjoy her hobbies alone but was also willing to share her interests with others.
In high school, games were usually played on the weekends and she went home to East Ferry so never participated in sports or clubs. Truena was also something of a sports fan and enjoyed watching her favorite events whenever she got the opportunity. Tops on her list were hockey as her son Sean and husband played hockey.
Truena was a gifted problem solver who worked hard to help accomplish group goals. This skill made her a wonderful asset to the various groups and organizations to which she belonged. Always matter-of-fact about what needed to be done, Truena worked steadily to meet any organization’s goals.
Truena was an active member of the East Ferry and little river church her entire life. Her involvement included being president of WMS (world mission society), church organist and church clerk for 12 years. As well as being a choir member, she was trustee of the East Ferry Church. She was also a member of the IOOF (Rebekah Lodge). Truena held close traditional values and as a result, her faith was very important to her.
Truena was a generous woman who prized that same quality in others. So it’s little wonder that she was so active and giving in her community. Politically, Truena was a liberal supporter as her husband was a member of the liberal party.
Travel and vacations were experiences that Truena truly enjoyed. She preferred to seek out excitement wherever she went and she was partial to vacations that were casual and laid back with an atmosphere of “live and let live.” She was willing to leave her plans open and flexible, just in case something more interesting came along. Favorite vacations included Hawaii being the most exciting and a dream come true in 1976, along with Cancun (1978), Bahamas (1979), Jamaica 1983 and 1984, 2 weeks to Italy in 1985, Vancouver Island 1987, Alaska, multiple trips to Florida among others. She often spoke of kissing the Blarney Stone in Ireland, a fond memory she liked to share.
Truena was a lover of animals and cherished her pets. One of Truena’s favorite pets was, “Max” a terrier mix that she acquired after the passing of her husband Lew and he became her best companion. They were best friends for over 10 years. Her family was rounded out by other cats and dogs over the years, Spic and Span being her favorite stray cats that she took in.
When Truena’s retirement finally came in her 50’s, she was well prepared. She used logical analysis of her retirement options in order to ensure her retirement would be fulfilling. Still, she was able to easily adapt to possible changes and enjoyed just having fun and being relaxed. She did not relocate. In retirement, she found pleasure in many church activities, traveling, gardening, helping others and spending quality time with her family.
Truena passed away on December 13, 2019 at Tideview Terrace (Nursing Home), Digby, NS. Truena struggled with dementia the last 10+ years of her life. She is survived by her 3 children, Sidney, Joy and Sean as well as her sister Beulah, 6 grandchildren, and several great grandchildren. Services were held at Jayne’s Funeral Home, Digby NS. Truena was laid to rest in East Ferry Cemetery.
Truena was the kind of person who could win others over easily. A natural communicator, she relied on her senses to increase her involvement and awareness of others. She was always able to provide quick wit to her friends and acquaintances, offering a seemingly endless supply of quips, anecdotes, jokes and stories. If Truena had a theme song written about her, it might well have been “Don’t Worry, Be Happy.” She enjoyed her life, the experience of living it and her generosity, love of music, quick wit and kind heart will live forever in the people she cherished the most, her family. This is how we will all remember Truena