Cruikshank’s Halifax Funeral Home

2666 Windsor Street, Halifax, NS


Ida Woo Shue

December 4, 1945August 7, 2019
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Ida Woo Shue (nee Jewell), 73, passed away at home on Tuesday, August 6, 2019. The daughter of Normintreal (Minty) and Charles (Ian) Paris, Ida was born in New Glasgow, Nova Scotia, but Halifax was where she made her home and raised her family.

Ida was a woman of many talents and held a variety of positions over her lifetime. She began as a hairdresser and would over time add crossing guard, personal careworker, and pharmacy technician to her list of titles. But the titles of which she was most proud were mother and grandmother.

Ida could often be seen walking or busing from point to point, sharing a friendly hello with those she met along the way. When people offered her a drive, she’d politely decline because what people saw as an inconvenience, she saw as an opportunity for exercise and to admire things along the way. Ida was known for her extensive network of friends and acquaintances. Anyone accompanying her on a walk or errand had to be prepared to stop several times for conversations with friends that she encountered along the way. They might be people she known growing up, former colleagues, or the grown-up versions of kids she’d gotten to know as a crossing guard.

Ida will also be remembered for her love of laughter and music. She had a mischievous streak and could be reduced to tears of laughter with yet another retelling of the old family stories. During a game of dominoes, both Ida and her opponents would often end up laughing as Ida’s competitive spirit inspired playful and wonderfully creative ways to cheat. Sunday afternoons were often spent listening to music from the Gaither Gospel Hour on YouTube and discussing cast members past and present. Spontaneous family singalongs were also a favourite way to pass the time.

Family was extremely important to Ida. When the family gathered, she’d ensure everyone was fed and she’d reflect on the good time being had and on the importance of being together. Achievements big and small earned her praise and the opportunity to see her chest lifted with her pride in you. Threats to her family brought out her protective side and woe betide anyone who hurt those she loved. Any time you expressed a need for comfort and encouragement, she would embrace you in a big hug. And when it was time to leave her house, she always walked you to the door, told you she loved you, and stood in the doorway for a final wave until you were out of view.

Ida’s life was also characterized by her deep faith and great love of God. Each day, she dedicated time to reading scripture, prayer, and listening to her favourite religious programs. When she sang hymns – especially the older hymns – she didn’t simply sing. She expressed her faith through the lyrics. Ida is survived by her daughters, Kelli, Teresa, and Felicia “Lisa” (Scott) Woo Shue; her brothers Charles (Joanne) Paris, Etobicoke, ON, and Dale (Sandy) Paris, New Glasgow, NS; and her beloved grandsons. She was predeceased by her parents; husband Arnold; and brother Reuben.

Visitation will take place on Monday, August 12 from 7-9 p.m. at Cruikshank’s Funeral Home, 2666 Windsor Street, Halifax. Funeral service will be held on Tuesday, August 13 at 11:00 a.m. at West End Baptist Church, Preston Street, Halifax, NS. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to West End Baptist Church or the Heart & Stroke Foundation.


  • Visitation Monday, August 12, 2019
  • Funeral Service Tuesday, August 13, 2019
  • Reception Tuesday, August 13, 2019


Ida Woo Shue

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Michael Boschat

August 16, 2019

I knew Ida from many years ago when she worked at MacKay's Pharmacy and even afterwords I would see her on the
street going to the store, we would shoot the breeze and kept in touch now and then till I moved. I would still would see her at
the store when I went there.

Ida always had some advice for me and was an extremely friendly and knowledgeable person to talk to.

She will be missed... by all who knew her... ad astra per aspera

Lynne Walsh

August 14, 2019

That was a very healing service in memory of Ida yesterday.
She loved William Prince's voice. To paraphrase his song to his father, "Eddie Boy":
Ida Girl, Let us take the wheel. You can sit back, you've earned your rest...
Thank you for a deep, connecting friendship over the years. It was a joy to discover that we so often shared an unconventional view on certain issues of our time.
You raised a strong family with your unwavering faith. Among many other gifts you were a wonderful model for how to be fully present, attentive, lovingly supportive.
And now Heaven has gained a beautiful soul.
Thank you, dear friend.

Helen Monk

August 14, 2019

I remember Ida very fondly when I use to work in the office at Home Instead Senior Care. She was always so sweet and smiling, a kind gentle soul. She will be missed by many I'm sure. RIP Ida

Mary Cooke

August 13, 2019

I am so sorry Millie & I were unable to get in. I am still in shock I didn't know Ida as long as Millie but she made me feel as if I was family. She was such a lovely lady. Millie use to tell me how she would fix her hair for her & always do such a wonderful job. I will miss our chats very much. God bless you all. You all have a very special angel watching out for you now!

Cheryl Harding

August 13, 2019

Ida was such a lovely, friendly person whom I'd run into in our neighborhood or on the bus periodically then chat a bit with. I certainly won't forget Ida, and wish all the best and God's Blessings to her daughters and grandsons.

Mary Duffy

August 13, 2019

Deepest condolences Kelli, Teresa and Lisa. When little, my daughter Amanda was a frequent visitor at your home and I loved coming to pick her up - your mom was always so lovely, kind, warm and welcoming. Amanda is so lucky to have spent time there with you and her. So very sorry for your loss.

Monica Skinner

August 12, 2019

My deepest condolences to the family. I did not know Ms. Woo Shue but used to see her on the bus. We would say hi to each other every time we seen one another. She would have a beautiful smile each time. May she RIP.

Let not your heart be troubled...…….

Tracey Jones-Grant

August 12, 2019

To Kelli and family - sending condolences on the passing of your mom. I know this is a very difficult time but her spirit will always be with you. You will always have your mom deep in your heart. Tracey (former library Diversity manager)

Michelle Bowden

August 12, 2019

Kelly, Teresa, Lisa and Dale,

Please accept my deepest condolences. It was always such a joy to run into your mom/sister around town. She would be so excited to see me she would literally burst into tears of joy, lol. She was always so kind and genuinely interested to catch up with me and know how my family was doing. She always shared the latest pictures of her grandchildren, fun holiday pics and visits with family and wanted to see the same from me.

The world has lost a kind soul. Her presence will be missed.

Michelle Bowden

Carol Meakin

August 12, 2019

From way back when Ida use to help me cross the street at Bayers and Connolly to our many conversations years later at Sobeys i will miss you.
She was just the best person. If you were having a bad day and saw Ida your face would light up.
RIP Ms. Ida.