70, Port Caledonia / Sydney

It is with great sadness that we, the family announce the passing of our mother, Mary Atkinson, on Friday, February 26, 2009, at Cape Breton Regional Hospital, surrounded by her loving family after a brief illness.

Born in Sydney, June 27, 1938, Mary was the daughter of the late William and Mary Evelyn (Brophy) Ayre.

Mary was a member of the St. Luke Anglican Church, Port Caledonia. Although Mary was a private and reserve lady, she greatly enjoyed cooking and baking for family and friends. Mary enjoyed walking and visiting friends for a hot cup of tea. She had a profound appreciation for the country and the ocean.  She will be sadly missed by her family and all that had the pleasure of knowing her.

Surviving are her daughter, Nancy (Brian), Alberta; a son, Alan (Theresa), Alberta; a sister, Catherine (John); two brothers, Allan (Ann) and Alphonse (Carol); two sister-in-laws, Christine and Geraldine. She is also survived by five grandchildren, Sean, Carissa, Tina, Jordan, Adam and three great grandchildren, Jeremiah, Aeden and Gabby.

Besides her parents, Mary was predeceased by her husband, Robert (Skippy) Atkinson; two sons, Shawn and David; brother, Bill and a granddaughter, Tabitha.

Visitation for the late Mary Ellen Atkinson will be held at Pier Community Funeral Home, Whitney Pier, 1092 Victoria Road (entrance on Church Street) on Sunday Mar. 1 from 6-9 p.m. A celebration of Mary’s life will be held at St. Luke Anglican Church in Port Caledonia on Monday Mar. 2 at 11 a.m. with Rev. Vernon W. Reid officiating. Interment will take place in the parish cemetery.

Special thanks are extended to the Palliative Care and to all those who provided exceptional care during Mary’s illness.

Donations in Mary’s memory may be made to the Palliative Care or Canadian Cancer Society.

Funeral arrangements are entrusted to the care and direction of Pier Community Funeral Home.

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