OBITUARY

Mary Ethel Frances Chisholm

December 3, 1951May 12, 2020

Mary Ethel Frances Chisholm, 68, of Port Hood, Nova Scotia, lost her courageous struggle with cancer on May 12, 2020. She was born to parents, Robbie MacKinnon and Bessie (MacMullin), on December 3, 1951 in Antigonish. She graduated from Judique-Creignish Consolidated School in 1969. She went on to study for a Bachelor of Arts and Education at St. Francis Xavier University and graduated in 1972. Ethel devoted 35 years to teaching children from Mabou to Creignish, first in Judique then in Port Hood. She retired from the Strait Regional School Board in 2008. She took great pleasure in her family, making many trips to various parts of the world, where her children would be living. She also enjoyed their visits at Christmas and in the summer. She took great pride in serving her parish, her community as a volunteer and as a Director of the East Coast Credit Union. She treasured time with friends, Celtic Music, travel and card playing. In 2017, she was honored with a volunteer of the year award for her work as Religious Education Coordinator. Ethel married Rod Chisholm in July, 1975 in Judique. Together they raised five children. Besides her husband, she is survived by her children, Cohen, Corrine, Stephanie (Declan), Jamieson(Marion) and Genevieve (Mike); cherished grandchildren, Valentina, Alex, Finn, Frank ,Mitchel, Nathan and Reed; sisters, Peggy (Sandy MacNeil), Malena (Drew MacSween), Karen (Paul Carrier); and many nieces and nephews. She was pre-deceased by Robbie and Bessie (parents) and Collena and Francis Campbell (sister and brother-in-law). We will be forever grateful to Lori Anne, Dr. Ritter, Dr. Saliba, Dr. Eagar, her home care nurses and nurses at Inverness Consolidated Memorial Hospital. Thanks to moms friends and neighbors for their frequent visits, cards of support and all the food and meals that were delivered. Special thanks to Father Eugene Morris and Father Vincent vanZutphen for their spiritual guidance. Funeral Mass will be held in St. Peter's Church, Port Hood on Wednesday August 12 at 11:00 a.m. Arrangements are under the care of the Inverness Funeral Home who has shown great compassion in our time of sorrow. Donations can made in memory of Mom to Central Inverness Palliative Care Society. Online condolences may be made to: www.invernessfuneralhome.com

  • FAMILY

  • Bessie (MacMullin) MacKinnon, Mother (deceased)
  • Robbie MacKinnon, Father (deceased)
  • Rod Chisholm, Husband
  • Besides her husband, she is survived by her children, Cohen, Corrine, Stephanie (Declan), Jamieson(Marion) and Genevieve (Mike), cherished grandchildren, Valentina, Alex, Finn, Frank ,Mitchel, Nathan and Reed; sisters, Peggy (Sandy MacNeil), Malena (Drew MacSween), Karen (Paul Carrier) and many nieces and nephews.
    She was pre-deceased by Robbie and Bessie (parents) and Collena and Francis Campbell (sister and brother-in-law).
  • DONATIONS

  • Central Inverness Palliative Society

Services

  • Funeral Mass

    Wednesday, August 12, 2020

Memories

Mary Ethel Frances Chisholm

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Claire MacNeil

August 13, 2020

Rod & Family,
Thoughts and prayers go out to all family members!
I had the pleasure of going to school with Ethel starting in Grade Seven. Robbie (her father) was the teacher. I remember many great experiences in his classroom. We both graduated from Grade Twelve and went on to St. FX University. We both were able to get teaching jobs. Eventually, in the nineties, we were teaching in the same school. In the past number of years, we were working on a provincial board together.
Ethel was very professional and thoughtful in what ever she endeavoured over the years (especially in her father's classroom).

Monica McCarthy

May 22, 2020

Dear Rod and Family, sincere condolences to all of you on the passing of Ethel. I got to meet Ethel during her time with the Board of Directors of the Credit Union. She was a very special lady and I so enjoyed our chats and getting to know her. I have you all in my thoughts and prayers at this difficult time. Rest In Peace Ethel. God bless!

Helen Ann Chisholm

May 19, 2020

My deepest condolences to Rod, Cohen, Corrine, Stephanie, Jamieson and Genevieve, and also to Ethel's sisters - Peggy, Malena and Karen. I wish I had the words to make this very difficult time easier for you. My love to each of you.

Wayne MacMillan

May 19, 2020

Although I was not surprised to see Ethel's obituary, given her long struggle with cancer, it was still very sad to lose such a lovely woman. I first met her when we sat on the St. Joseph's Parish Council; it was a pleasure to work with her. Of course, I have also had the pleasure to meet most members of her lovely family. I recall asking Ethel to dance the last time I saw her at a square dance in Brook Village but she did not have the vigor to dance with me (or at least that was the excuse she used. :)) It was a joy to see her come to the dance when it no doubt took all her strength but I know she greatly enjoyed watching everyone else dance. I extend my sympathy to all of her family. Wayne

Marilyn Nason

May 18, 2020

Rod, Cohen, Corrine,Stephanie, Jamison, Genevieve, Peggy, Malena and Karen,. I am so sorry to hear about Ethel. I have no words. We can be thankful she is no longer suffering, but that doesn't minimize the loss you are all feeling. So heartbreaking. We are thinking of all of you at this difficult time. Wish we could come ,but we can't even cross the boarder with this Covid around. Hold on to the beautiful memories you carry in your heart to get through these next few months...We love you .Sending hugs and prayers to all of you....Fly High Ethel ❤️.
All my love, Marilyn

Gerald & Barbara Sturdy

May 17, 2020

We met Ethel a few years ago at her sister's home in Enfield. We had such great laughs. We also went to Port Hood and stayed next door to she & Rod. What a time we had. Ethel was so generous to all of us. She will always be remember for all the conversations we had. A wonderful person who loved her family unconditionally. God Bless You Ethel. RIP. WE WILL ALWAYS REMEMBER YOU. OUR HEARTS AND PRAYERS ARE WITH ROD, CHILDREN AND ETHEL'S SISTERS. LOVE BARB & GERALD STURDY

Niall Doheny

May 17, 2020

We are very sad to hear of the passing of Stephanie’s mother Ethel. Our thoughts and prayers and with your family at this difficult time. Niall and Flo (Abu Dhabi).

Jean Mac Donald

May 16, 2020

Jake and I send our deepest sympathy to you Rod and to all the Chisholm and MacKinnon families
I taught many years at Judique Creignish school with Ethel She was terrific teacher......caring, competent, conscientious with a great sense of humour.
She always spoke about her family with such joy and pride. She leaves a wonderful legacy
You are in our thoughts and prayers
Jake and Jeannie

Mary Mac Donald

May 16, 2020

My dear friend Ethel,

I will miss not seeing you, but you will always be in my heart, thoughts and prayers. You are a great person and I cherish our time we had together.

To the family,
Take care of each other.
Keep her spirit alive.

Love Mary XO

Marina MacEachern

May 16, 2020

Rod & Family, Peggy, Malena, Karen & Families,
I was deeply saddened to hear of Ethel’s passing. She was always the same in all the years I knew her, first through my friendship with Collena, as a teacher to my son, and then as a colleague at Bayview. Always calm, kind, ready for a good laugh, and such a capable and compassionate teacher. She faced her illness with such courage and faith. My deepest sympathy.
Marina MacEachern

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