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Jean M. Lawley

May 5, 1923July 5, 2020
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Jean Matheson Lawley

Born In: Little Narrows, Nova Scotia, Canada

Born: May 5th, 1923

Passed on: July 5th, 2020

Passed in: Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada

The family of Jean Matheson Lawley is heartbroken to announce the passing of our beloved mother, Jean, 97, of Halifax, Nova Scotia, who passed away on July 5, 2020 at the QEII-Victoria General in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Mom was born in Little Narrows, Cape Breton, on May 5, 1923, the daughter of the late John Edward Matheson and Alena (MacLean) Matheson.

Jean grew up in Little Narrows and often spoke fondly of her childhood on the farm, going for winter sleigh rides, and enjoying the beauty of nature. She graduated as a nurse from Glace Bay General Hospital School of Nursing in 1946. She worked at the Victoria General Hospital in Halifax, N.S., at the Veteran’s Hospital in Sainte-Ann-de-Bellevue, Quebec, and then returned to the Victoria General Hospital in Halifax, Nova Scotia. She worked for several years in her husband’s medical practice in Digby, Nova Scotia. The Heart and Stroke Foundation was one of many organizations she volunteered for over the years.

Jean is predeceased by her husband, Dr. Alan MacDonald Lawley and survived by her five children; Karen Lawley, Halifax, NS, Dr. Tom Lawley (Elaine Lawley) Fort McMurray, AB, Anne Wilband (Pat Wilband) Kingston, NS, Heather Boucher (Dr. Martin Boucher) Wolfeboro, NH, USA, and Alan Lawley (Pam Eye), Salt Spring Island, BC. Jean leaves to mourn her ten grandchildren: Kristin Ness, Liam Ness, Erin Lawley, Dr. Morgan Lawley, Mark Lawley, Kelsey Wilband, Dylan Wilband, Matthew Boucher, Alex Boucher, and Jacqueline Boucher, as well as favourite niece, Jeanette Grant, several other nieces and nephews and their families, and ‘associate’ daughter Christina Taylor. Jean was the last surviving member of her immediate family. Besides her parents, she was predeceased by brothers Norman, Malcolm, and Alexander, and sister Margaret (Peggy) Kerr.

Mom/Grammy had a wonderful sense of humour and brought joy and laughter into the lives of all who knew her. She maintained a positive attitude throughout her life often citing, in a calm voice, the expression “this too shall pass”. Mom/Grammy was an excellent cook and loved to bake; after school there was always homemade goodies waiting for her five children and any friends they brought along. Her brownies were the best ever! She made everyone who visited feel like family.

Mom enjoyed spending 45+ summers at “the cabin” and property in Aberdeen, Cape Breton, hosting family gatherings and sharing amazing stories of growing up in Little Narrows. Sleeping bags on the floor and tents erected outside for the overflow accommodated various combinations of children and grandchildren. Much laughter and good times will be remembered, and the tradition of the family cabin will continue in mom’s memory.

Mom was a member of the United Church Women and a cherished and active member of Fort Massey United Church for over 30 years.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Cruikshank’s Funeral Home, Halifax, N.S. Visitation will be Friday, July 10th, at Cruikshank’s Funeral Home from 5:00-7:00 p.m. Funeral service will be held Saturday, July 11th at 2:00 p.m. at Fort Massey United Church, Halifax, with Rev. Trent Cleveland-Thompson officiating. A celebration of life and burial in Little Narrows Presbyterian Church cemetery is planned for the fall.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Little Narrows Presbyterian Church, Little Narrows, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia.

Thank you to the QEII/VG Hospital staff, especially those in the Palliative Care Unit, for their care and support of Mom. Special mention to Dr. Liz Amos, nurses Andrea and Tara, and to the hospital chaplains for their comfort and support. Jean and her family greatly appreciated the music therapy provided by Joanne. The family would also like to thank everyone who has reached out to us during this difficult time.

Mom, you will be dearly missed but never forgotten.


No public services are scheduled at this time. Receive a notification when services are updated.


Jean M. Lawley

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Kathy (Pottier) Macdonald

July 18, 2020

Heather and Family..
I am so sorry to hear of your mom's passing. I love all the pictures posted of the family, its hard to believe how fast these years have passed! You and the entire family are in my thoughts. Love and Light x

Catherine Schella

July 14, 2020

Hi Karen and family. I was so saddened to read of your mother's death. She was a strong amazing woman . You will miss her greatly. What a blessing to have had your mom in your life so many years!
I would love to attend the Celebration of Life in the fall. If you think of it send me an email when you know the date.
Hugs to you, Catherine (MacDonald) Schella

David Riley

July 14, 2020

I remember your mother as a wonderful and kind person. She and my mom took painting classes together in Digby many years ago.
My deepest condolences to the Lawley family.

Ann Campbell-Shaver

July 13, 2020

Sending you, Tom, Anne, Heather and Alan my sincere condolences on the passing of your beautiful mother. I have such wonderful memories of time spent in your house in Inverness. Your mother was so kind and welcoming, often inviting me for dinner, after hours and hours of monopoly playing, and putting up with the many sleepovers....and always with a smile.

I enjoyed the video of photos and was happy to know she lived a long and happy life surrounded by her much-loved children and grandchildren.

May you draw strength from one another at this time and cherish all the wonderful memories you have of your mom.

Thinking of you,
Ann Campbell-Shaver

Sharon MacKenzie

July 12, 2020


My sincere condolences to you and your family .

Cyril Johnston

July 12, 2020

Our condolences to Heather and all the family. Andrea and I have wonderful memories of Mrs. Lawley. A wonderful, welcoming person

Cyril & Andrea Johnston

Brian Gillis

July 11, 2020

Sending my sincere condolences to all your family.I have great memories of the times at the cabin and just how kind your Mom was.

Heather Carter

July 11, 2020

I was so sorry to hear about Jeans passing. I will keep you all in my thoughts and prayers.

Ellen (MacInnis) McCarthy

July 11, 2020

So sorry to read about your mother's passing. Reading the obituary rekindled memories of your family's time in Inverness. She was so welcoming and kind to me, when I would be knocking at the door early in the morning to ask if you "Tommy" could come out to play. Many a picnic lunch your mom would make for us to share either under or up in a tree perch in the back yard. Sometimes included in our adventures were your siblings and mine, Madonna, and Trish. So many great memories!
Take care, Ellen (MacInnis) McCarthy, Dartmouth, NS.

Linda & David Walker

July 10, 2020

Anne: our thoughts & prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time.


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