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Inverness Funeral Home

45 MacIsaac Street, Inverness, NS

OBITUARY

ANNIE MAE MACDONELL

Passed away on January 9, 2020

Obituary – Annie Mae MacDonell, Port Hood On January 9, 2020, before unexpectedly passing to her home in Heaven, Annie Mae spent her final day living her life to the fullest surrounded by those who cared for her. Born at home in Mabou on September 24, 1931, Annie Mae was the third child of Malcolm (Finlay R) and Cassie (Sandy Finlay) MacDonald. Annie Mae is survived by her daughter, Donna and son-in-law Stephen Doiron; sisters, Catherine (Alex deceased), Christena (Chris), Jenny (Jack); brothers, Pat (Marie), Leo (Cassie), and Herbie (Gina); special step-grandchildren, Jillian (Roy), Meghan (Wilker), Jonathan, Danielle, and Caitlin (Alex); grandchildren “by heart” Garreth and Emily; her “children by heart” Debbie, Stella and Gerard; and many nieces and nephews, all of whom she loved dearly and always kept close in her heart. Besides her parents, she is predeceased her husband, Donald Francis (2007); brothers, Finlay, Allister, sister, Betty, and her two angels in childbirth. In her early life Mom worked for the Post Offices in Mabou and Port Hood, the Registry of Deeds, and at the end of her career, with Royal Bank, in Port Hood, at which time she developed Rheumatoid Arthritis at age of 46. Although RA did its best to define Mom’s life from that time forward – she never let it happen. Her motto was always “where there’s a will, there’s a way” and she lived by it every day of her life. Mom’s greatest love (second perhaps only to tea and a good plate of sweets) was her family, who were always in her thoughts and prayers. A truly social being, having friends and family, music and dance in her home was her joy and pleasure. Visitors were always greeted with a warm welcome and a smile on her face. Mom was a woman of great faith and devotion to the blessed Mother and the rosary. She was a woman of peace and always saw the good in people. Her bible and rosary beads were never out of her reach. Her faith sustained her to the end and carried her to be forever again with Dad and family members who have gone before her. Visitation will take place in Port Hood and Area Resting Place on Tuesday, January 14th from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Funeral Mass will be in St Peter’s Parish Church at 11a.m., Wednesday, January 15, with Fr Eugene Morris officiating. Burial to take place at a later time. Funeral services under the direction of Inverness Funeral Home. Those wishing to donate in Mom’s memory can do so to the Arthritis Society of NS, The Alzheimer’s Society NS or Inverary Manor. Special thanks to the wonderful team at Harbour Lites Villa, Inverary Manor who brought love, compassion and friendship to Mom’s life each day including on her last beautiful day with them. My lifelong mentor, my inspiration, my rock, my best friend – my Mom. Forever loved. Online condolences may be made to: www.invernessfuneralhome.com

  • FAMILY

  • Cassie (MacDonald) MacDonald, Mother (deceased)
  • Malcolm MacDonald, Father (deceased)
  • Donald Francis MACDONELL, Husband (deceased)
  • Donna Doiron (Stephen), Daughter
  • She is also survived by her sisters, Catherine (Alex deceased), Christena (Chris), Jenny (Jack); brothers, Pat (Marie), Leo (Cassie), and Herbie (Gina); special step-grandchildren Jillian (Roy), Meghan (Wilker), Jonathan, Danielle, and Caitlin (Alex); grandchildren “by heart” Garreth and Emily; her “children by heart” Debbie, Stella and Gerard; and many nieces and nephews, all of whom she loved dearly and always kept close in her heart. Besides her parents, she is predeceased her husband, Donald Francis (2007), brothers, Finlay, Allister, sister, Betty, and her two angels in childbirth.
  • DONATIONS

  • Inverary Manor
  • Arthritis Society of Nova Scotia

Services

  • Visitation Tuesday, January 14, 2020
  • Visitation Tuesday, January 14, 2020
  • Funeral Mass Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Memories

ANNIE MAE MACDONELL

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Laverne Lewis

January 15, 2020

I was recently sharing with my partner, my Annie Mae stories from when I lived in Port Hood as a child so I was very saddened to hear of her passing. I had adopted Annie Mae as my second Mom whether she wanted it or not. I must have driven her absolutely crazy at times but each and every day I showed up to visit and hang out with her, she was patient and kind and loving. She truly was such an important influence and role model to me as a child.

My deepest condolences Donna and family on your loss.
Annie Mae was such a wonderful soul who will never be forgotten. I will always cherish my fond memories of her.

RIP Annie Mae

Fran Payne

January 14, 2020

Wonderful memories of Annie Mae, growing up in Mabou and spending a lot of time at the Macdonald house on back street. Annie Mae was like a big sister: great sense of humour, great dancer, great sense of style and always full of good advice. I will miss her. Please accept my condolences.

Jacalyn Leeco

January 13, 2020

Donna and Stephen ,
Sorry to hear of your Mom’s passing. She was a lovely woman, always so friendly. I have great memories of her at the bank with Dad and recently visiting her with Mom at the Manor .
Jacalyn (Hatfield) Leeco and Family

Kathleen & Gus MacDonald

January 13, 2020

Dear Donna, Stephen & Family,

So sorry to learn of Annie Mae’s passing. Our deepest sympathy. Annie Mae was a loving gracious lady with the “best” laugh. She was so kind to us when we were growing up and always had a genuine interest in the neighborhood kids.

May she Rest In Peace

Blaise and Teresa Moran

January 12, 2020

We grew up admiring a very lovely couple , Donald Francis and Annie Mae among others, including our parents . There was never a negative thing spoken about anyone in the community and we are sure that was the case in your home Donna.
So sorry for your loss Donna and Stephen...
Blaise and Teresa Moran

Sarah MacDonald

January 12, 2020

Donna, Stephen & family, I am sorry for your loss. Rest in peace Annie Mae. I'll miss seeing you in Harbourlights.

Donna Moran

January 12, 2020

My sincere condolences Donna, your Mom was a such a wonderful lady
May she RIP xoxo

Edith Mac Lellan

January 12, 2020

So very sorry for your loss Donna and all the family our thoughts and prayers are with you all RIP

Charlotte Beaton

January 12, 2020

To Donna @Steven and family So sorry to hear about your Mom Annie Mae .My thoughts and prayers are with you today . Every time I seen her it did not matter where she always had a big hello . She was a wonderful person. ❤️

Fay Cranidge

January 12, 2020

So sorry for your loss Donna and family. She was a lovely lady , with a great sense of humour. I always enjoyed visits with her when I was home on vacations . May she Rest In Peace .

FROM THE FAMILY