December 4, 1924 – December 5, 2013
Wallace, Doris – 89, Halifax, passed away December 5, 2013 at the Halifax Infirmary, QEII. Born in Waterville, Kings Country, Nova Scotia in 1924. She was a daughter of the late Edouard LeBlanc and Marie (Melanson) LeBlanc. When Doris was five years old, the LeBlancs moved from Little Brooks to Berwick, where they were the only francophone family. In 1942, she met Thomas Wallace, a Scottish member of the Royal Air Force stationed at nearby Greenwood Air Force Base. They married in 1943 and had their first child in 1944. In the final years of the Battle of the Atlantic, 19 year old Doris made the crossing to Britain in a convoy with her ten-month baby in tow. Doris and Thomas lived in Beith, Ayrshire, Scotland for the next eleven years, welcoming their second child, a daughter. In 1956, the family moved back to Nova Scotia, landing in Pier 21 and giving Doris the unusual experience of returning to her native country as part of an immigrant family. They settled in the west end of Halifax, where Doris and Thomas would spend most of the rest of their lives. In 1962, Doris began working at Zellers in Bayer’s Road Shopping Centre, where she was a dedicated and invaluable employee for 27 years. She enjoyed a busy retirement and was heavily involved in her family’s endeavors – restaurants, many election campaigns and volunteering for the Special Olympics, among other things. For the past 41 years, Doris lived in the home of her daughter’s family and was a very big party of their daily lives. Doris embodied the grandmotherly virtues – she was a kind and gentle-hearted woman who never had a cross word for anyone. Typically soft-spoken, she surprised many with her wry sense of humour. Doris and Thomas were married for 65 years (until his death). She is survived by her daughter, Mary Ann Crowley (Paul); grandchildren, Thomas Wallace (Lisa), Lorraine Doridam (Jean-Luc), William Wallace (Nicole), Jason Crowley, and Trevor Crowley (Kim); great-grandchildren Nicholas, Alexander, Kathryn, and Kathleen; sister, Rhona Piccott and brother, George LeBlanc. She was predeceased by son Thomas; sisters, Marguerite Greenwood and Anita Staple; brother, Adolpe LeBlanc. She left an Indelible mark of love on her family, who cherished her. Visitation will be held Wednesday evening, December 11, from 7-9, Thursday, December 12, from 2-4 pm at J. A. Snow Funeral Home, 339 Lacewood Drive, Halifax (455-0531). The funeral will be held in St. Agnes Church, Friday, December 13 at 10 am, Father John Williams officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Special Olympics Halifax, or the charity of choice. Online condolences may be made by visiting www.jasnowfuneralhome.com.
- Visitation Wednesday, December 11, 2013
- Visitation Thursday, December 12, 2013
- Funeral Service Friday, December 13, 2013
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December 16, 2013
Mary Ann and family, on behalf of the Special Olympics Nova Scotia board of directors, please allow me to extend our deepest sympathies on the loss of your dear mother and grandmother. She has made such a wonderful impact and is obviously deeply loved. May your wonderful memories of her help you through this difficult time.
December 12, 2013
Mary Ann, Paul, and family We are thinking of you as you say goodbye to a lovely mother and grandmother. We loved meeting Doris and can appreciate how much she will be missed by her family and all who were touched by her life. With sincere sympathies, Sheila and Sandy Clark
December 11, 2013
MaryAnn & Family:Your Mother trained me at Zellers many years ago. I loved her gentle ways and her manner. Take care.Sharon L Martin(New Glasgow NS)
December 10, 2013
Dear MaryAnn, Paul & Family,
On behalf of Doug, Anne, Elizabeth & myself we send you our love. I hope it gives you comfort knowing there are 3 Guardian Angels in Heaven looking out for you all. God Bless, Suzanne