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JA Snow Funeral Home

339 Lacewood Drive, Halifax, NS

OBITUARY

Charlotte Murray Jeffries

May 13, 1921July 3, 2019

Charlotte (Guy) Jeffries

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Charlotte Jeffries, aged 98, on July 3, 2019 at her home. Charlotte was the daughter of the late George V. and C. Jeanne (Murray) Guy. She was predeceased by her late husband Donald C. Jeffries, brothers Ross and Tom, step mother Loretta C. Guy and sisters-in-law Margaret, Ruth and Ann.

Charlotte was passionate about her garden, and the botanical delights in the home she lived in for over fifty years. Plants were second only to her passion for music. As an accomplished pianist and piano accordion player, she shared her gift for music and performance with thousands of folk in many lands. She performed on Halifax radio stations, enlivened countless social functions, and travelled Europe playing for allied troops during World War II. More recently, she would give her time and talents to “the old folk that needed cheering up” in a number of senior citizen establishments where her audience were often twenty years her junior. Her husband Don was a painter, and while Charlotte could hold her own with a pencil, she was known by many in Halifax as the Christmas window designer at Mills Brothers on Spring Garden Road and a buyer of contemporary fashions from Europe that would later be seen on the streets of Halifax. She had a rich and creative life balanced by health challenges that few would have borne as gracefully. Many have come to know her exceptionality through the book written about her life, and many will treasure their good fortune in meeting her personally.

Charlotte was fiercely independent and could often be found dragging a sofa and chairs around the house in order to “get my exercise and keep my surroundings fresh.” Charlotte was a woman of strength and sensitivity whose passing will trigger tears for many that will be dried only by realizing how much of a privilege it was to have known her.

Charlotte is survived by half brothers George E. Guy (Donna) and Roger W. Guy and nieces and nephews Peter, Julie, Stanton, Jean, David, John, Norma, Carolyn and Murray.

Special thanks to the doctors and nursing staff on 7.4 at the Halifax Infirmary and Dr. George Lee.

Also a heartfelt thanks to neighbours Renee and Nick Webb for being a significant part of Charlotte’s family for three decades.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to a charity of your choice.

A celebration of her life will be held for friends and family at her home on Purcells Cove Road on Saturday, July 13, 2019, from 2 to 5 PM

Services

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Dorothy Grant

July 11, 2019

I first met Charlotte in 1997 when she wrote to me hoping I could help her obtain some medical records from a doctor she had seen in England. At the time I was a consumer reporter with the CBC in Halifax and I was able to deal with the complex issue of doing this for her.
When I had the opportunity to meet her - in person- and learned about the challenging issues she had addressed in her life, I decided I would write a book about her! But much more important, she became a treasured friend who was inspiring and some one I truly grew to love very much!!!!

Frances Gregor

July 9, 2019

Getting to know Charlotte Jeffries was a highlight of my involvement in the project to honour the volunteer contribution of Halifax women during World War Two. She was generous in sharing her memories, photographs, dresses and uniforms to help those of us working on the project understand the time and commitment involved in 'volunteering'. She was a graceful, hospitable woman who, I think, was delighted to share with a younger generation her experience of living in a city on the edge of war. Her participation in the 2017 unveiling of the monument on the Halifax waterfront was a special moment of that occasion. My sympathies to her extended family. She will be missed.

Jim and Gillian Elliott

July 8, 2019

We will miss our visits with Aunt Charlotte for tea and to drop off her honey order.

Cathy and John Cowieson

July 8, 2019

Our mother, Irene Spence, knew Charlotte in their early years. My middle name is Charlotte, that is how special she was to my mother. My Mum was a dancer and Charlotte played the accordion/piano as they ventured to many places including Europe entertaining the soldiers after the war. We lived in Ontario so we didn't see Charlotte much but when we had the chance to visit her at her home, it was a place she allowed us to explore as kids, only to find many treasures, which she would insist that we could take back home. I still have a beautiful pendant that she happily gave me. I always admired her strength and independence. She will be missed by her all of her friends.

Gail Laskey

July 8, 2019

Growing up during the 40's in Halifax she was an important part of my life.

Sharon MacDonald

July 8, 2019

I and fellow members of the Halifax Women's History Society had the great pleasure to get to know Charlotte briefly through her participation in the the waterfront monument project (The Volunteers/Les Benevoles). She was one of the Second World War volunteers who helped to unveil the monument. However, our relationship began before the unveiling; Charlotte participated in various events during our fundraising years and even in her 90s was still a beautiful pianist who played at City Hall during the announcement of the monument design. Gracious and intelligent, Charlotte captured our hearts and we all feel we have lost a good friend. She lived a rich and productive life, sharing her talents with generosity and style. May she rest in peace.
Sharon MacDonald

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY