Verna Mary Munroe

July 9, 1934August 20, 2013

Munroe, Verna Mary - Died peacefully at home on August 20, 2013. Born in Windsor, N.S. on July 9, 1934, Verna was the daughter of the late George and Marion (Northup) Wellwood. She is pre-deceased by her husband the Very Reverend J. Austin Munroe and brother Earl Wellwood and survived by her daughter Cathy and son-in-law Serge Choquette, son Craig and daughter-in-law Liz Hanlon; grandchildren Samantha and Alexa, step grandchildren Stephanie, Marylaine, Lauren and Riley; great grandchildren Jason and Sarah; as well as her sister-in-law Annabelle Wellwood. Verna grew up in Rawdon Gold Mines, N.S., studied at the N.S Normal College and worked as a teacher as a young adult. She met Austin Munroe when he was a newly ordained Anglican Minister serving in the parish of Rawdon and they married in 1955. During their married life they lived in the parishes of Rawdon, Ayleford-Berwick, Wolfville, Lunenburg, and Halifax where Austin was Dean at All Saints Cathedral for 17 years and where they spent their retirement years. Throughout her life Verna was an active contributor to the community and to the church. She will be remembered as a true partner with Austin in the church ministry, as a wonderful mother and grandmother, as a friend to many and for her tireless efforts on behalf of the many charities that she supported over the years. Of particular note in her later years was her work on behalf of the Phoenix Youth Programs, APSEA, the Meals on Wheels Program and the Interfaith Council. Verna's heart and home were open to everyone and her house was a second home to youth wherever she lived. The family will receive visitors at the Cathedral Church of All Saints at 1330 Martello St. (formally Tower Rd.) Sunday August 25 from 4 - 7 pm. A celebration of Verna’s life will be held on Monday August 26 at 11 am in the Cathedral Church of All Saints at followed by an interment in the Cathedral Columbarium and reception in The Great Hall. The family would like to express their appreciation to the many individuals who provided medical and other care over the past number of years, in particular to the many VON and home support caregivers whose compassion and devotion was truly evident. Donations may be made to the Phoenix Youth Programs at 6035 Coburg Rd, PO Box 60006 RPO Prof CTr., Halifax N.S B3H 4R7; the ALS Society of Nova Scotia; the VON; or to any church or other charitable organization. For on-line condolences to the family please visit


  • Visitation Sunday, August 25, 2013
  • Memorial Service Monday, August 26, 2013

Verna Mary Munroe

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jim grandy

July 30, 2014

Hi Cathy and Craig, so very sorry for your loss, I am so sorry that its taken so long to get a note to you , but I just found out today, almost a year later . as you know your mom and dad were a big part of my life growing up in lunenburg, they were two of the sweetest people I ever had the pleasure to meet, there is not a day that goes by that I dont think about them with very fine memories, they were always there for any one of us no matter what the circumstance, I will never forget them they will be truly missed . Jim Grandy

Victor Ernst

January 22, 2014

My belated heartfelt condolences to the Munroe family on the passing of Mrs. Munroe (Verna). I have many fond memories of the Munroe family during the late '60s and 1970s while I was a resident of Lunenburg and a member of St. John's Anglican. Victor Ernst (Toronto).

January 12, 2014

With deepest sympathy to all the family. She was a great lady to know and
always to speak with at any time. She and Dean Munroe were wonderful
people to all.

Selma Vineberg
Halifax, Nova Scotia

Heather Thistle

November 24, 2013

Verna was a dental patient of ours and I just recently found out of her passing. She was such a lovely woman and always a treat to see......she always had a smile on her face and I loved sharing stories of life with her. I even visited her at home! I am sorry that I didn't know she had passed on - I would have attended her celebration of life because she truly was a person to be celebrated.

Christena Copeland

September 4, 2013

The absolute best person in the world. What a joy to have known her. My life is that much better for it.

Alice Leverman

August 29, 2013

Cathy, Craig and families
I was heartbroken to hear of your mom's passing and more heartbroken that I did not get to her service.I am so so sorry.What an incredible legacy of love, warmth, caring and compassion she has left on this earth.She and your Dad had a huge influence on my life beginning at Acadia-what fun we had in those days---Her incredible sense of humor, spirit and humanity will remain with me forever.Love and prayers to all of you during this very sad time.Allie Leverman

August 28, 2013

She was so special to me. A sister that i never had.Will always be missed.

Graham Murphy

August 28, 2013

Cathy & Craig
I want to again express my condolences on the loss of your mom. Since their time in Wolfville I have many fond memories of friendship, counsel and kindness when we spent so many weeks at the VG hospital in 1988. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her.

Marlene Jackson

August 27, 2013

Dear Cathy, Craig and Families,

My sincerest sympathy on the loss of a very special lady. Back in the 50s Austin was the rector in Auburn when my husband Bob was the United Church minister in Aylesford. Verna and Austin were our very close friends for the time we lived in Auburn. I have kept in touch by mail over the years and recently by e mail with Verna. Verna was a very special friend, a loving, caring and wonderful individual. I want you to know that I am very sad to have read of her passing, but know her last few years were very difficult.

I am thinking of you and send my deepest sympathy.

Marlene Jackson

Peter and Carmen Mason

August 26, 2013

Dear Cathy, Craig and sad we are to hear of your Mum's recent death. She was such a great lady and a wonderful friend to us beginning when we came to NS in 1980. We enjoyed many Sunday evenings either at the deanery or at our home in Clayton Park, with both your folks, lots of laughter and a busy day well over. Later visits always took up just where we had left off even as recently as last fall. Even laboring under difficulties your Mum had a lovely smile and we had another good visit. May your good memories comfort all of you as well as knowing that we are thinking of you at this time