72, Lower Washabuck
It is with saddened hearts that we announce the passing of our beloved mother, nanny, mumma, and Gi-Gi, Freda Marie (Bennett) MacDonald Cooke, on Sunday, July 20, 2014, at Victoria County Memorial Hospital, Baddeck, surrounded by her loving family.  

Born in Glace Bay, Freda was the daughter of the late William and Gertrude (Madore) Bennett.

Family was everything to Freda. She loved singing at karaokes and was a member of the Inspirational Singers, Breton Belles and Memory Lane. Freda enjoyed baking, bowling and most of all, spending time with grand and great-grandchildren. Freda was eagerly waiting the birth of her second great-granddaughter. She will be remembered by her family and friends for being compassionate and kind.

Freda leaves behind her loving children, Gaye (Tracy) Troke, Back Bay, N.B., Gayle (Peter Danaher) O’Connor, Bloomfield, N.B. and Glenda (Carlyle) MacNeil, Lower Washabuck, N.S., with whom she resided; grandchildren, Matthew, Brandon (Dianna), Andrew, Brittany (Rick), Sarabeth (Jarred), Shelbi (Mircea), Chelsey (Aaron), Devin, Mikayla and Cody; great-grandchildren, Olivia Faith and Elijah; twin sister, Fran (Doug); sisters, Debbie (Frank) and Julie; brothers, Ray (Bev) and Wayne (Phyllis); brother in-law, Frank (Joanne); sister in-law, Julieann; as well as several nieces and nephews.

Freda was predeceased by her two husbands, Gordon MacDonald and William Cooke; daughter, Darlene Howell; sister, Gertrude ‘Sis’; brothers, Nelson and Leo; brother in-law, Mark; nieces, Lora, Sharon and special friend, Earl Johnson.

Visitation for the late Freda Marie (Bennett) MacDonald Cooke will be held on Tuesday, July 22, 2014 at the Pier Community Funeral Home, Whitney Pier, 1092 Victoria Rd. (entrance on Church Street), from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Funeral service to celebrate the life of Freda will be held on Wednesday, July 23, 2014, at 11 a.m. in Pier Community Funeral Home, All Faith Chapel with Fr. Paul Murphy officiating. Light refreshments will be served in the reception area following the service. Interment will take place in Resurrection Cemetery, Sydney Forks.

In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Freda may be made to the Hospice Palliative Care Society or charity of your choice.

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

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Our thoughts and prayers to all our Cape Breton family…your faith and strong family ties will help you through this difficult time……I am so proud to be part of your family…….love you all…..Vicki & family

So sorry for your loss, Glenda & Carlyle, wish we were closer to see you.
From:  Donald A. & Mary MacEachern

Keeping Freda's family, especially Gayle, in our thoughts at this challenging time. May you draw comfort and support from family and friends in the coming days.
From:  Your friends at the Strand Restaurant

Girls I am so sorry for your loss, your mother was one of the loveliest women I have ever met. I met her through your late sister Darlene. She is now at rest with all the people she has lost. My prayers are with all of you at this time. R.I.P. Freda you will always be in my thoughts.
From:  Carol Dithurbide

I only meet Freda once at uc baby in Sydney, with my daughter, she was a very kind soul. RIP Freda .  

From:  Joanne Evans

In my thoughts and prayers!! Disbelief and shocked!! Her soul is at peace and with our Lord!! She is never gone; her spirit lives on forever!!
From:  Brian A. Boone
Gayle and Sarabeth, we are very sorry to hear of the loss of your mother and grandmother. 

From:  Luigia and Miranda

Brenda & Family, I am very sorry to learn of your Mom's passing. I will always remember her beautiful singing at karaoke at the Albert Bridge Fire Hall. I send sincere sympathy to you all on your great loss.
From:  Patrick McNeil