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Carmita Bernice Fetterly

December 23, 1922January 16, 2021
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Carmita Bernice Fetterly

Age 98, passed away peacefully on Jan 16. Born in Lakeville, N.S. on Dec. 23, 1922 and raised in Kentville, she was the daughter of the late Dora and C.B. Robinson. Carmita graduated from Acadia University with a Diploma in Secretarial Sciences in 1942, a B.A. in 1943, and an M.A. (Economics) in 1947. She held a variety of secretarial jobs across Canada in the ensuing years, including working at the Aluminum Co. of Canada (Montreal), Acadia University (secretary to the President), Banff Springs Hotel, St Andrews Hotel (NB), Dominion Stores (Halifax), Naval Research Establishment (Dartmouth).

After her marriage in 1953 to Ivan Davison, Carmita settled down to family life in Halifax, raising 2 daughters. She pursued her love of handiwork including knitting, crocheting, sewing, needlepoint, petit-pointe, smocking, quilting, rug hooking, and annual Christmas crafts, many of which continue to be family treasures. Carmita also became involved in the life of her church, Edgewood United (now Hope Unit-ed), notably as an active member of the “Daffodil” unit of the United Church Women. Once the children were grown, she returned to secretarial work, again in a variety of capacities, including working for the Dalhousie University Chaplains, an engineering office, and finally as the office manager for Unicef in Halifax. After Ivan’s death in 1982, Carmita married Warren Fetterly in 1985 and together they enjoyed golf at Ashburn and Chester, travelling, cottaging in Chester Basin, and winters in Florida and Arizona, making friends wherever they went.

Carmita had a tremendous sense of curiosity and adventure, willing and able to try new things throughout her life. In her younger days she was an adept skater and later became an avid bowler, often winning Halifax’s Sunset Bowling League’s annual award for women’s high average. Happier in the garden than in the kitchen, always with a project on the go, she was an amazing independent-minded role model for her children and grandchildren. Carmita treasured her family and friends above all else and enjoyed many special life-long friendships. She leaves an inspiring legacy of humility, loyalty, and a life well-lived.

Carmita was predeceased by her first husband of 29 years, J. Ivan Davison, in 1982, and her second husband of 33 years, Warren E. Fetterly, in 2018, as well as her one sibling, I. Maxwell Robinson, in December 2017. She is lovingly remembered by her daughters, Anne Tipler (Grant) of Chester Basin and Joan Davison Atkinson (Brooks) of Halifax, as well as 5 grandchildren: Kelly Tipler, Mississauga, ON; Allison Tipler (Dave Mason), Milton, ON; Andrew Conrod (Yen Tran),Toronto, ON; Meredith Conrod (Mark LeDain), Calgary, AB; and Daniel Conrod (Katrina MacRae), Halifax; and two great-grandchildren: Henry Conrod, Toronto and Alexander LeDain, Calgary.

Our heartfelt thanks go to the incredible, caring staff at Parkland at the Gardens, and also to the wonderful Ariane Carandang. A private service will be held and live-streamed from J A Snow Funeral Home, Lacewood Dr, Halifax, on Thursday Jan 21 at 10am. To view live stream link visit: Family flowers only. Donations in Carmita’s memory can be made to CNIB, the Arthritis Society, or a charity of your choice. To place an online condolence please visit:


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Jean Ashworth-Bartle

January 22, 2021

I never knew Carmita Fetterly, and I don't remember if I ever met her, but I do know her two wonderful grandchildren who sang with me in the Toronto Children's Chorus for many years, Kelly and Alison, and of course K. and A.'s parents, Anne and Grant Tipler. What a remarkable grandmother...what a distinguished and productive long life! Amazing!
No doubt, she will be as productive in heaven, as she was on earth.
My deepest condolences to her family at this time of bereavement.

Hugh Davison

January 21, 2021

Anne and Joan and families, I am so sorry to learn of Carmita's death. I remember her living on South Street around the corner from my childhood home and my wife Tish Manuge remembers her very well as she lived across the hall from Warren and Carmita in Parkhill Terrace.

Your have my deepest sympathy
Hugh and Tish

Robert Fetterly

January 20, 2021

Our sincere condolences. Aunt Carm was certainly a very caring compassionate, and accomplished lady. I know you will draw comfort from her life well lived and will have a treasure of memories to guide you in the times ahead. Rob & Teresa Fetterly

Stuart Davison

January 19, 2021

Kindest thoughts Anne, Joan and your families. I have fond memories as a little boy of your Mum and Dad visiting with my parents . They were very kind to me in those early years. Although extended families may grow apart those memories are always there.

Deepest sympathy

Stuart Davison
West Lahave

Ian Johnson

January 19, 2021

Carm’s warmth and friendliness will long be remembered. She had a distinguished work and family career. She was well-regarded and certainly be missed. Our sincere condolences, Ian Johnson and Olga Milosevich

Mary Ann Castaneda

January 18, 2021

My deepest and sincere condolences to Carmita’s family . I will miss Carmita’s sweetest hello when she was at Parkland. Rest In Peace Carmita.

Betty Ginger

January 18, 2021

Ann. Our loved one may be gone physically but when we remember them, they are still with us, not the way we would want, but they are still with us.
Love never dies. It keeps our loved ones close to us forever tied with a beatiful ribbon of beautiful memories. Let there be stories, Let there be celebrations of a life well-lived, Let there be tears, but always remember the happy memories of all you shared. No one can take these memories from you. Betty & Bernie. St. James United Church

Jean Cudmore

January 18, 2021

Anne, Joan and families.
Thinking of you at this sad time.
What great neighbours and friends. We did enjoy having your parents across the street for many years’!
My love and sympathy. Jean Cudmore

Sandi Clark

January 18, 2021

Dear Anne,Joan and family members,
I will remember your dear mom for the love and kindness she shared with me, especially during my university years. I will remember her smile,her positive demeanor,and her zest for life.So many lovely footprints she has left on my heart. Thinking of you all .❤️

Laurie and Georgina Naugler

January 18, 2021

Anne, Joan and family members.
Please accept our sincere and heartfelt condolences regarding the passing of your beloved mother.
We will remember her during the many years she was a faithful and active supportive member of Edgewood, Edgewood -Oxford and recently Hope United.
Our thoughts and Prayers are with you all at this difficult time.


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Carmita with Mary Corkum


Carmita and Her Father Charles