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JA Snow Funeral Home

339 Lacewood Drive, Halifax, NS

OBITUARY

Catherine Turner

May 18, 1930July 24, 2020
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Catherine (Kay) Turner, 90, passed away peacefully with the love of her life at her side on July 24, 2020. She was born in Glace Bay, N.S. to Edith and Charles Burt. After graduating from Morrison High School in Glace Bay, she moved to Halifax and attended Halifax Children’s Hospital School of Nursing (class of 1951). Kay enjoyed a long career at the Halifax Children’s Hospital and the IWK.

She is survived by her devoted husband of 67 years, Roy Turner; children, Suzanne Turner, Cathy (Charles) Walls, and Andrew (Heather) Turner;; grandchildren, Matthew, Hilary, Jaclynn, Jeffrey and Benjamin; great grandchildren Madeline and Angus; sisters Ada (Clarence) Pinsent and Nancy (Lloyd) MacLeod, as well as many nieces, nephews, close friends and neighbours. She was predeceased by her parents, as well as brothers Charles and Murray Burt.

Kay was caring, compassionate, honest and kind. Her laugh was infectious, and her sense of humor was second to none. She enjoyed the simple things in life, especially spending time at the cottage, having large family dinners, making cookies, playing cards, bird watching, knitting, gardening and going for long walks. She always looked forward to attending the alumni events for the School of Nursing. She was a beloved wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, aunt, and friend. Kay will be truly missed by so many. Our family will be forever grateful to the staff, nurses and doctors at St. Vincent’s Nursing Home for the care they provided to our mother. They listened to her stories about nursing, told her jokes, held her hand, and kept her company when we weren’t able to. They did everything possible to make her comfortable, especially during her final days.

Visitation Friday, July 31st from 2 – 4pm at J. A. Snow Funeral Home, Halifax. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the IWK Foundation or St. Vincent’s Nursing Home Foundation (for resident's recreational programming).

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  • Visitation

    Friday, July 31, 2020

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LISA SAMPSON

July 31, 2020

Cathy, Charlie, Benjamin and family:
I am truly sorry to hear about your Mother (in law, Grandmother). Cathy, I recall her visits up to 6W to see you when she was working. She was such a quiet person. She would slip onto the unit, chat with you, smiling the whole time, chat with those of us working and as quick as she came, she would be gone off to do her work. Thinking of all of you at this difficult time and pray that great memories together help all of you through difficult times.

Lisa Sampson

Jamie Turner

July 30, 2020

Kay was the Aunt of my son in law Leon Pinsent but our paths crossed a long time beforeI knew Leon. We did our nursing refresher course in the early eighties together. In recent years I have enjoyed many Boxing Day celebrations with her family and extended families. Blessings to you all

Kayla MacRae

July 30, 2020

I had the pleasure of meeting Kay in her later years. I spent over 2 years visiting Kay twice a week to provide in-home physiotherapy services. I truly enjoyed our weekly chats. Kay became like a grandmother to me. I enjoyed hearing stories about her nursing days at the iwk/children's and her early days as a wife and mother. She was so, so proud of all 3 of her children and grandchildren and spoke of that at almost every visit. Kay was so kind hearted. I think my favorite story she shared was the "grape story" about how she met Roy at the children's hospital (he was working as an electrician and she caught him eating grapes from the patients kitchen while she was there preparing the meal trays for her patients).

I also had the pleasure of getting to know Roy over the last few years. The love he had for Kay is truly one of a kind. When I learned they had been married for 68 years, I had to ask what the secret to a long happy marriage was. He told me one thing that was the most important of all-support each other and never use name calling.

My heartfelt condolences go out to Roy, Cathy, Andrew, and Suzanne and their families at this difficult time. Kay will be missed by so many. I hope you are able to find comfort in the memories you've made and in knowing how proud Kay was with each of you. Sending prayers.

Kayla MacRae

Donna Gallivan

July 30, 2020

Cathy, Andrew, and Heather sending our sincere condolences to all of your family on your loss. Hoping all of your wonderful family memories will help you during this difficult time ❤️. Donna and Ted Gallivan

Chris Tribble

July 29, 2020

I am very sorry for your loss and I hope your family is able to find consolation in a life well lived.

Brenda Knox

July 29, 2020

Sending our deepest sympathy to the Turner family. Your family has lots of wonderful memories of Kay. We always enjoyed chatting with she and Roy when they came to the cottage on Molega Lake. God bless.

Sheila MacDonald

July 29, 2020

Dear Cathy and family,
My sincere condolences on Kay's passing. While I never worked with her on a day to day basis, I certainly remember her gentle way and that darling smile!

Flash Therrien

July 29, 2020

Sincere condolences to Roy, Cathy, Suzanne, Andrew and the entire family.

Glenn and Donna Currie

July 29, 2020

Andrew we were so sorry to hear about your mother's passing. Please know that you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. Glenn and Donna

Nancy Harlow

July 29, 2020

So sorry to hear this sad news. Loved her spirit , talks and laughs we had. She will never be forgotten she was so special. Know that I'm thinking of you all with love and hugs.

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