It is with a heavy heart and a profound sadness we announce the peaceful passing of Mary Madeline (Bigney) Bolton on Wednesday, July 24, 2019 at the Halifax Infirmary. Beloved wife, mother, nanny, G.G. (Great Grandmother), sister and friend.
Born in Pictou County on September 18, 1936, Mary was the daughter of the late Agnes and Jacob Bigney. She lived in several communities in her early life and eventually she settled in the Ashby area of Sydney until her unexpected passing.
Left to mourn her passing are her husband, David; children, Sandy (Connie), AB, Charles (Pearl), BC, Darrell (Kay), NL, Shauna (Colin), Greenwood and Judy, Sydney; 13 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; sister, Allie (Butch), NB; brother, Earl, NB; sister, Linda (Lee), Margaree; brother, Roy (Vi), Sydney, and her very dear friend, Marion, Sydney.
Besides her parents, Mary was predeceased by her brother, Douglas; her first husband, Barney and a very special woman in her life, Nanny Vi.
Mary truly loved her family and her close friends. She also cherished her grandchildren and her great-grandchildren. Mary had several passions in life including a profound love for cats, tarabish, baking (especially bread and sweets) and the works of Maude Lewis.
Mary was well known in her neighbourhood as the “Cat Lady” for regularly feeding, care for and at times adopting stray cats. She was also loved and appreciated by her “card friends” as she was always an excellent host and card games at Mary’s were made complete by her freshly baked treats.
Mary will be dearly missed by her family, her friends, her “card friends” and especially those tarabish players who knew her “tell” (the twinkle in her eye and her little corner mouth grin) when she caught a “twenty with the bells.”
Mary’s family would like to thank the various health care providers who supported her over her life including Dr. Gracie, the healthcare staff at CBRH and the healthcare staff in the CCU (unit 6.4) at the Halifax Infirmary who provided compassionate and professional care in her final hours.
Visitation for the late Mary Bolton will be held on Monday, July 29, 2019 from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. at the Pier Community Funeral Home, 1092 Victoria Rd. (entrance on Church Street). A celebration of Mary’s life will be on Tuesday, July 30, 2019 at the funeral home in the All Faith Chapel at 11 a.m. with Father Paul Murphy officiating. A light lunch will be served in the funeral home reception area following the service.
Private family interment will take place at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Mary may be made to the Feral and Abandoned Cat Society or the Cape Breton Regional Hospital Foundation.
Funeral arrangements are entrusted to the care and direction of Pier Community Funeral Home.
Shauna ,Colin and family, I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and all your family. God Bless.
From: Shirley Penney
I’m so sorry to hear of the loss of Mary. I would like to extend our condolences to her husband, David, Sandy, Charles, Darrell, Shauna, Judy all their spouses & children. I wish I was home so I could attend her funeral so instead I will be thinking about you all & sending up prayers for the whole family. Mary was a sweet lady & her presence will be missed by many who loved her.
Patsy & Peter
Thank you so much Patsy and Peter for your kind words and prayers. Hopefully we can see each other at St. Thomas Moore soon.
Please accept our deepest condolences on the passing of Mary.
Barb Della Valle and the staff First choice Haircutters sydney
Thank you so much Barb for your condolences. Mom loved seeing you for her regular trim. When you find a good hair dresser, you stick with them, and you were it for her. Thank you for your kindness and compassion with mom over the years.
Rachel and Bolton Family?. Sorry for the loss of your loved. Please accept my condolences.
Debbie Mahon (Storm’s Aunt)❤️
Thank Debbie for your condolences. I am thankful that Rachel had some time with mom in Halifax before she past. During Rachel’s time in Cape Breton, she reconnected with a lot of her cousins that were not together for awhile. They had some great conversations and fun during that time and I pray that this will help her with her grieving process. Rachel is a beautiful young lady with a great sense of humour. I have not met Storm yet, but he sounds like a man that will help and love her through this time.
We are so sorry to hear of Mary’s passing. We have great memories of Mary over the years, her kind nature and great humour not to mention her willingness to please. We will miss her. Please accept our condolences to all your family.
Thank you Joan, Bill and family for your condolences. Mom love you guys as her own and treasured your friendship. Every so often one of her phone calls would be, “you’ll never guess who popped in today”…Joan! She loved those surprise visits and conversations. It was great to see you at the wake. Thank you again for your kindness!
Shauna and family, our deepest sympathy on your mom’s passing. Did not know until today that she passed. We did not know your mom but from everything we heard about her from Lonna and Whitey, we know she was a special woman and loved by many. God give you strength at this sad time.
Linda and Archie, thank you so much for your condolences. You are correct in saying that mom was a special lady. I am so thankful for Lonna and Whitey being there for us in Halifax. Lonna in particular was there pretty much from the arrival in the city and kept vigil over mom with us until she pasted. Your family is an extension of my own and I really value that. Thank you again for your kindness ?