Patten Funeral Home

71 Union Street, Glace Bay, NS


Mary Edna Ervin

May 14, 1934August 8, 2020

It is with great sadness that our family announces the passing of Mary Edna Ervin of Port Morien on August 8th, 2020 at the age of 86 after several years of illness. Edna was born May 14th, 1934 in Glace Bay, NS. She was the eldest daughter of Stanley & Dorothy (Bown) Ervin. Paternal grandparents were Scott & Alexis (MacLeod) Ervin and maternal grandparents were D’Arcy & Mary (MacAuley) Bown. As a child growing up in Port Morien, Edna attended the Gowrie School and later graduated from Morrison High School in Glace Bay in 1952. She went on to continue her education at the Royal Victoria Hospital “The Royal Vic” in Montreal where she graduated with her diploma in X-Ray Technology. Given her age at the time she received her diploma she was not eligible to receive a license, however, she was able to continue to work at the Royal Vic in the Radiology Department until she reached the age of 21 and received her License on her 21st birthday. Edna remained in Montreal until 1957 before accepting a position at Queen’s General Hospital in Liverpool, NS where she worked for the remainder of her career in both the X-Ray and Radiation Therapy Departments where she was on call 24/7. Edna enjoyed her years living and working in Liverpool and made many lifelong friends.

After retiring, Edna remained in Liverpool for several years before returning to her childhood home in Port Morien where she lived with her sister Vida until her health began to deteriorate. For the last few years Edna resided at both Rideout House and Parkland in Sydney, NS.

Edna had a wonderful memory and, being the oldest grandchild in the Ervin family and having grown up in Port Morien, she was a fountain of knowledge and was able to share many stories with younger family members about their parents, grandparents and even great grandparents. She embraced technology and became quite proficient with her iPad and cell phone until just days before her passing. She enjoyed doing family research, finding things in the most obscure places and sharing her findings much to the delight of the family.

Edna was a member of St. John’s United Church in Port Morien, NS.

She was predeceased by her parents, Stanley & Dorothy Ervin, brother John Ervin and many aunts, uncles and cousins with whom she maintained close relationships with during her lifetime.

Edna is survived by her sister Vida Macdonald (Wayne dec.), brother Roger (Emily) Ervin and sister-in-law Anna Ervin. She is also survived by nieces and nephews Kevin Lee, Karen Watson (nee Ervin), Rod Macdonald, Valerie Ervin, Brian Ervin, Nancy Ervin and Janet Ervin, along with grandnieces & nephews and many, many cousins.

Edna cherished her many nieces and nephews as if they were her own children...all of them having received the benefits of her warm affection and generosity. She was a kind and peaceful lady with a clever sense of humour and a huge heart. She will be sorrowfully missed.

A graveside service will be held Friday, August 14, 2020 at 11o’clock in Black Brook Cemetery with Rev. Bob Biggar officiating. Words of comfort can be forwarded to the family at www.pattenfuneral.com

In lieu of flowers Edna has requested donations be made to the Queen’s General Hospital Foundation or charity of choice as Edna herself contributed to many charities and organizations during her lifetime.

In her last years, Edna received many blood transfusions donated by anonymous caring people. Please consider being a blood donor as it truly is a gift of life.


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Charlotte White

August 19, 2020

I would like to send my condolences to Edna's family especially her sister Vida and nephew Rob and his family. Edna talked of them often. Edna began at QGH in 1957 and I in 1958 so we shared many enjoyable years working together. I was also her chauffeur to many appointments in Halifax/Dartmouth over the years. After she left Liverpool I phoned her every year on her birthday. I am very sorry I was unable to make contact with her in May on her birthday although I tried to phone her. The last time I spoke with her was on May 13,2019 and she told me they had sold the family home and Vida had moved to a seniors complex. She was in very good spirits at that time and I will cherish that phone call.

Sr.Georgina MacInnis

August 14, 2020

My love, sympathy, and prayer go to Vida, Donald, and family in the loss of dear Mary Edna.
At Parkland C.B. she will be sadly missed. While she was at Parkland, we were well aware of her kindness and continued dedication to the sick and suffering. It was obvious she spent a lifetime mindful of the needs of others.
She will not be forgotten!
Sincerely, Sister Georgina

Ken and Paulette MacDougall

August 14, 2020

Please accept our sincere condolences on the passing of Edna.

Russ and Dawn Power

August 14, 2020

Please accept our sincere sympathy for the loss of Edna
May all your memories help you during this trying time

Dan and Donna MacRury

August 14, 2020

Dear Valerie and family,
Please accept our sincere condolences on the passing of your aunt.
Thinking of you.
Dan and Donna

Donald Mac Leod

August 13, 2020

To the Ervin family:

Please accept my sincere sympathy for the loss of Edna. She was a fine person and will be missed.

Donald Mac Leod

Lynn Lavender

August 13, 2020

To Edna’s Family,
I worked with Edna at Queens General Hospital...she was a great lady...she could find things wrong on X-rays most Doctors couldn’t.I went to visit her before she moved back to Cape Breton..so sorry for your loss...take care..Lynn

Lorna MacDonald

August 13, 2020

Dear Vida and family, So sorry to read of Edna's passing. She was always a friendly face whenever we met somewhere, and reading of your family brought back such lovely memories of your mom and dad. Take good care of yourself. Lorna, and Eleanor too.

Dr. David Large

August 13, 2020

So sorry to read about Edna's passing. For years she was the sole x-ray tech at Queens General in Liverpool. We learned as young family docs to respect Edna and carefully protect her off hours. That meant that the more minor stuff and easily diagnosed smaller fractures would be put on ice until 8:00am the next morning for the x-ray. She was easily one of the most experienced and competant technicians in Nova Scotia. All of her magic with the imaging machines was accepted and praised by radiologists. Trauma transfers to metro never had to have x-ray repeats as her quality was impeccable. Years passed before a second tech was hired giving Edna needed time off. We all missed her when she retired. She was the best! Rest peacefully my friend. Our condolences to the family.

Pat Burke

August 11, 2020

Our deepest condolences to the Ervin family on Edna's passing.
Pat and Vera Burke


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