JA Snow Funeral Home

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Bertha Joyce Dougall

April 28, 1931June 23, 2020

Age 89, of Halifax, died on June 23, 2020 after a short illness. Born in Victoria Beach, Annapolis County, she was the daughter of Ralph and Mary (Wilson) Haynes (McGrath). She graduated as a Registered Nurse from the Saint John General Hospital and in her early career worked at several hospitals in Nova Scotia. She attended Dalhousie University graduating with a Public Health Diploma and worked 18 years as a Public Health Nurse, a job she loved, until her retirement.

She loved spending winters in Florida and summers at the cottage. She enjoyed gardening, reading, cryptograms and fitness classes which were often followed by coffee, conversation and laughter with much-loved friends. She was a dedicated Pittsburgh Penguins fan. As a young girl growing up in a small fishing community, at night she could see the lights of Digby from her bedroom window and always dreamed of travelling. Her dream came true many times over as she travelled with family and friends to almost every corner of the world.

Besides her parents, she was predeceased by her husband of 53 years, John (Jack) Alexander; son, David Andrew and grandchildren, Katherine Marie and John David. She is survived by her daughter, Heather Anne (Pierre) Benoit, Halifax and grandsons, Darrell Andrew, Toronto; Andrew Alexander and Robert John, both of Halifax. She was a member of Rockingham United Church.

The family sincerely thanks all the doctors, nurses and social worker at Hospice Halifax who were so wonderful in their care of Bertha. A family committal service has been held. Donations can be made to the David Andrew Dougall Memorial Bursary, Office of Advancement, Dalhousie University or online at giving.dal.ca/dougall or to Hospice Halifax.


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Bertha Joyce Dougall

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sean layden

June 29, 2020

Dear Heather,Jake,Pierre and family

Very sorry about your recent loss.

Please accept our sympathies.

Sincerely, Sean, Kara,Cash and Curran.

JoAnne Paw

June 27, 2020

Bertha was a delight to have known. I am so glad I had the doorstop visit with her a day after her birthday when we chatted and laughed. It was one of my most pleasant evenings during this 2020 pandemic. I am so glad our paths crossed. My heartfelt condolences to you, Heather, Pierre and family. It was lovely to meet both of you that evening, as well. Peace and comfort as you adjust to this significant change in your family life.
Warmly, Jo-Anne Paw