Lorna Katherine Mitchell
October 24, 1922 – August 27, 2019
Lorna Katherine Mitchell, age 96 of Halifax, passed away Tuesday, August 27th under the compassionate caring of Saint Vincent’s Nursing Home (3rd Floor) where she was a resident since June 2017, suffering from age-related dementia.
Daughter of the late Gar and Anna Bowser, her family moved the family to Kirkland Lake for CIL when Lorna was in her early school years and here she learned piano, singing and dancing.
Upon return to Halifax, she attended leMarchant St. School and then mount St. Vincent for her high school years. She led an active life- figure skated competitively with The Halifax Skate Club, participated in many ice dancing shows often as a lead performer, continued her love of piano and singing, and even went on to become an accomplished tap dancer. In those younger years, she sailed on the Arm, attended Mount St. Vincent, and worked at Northern Electric which is where she met Ralph. However, she ventured to Toronto to study voice/opera with Ernesto Vinci before returning to Halifax to marry the “love of her life” Ralph David Mitchell in 1947.
In her early married life Lorna taught piano and voice to many. Mom loved her family life which was well spent with Dad bringing up four children, enjoying the Todd’s Island cottage, then onto cruising the Neip II out of the Armdale Yacht Club.
In the mid-sixties/seventies, Lorna studied with artist John Cook and became an active member of the artistic community through Ten Mile House. She went on many painting expeditions throughout the city, country, and the studio, with her fellow artists with whom she had many lifelong friendships. After years of practice and study in many mediums she began to exhibit and then sell her paintings. An exhibit of her work at Mount saint Vincent was a highlight of her life as she was a proud graduate and had fond memories of her teachers there. Signing her work as L.K. Mitchell, she sold paintings from a number of area galleries and continued to paint throughout her life. Lorna was a vibrant, dynamic and talented individual who always kept busy with various art projects. She was an avid knitter/crocheter throughout her life and well into her nineties.
Lorna was predeceased by her husband Ralph; her former second husband Roy Bennett; her brother Garfield; and nephew Richard. She is survived by her sons, David (Pat Fenn), Randy (Ann Corbin), and Bruce (Pam Corbin – deceased), daughter Tara (Peter Cody); six grandchildren – Kristopher, Amanda, Kyle, Kate, Spencer, and Tierney; three great-grandchildren – Byron, Lorne, and Rowan; nephews Dara and Gary; niece Kari; as well as a grand-nephew and niece.
“You were always dancing in and out of view; I must have thought you would always be around…now you’re nowhere to be found…in the end there is one dance you do alone.” Mom, I know that Dad, the “love of your life”, will be there to take your hand for the next dance into the shadowlands. May our cherished memories f you never fade.
Arrangements entrusted to Cruikshank’s Funeral Home, Windsor St. Visitation to be held Friday, August 30th from 2-4pm. Private family interment at a later date. Family flowers only. Any donations in memory may be made to SPCA or the Alzheimer’s Society.
To read the full obituary or to leave an online condolence please visit www.cruikshankhalifaxfuneralhome.com
- Visitation Friday, August 30, 2019
Lorna Katherine Mitchell
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September 1, 2019
My loving condolences at the loss of your Mom. Lorna was what I would call a true “lady;” a truly accomplished lady.
I have lovely memories of visits at your place on Tupper Grove with your Mom and Dad and your beautiful, growing family, Tara and Peter.
You will come to know that a Mother’s love doesn’t die with her. She will be with you always. Much love ... Fran
August 30, 2019
Randy, sorry for the loss of your Mom. I can still recall being introduced to her at your home many, many years ago. And I forgot what an accomplished artist your Mom was. May your memories bring you comfort.
August 30, 2019
Tara, as the former co-owner of Shellyn Senior Care, I want to share with you and your brothers, my memories of your mother. She called our office and wanted to know , as part of the services we provided to seniors, if calling a client every morning at a designated time was something we would do. Your mother had no need of any of our other services; however, she wanted someone to check on her every morning to "make sure I am still alive. I don't want to die and only be discovered days later...that would be too terrible for my children". We agreed, and so began a regular morning call between 9 and 9:30 a.m.
As time went on, I learned so much about your mother and her incredible journeys in life....her artistic and athletic abilities; her sense of humour and her zest for life and living. It was my privilege to share those morning conversations with her.
We sold the business in 2010, and I can sincerely say that I missed those morning conversations with a woman who was so unique.
Sincere condolences to you and your family.
August 30, 2019
It is hard to Express a life time of experiences and memories of loving parents, however I am proud of the upbringing I received.
Mom was in a few words, Accomplished, Fearless, and Caring. She showed us that many things in life could be achieved if you just went out and tried, a great life gift.
Betty Lou Hemeon (Ring)
August 29, 2019
Ralph and Lorna were dear friends of my parents, Tib ( Percy) and Dot Ring.
Sending healing condolences .