Patten Funeral Home

71 Union Street, Glace Bay, NS


Mrs. Gladys Macleod

June 4, 1924January 8, 2020

The family of Gladys MacLeod regret to announce her passing on January 8, 2020 at Glace Bay Hospital, at the age of 95 years. Gladys was a long time resident of Glace Bay and was the daughter of Orestes and Elsie Parsons. Mom was raised by her grandparents, Walter and Sophie Noseworthy , of Dragatis Street, Glace Bay and formerly of Newfoundland. Mom was a keen student and lifelong learner and passed on the values of hard work and getting a good education to her children. She was well read and kept up on current events and always liked to discuss the latest news. Mom was never reticent in sharing her opinions and very rarely admitted to being on the wrong side in any argument. Mom was a dedicated Miner’s wife and spent most of her married life as a “homemaker” who was big on cleanliness and eating good nutritious food. She was known as a great home cook and baker and many of her recipes were sought after by friends and family. A great passion of hers was spending time with our family at the cottage in Mira which Dad built with help from his brothers and in-laws. After Dad’s retirement, a major pastime of theirs was going to The Bungalow. Mom was equally adept at clearing brush, trimming trees and painting whatever she thought needed painting, as she was in cooking a meal of cabbage rolls while out on the Mira. Mom enjoyed skating in her younger years and this was where she met our Dad, her “Johnnie”. She was an excellent bowler and was part of a Ladies Bowling League in Glace Bay for 34 years. She enjoyed her hobbies of reading, knitting and crocheting until the last few years when vision problems ended this for her. She loved music especially when it was played for her by her grandchildren and great grandchildren. Mom is survived by her children Lorna MacLeod, Beverley MacLeod, Robert (Margaret) MacLeod, Wilma Brock (Ian Foote) and Karen MacLeod. She is also survived by grandchildren Shauna (John) Archibald, Grant (Kim) MacLeod, Chris Cash and Jared Brock (Katy Jensen). Also surviving are great grandchildren Cameron and Miles Archibald and Madeline, Nathan and Ainsley MacLeod. Mom is also survived by her sisters Eunice (Clifford) Ward, Yvonne (Clarence) Harrington, Melvina Reed and brothers Joe Parsons and Frank (Mary) Parsons. Also surviving are sisters-in-law Ruth Reid and Lois MacLeod. Mom was predeceased by her husband of 64 years, John G. MacLeod and her son-in-law, Andrew Brock. She was also predeceased by sisters Thelma, Pearl, Audrey, Elsie, Agnes, Sophie and by her brother William. She was predeceased by brothers-in-law David, Neil, Robert, Alex, Donald and sisters-in-law Annie, Wibbie, Helen, Isabel and Jean. As per Mom’s request, there will be no visitation or funeral service. A family interment service will be held at a later date. On-line condolences may be made to the family at pattenfuneral.com. Donations in Gladys’ memory to either Glace Bay Hospital Foundation or to a charity of one’s choice would be greatly appreciated. The family would like to thank the staff of third east at Glace Bay Hospital for their care and attention to Mom during her short stay there. Also sincere thanks go to Mom’s longtime GP, Dr. David Ley for his concern and care over the years. Also our appreciation goes to the staff at Harbourstone, Fisherman’s Cove Unit, where she resided the past six months for their excellent and kind care of our mother.


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Mrs. Gladys Macleod

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Elizabeth MacInnis

January 15, 2020

So sorry to hear of your Mom's passing, Bev. Thinking of you at this difficult time.

Elizabeth MacInnis

Michael Lewis

January 13, 2020

I just want to extend my Condolences. Gladys was my Grandmother's sister (Agnes). My mom (Carol Portsmith) would call Aunt Gladys all the time and wished deeply to visit her. R.I.P Aunt Gladys. Also for all my family members whom visit this page to pay their respects I would like to extend my love to you and your families.

Carolann Newman (Reid)

January 13, 2020

So sorry to hear she passed. I knew she had been ill. I enjoyed visits in my younger years to Cape Breton. Life takes different twists and turns and I havn't been back for quite awhile. I remember her kindness and Uncle Johnie stories of when I was small. I remember thinking always after visiting her home...wow.. how does she keep it so beautiful and shiny even in her senior years? Definitely house proud. I remember her as an attentive good listener, strong lady and kind. Sad to hear this strong tough lady had lost a good fight. we've lost a piece of history. Wishing I could have seen her this summer on a tentative trip. Here is hoping in the afterlife she is holding hands with those who have gone before, expressly Uncle Johnie, sorry for your loss. Fondly remembering your parents and proud to call them Aunt and Uncle, Carolann Newman(Reid), Peterborough, Ontario

Joan Richardson

January 13, 2020

Sincere sympathy in the passing of your mother.You are in my thoughts and prayers. Joan

Melva Reid

January 12, 2020

Bev and family...sending you my condolences on the passing of your Mother and wishing you the comfort of many happy memories.

Ross & Carolyn Richards

January 12, 2020

Bev, sorry to hear of the loss of your mother. Our thoughts and prayers are with are with you and your family. We enjoyed our visit her,she was a special lady. Ross & Carolyn.

Bonnie Burke

January 11, 2020

Lorna,Bev, Bobby,Wilma and Karen sorry today to read of your mom’s passing,the obituary was a very accurate description of the lady I remember from our younger days.TheWater Street days are long behind us but the memories live on.May you all find comfort in the fact that she had the opportunity to see all of her children grow into the people you have become and in enjoying the gift of becoming a grandmother and seeing their lives evolve,thinking of you all. Love Bonnie