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Anne MacDonald

Anne Elizabeth MacDonald, a resident of Bailey’s Brook, Pictou County, Nova Scotia, was born on April 12, 1925, and peacefully passed away at the age of 98 at St Patrick’s Home in Ottawa, Ontario on July 25, 2023. She is survived by her four children, Patricia, Jane (Jeff Waterfall), Deborah (Jim McGee), and John, as well as her brother John (Margaret) from Mississauga. Anne was predeceased by her husband Ronald Vincent MacDonald in 2006, her sister Mary Margaret Butler in 2009, and her parents John Dan and Margaret MacDonald. She also leaves behind a loving extended family, including siblings and grandchildren.

Anne’s early education took place in a small, one-room rural school in Nova Scotia. After completing high school, she pursued secretarial studies at Mount Saint Bernard College in Antigonish, Nova Scotia. In 1949, Anne married Ron, and together they lived in Nova Scotia until Ron’s transfer to France with the R.C.A.F. from 1956-1960. Following Ron’s reassignment to Ottawa, Ontario, in 1961, Anne began her career at Defence Construction Limited, where she thrived and eventually held management positions in personnel before retiring. Throughout her life, Anne upheld a deep commitment to the Roman Catholic Church and actively participated in its services.

Anne’s upbringing in rural maritime Nova Scotia profoundly influenced her values and interests. Her love for politics and avid reading of newspapers were indicative of her keen interest in current affairs. Alongside her intellectual pursuits, Anne’s talents extended to arts and crafts, including sewing and knitting. Additionally, she enjoyed playing card games, with bridge being a favorite pastime that she shared with friends for many years. As a devoted mother, Anne delighted in hosting family gatherings, notably Sunday roast dinners followed by her delectable homemade pies.

Friends and family are invited to pay their respects at the Kelly Funeral Home – Carling Chapel on August 1, 2023, from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. A Funeral Mass will be held the following day at St Maurice Church in Ottawa, with interment to follow at Beechwood Cemetery. Charitable donations in memory of Anne may be made to the St. Patrick’s Home of Ottawa Foundation. Fond memories and condolences can be shared at the following website: http://www.arbormemorial.ca/en/kelly-carling.

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