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Newfoundland Obit Announcements
From Nova Scotia Newspapers

Halifax Herald
July 2017


HOWELL, Vida Lucy
The Chronicle Herald, Halifax, July 26, 2017
(8/26/1931 - 7/23/2017)

Age 85 of Dartmouth passed away peacefully July 23, 2017. Born in Seldom Come By, Fogo Island, Newfoundland she was a daughter of the late Matilda (Hoddinott) and Andrew Anthony. Living in an outport in Newfoundland, although there were many hardships, Vida only remembered the good times. She told many loving stories about her upbringing that fascinated her family for years. She came from a close-knit, church-going family. She finished school in Seldom, and was asked to be a school teacher in her community for a short time until applying for a job at UNION FISHERMAN STORE.

She came from a proud family of fishermen. She later went to St. John's NL to live with her aunt and worked as a cook at a hospital for infectious disease. The next door neighbour, who was quite handsome, noticed Vida and asked her aunt if he could take her out. Their first date, at Vida's request, was to go to the Salvation Army Church Service. The rest, they say, is history! They married in St. John's in 1951 and shortly after moved to Halifax, Nova Scotia where Albert worked on the Tugboats in the dockyard. They raised their family and Vida went to work for the Federal Government until her retirement. She was a wonderful cook and baker, she enjoyed crocheting, knitting, playing cards. She told GOOD jokes. She will be remembered for her immaculate housekeeping and fashionable dress.

She was predeceased by her husband, Albert; sister, Olive Sced; brother, Reginald Anthony. Survived by daughter, Dianne (Thomas) Blair; son, David; grandchildren, Nigel (Tanya) Blair, Melanie (Kevin) Bryden and Trevor (Colleen Hogan) Blair; great-grandchildren, Travis Lowther, Alexis and Dakota Blair, Grace and Grant Blair, Abigail and Baby Bryden on the way; sisters, Ivy, Pearl, Grace; brother, Joseph; and many nieces and nephews.

Cremation has taken place. Interment in Fairview Lawn Cemetery will be held at a later date, with family only by request. Online condolences may be sent by visiting

LITTLE, Mary Elizabeth
The Chronicle Herald, Halifax, July 7, 2017
(7/14/1925 - 7/5/2017)
Little (Bennett), Mary Elizabeth
- Aged 92, of Halifax, passed peacefully on 5 July 2017 in Halifax at Parkstone Enhanced Care in Clayton Park where she received excellent care by all the staff. She was born in Little Wards Harbour, Newfoundland in 1925, and was the daughter of Frederick and Maryann (Compton) Bennett. Frederick was a farmer and boat builder and Mary Ann was a nurse at the Grenfell Mission in St. Anthony, Newfoundland. Mary lived in Scheffervile, Quebec for 35 yrs.

She was known for being a fantastic cook. Her hobbies were knitting, crocheting, macramé, sewing, were among the many carats that she attempted. What a great "sports Mom". She loved watching the Montreal Canadians and Washington Capitols. She followed her children to hockey games and figure skating on a regular basis. A couple of things she taught her children was to our very best, have fun and be proud of our accomplishments. Manners were her highest quality that she instilled that in her children and to always respect your elders. A friend, Syd Little, from Brisbane, Australia (no relation), met her husband at the Iron Ore Company, and quickly became a family member.

She is survived by her daughter, Barbara Ann (Theriault), sons Brian and Andrew, daughter in-law Jo-Ann (Shunamon), and son-in-law Romeo Theriault. There are 8 grandchildren: Melodie Fortin, Amanda, Crystal (Patrick Connolly), and Justin Theriault (Vanessa Landry Theriault), Christine Inukpuk, Cynthia Little, Rebecca and Max. Two previous daughter-in-law's Eva Inukpuk, Meena Echalook. Great grandchildren: Kelly, Doriann, and Sheldon Fortin, Maika & Jaxson Connolly, Brandon and Sarah Landry-Theriault. Surviving are two sister-in-law's whom she dearly loved, Queen Bennett and Marie Bennett. She was loved by many nieces and nephews from Newfoundland, New Brunswick, and Nova Scotia who maintained contact with her frequently. A special mention to Bernetta Bennett, Fraser Bennett, Betty Bayer (who sent flowers on special occasions), Joyce Stone, Violet and Baxter White who called often, Ward and the late Edna Young, and was visited by Margaret Prime on many occasions.) She was predeceased by her husband Thomas John Little, sisters Priscilla, Louise and Gertrude; brothers Harvey, Jack, Thomas, Gordon, Donald and an older sibling (Mary Elizabeth) who died at a very young age.

She will be cremated immediately, and a private ceremony to be held at the grave site at Dartmouth Memorial Gardens located at 667 Main St, Dartmouth, at a later date. Online condolences may be sent by visiting (Dartmouth Chapel)

PARSONS, Donna Lee
The Chronicle Herald, Halifax, August 1, 2017
Donna Lee Parsons
- 66, Valley, completed her journey with grace and dignity, surrounded by the love of her family, on Sunday, July 30, 2017, at Colchester East Hants Health Centre, Truro. Born in Gander, Newfoundland, she was the daughter of the late Ralph and Violet (Jones) Parsons.

Donna is survived by her loving husband of 38 years, Martin; children, David (Elise) Parsons, Calgary, Alberta; Toni Parsons, Fredericton, New Brunswick; Mitchell Parsons, Calgary, Alberta; grandchildren, Gavin, Violet, Edwin, Logan, Chase, Tyson; brothers, Hedley (Elizabeth) Parsons, Gambo, Newfoundland; Kevin (Trudy) Parsons, Pasadena, Newfoundland; several nieces and nephews.

Donna was a member of Valley United Church where she was active with the UCW and was also a life member of Kin Association. Family was most important to Donna and her grandchildren were her pride and joy; family times spent at the cottage in Cape John will be fondly remembered.

Mrs. P's teaching career took her to classrooms in Newfoundland, Lower Sackville and Fall River, from where she retired in 2011; Donna thoroughly enjoyed teaching and considered all her students to be "her kids". In her spare time, she loved to sew, hand crafts and reading.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Mattatall - Varner Funeral Home, 55 Young Street, Truro, where Donna's family will receive friends from 2-4 p.m., Sunday, August 13, 2017. Funeral service will be held 2 p.m., Monday, August 14, 2017, at Valley United Church, 110 Salmon River Road, Valley, Reverend Valerie Kingsbury officiating. Interment in Crossroads Cemetery, Valley. Reception will follow in the church hall. Family flowers only. If so desired, donations in Donna's memory to Valley United Church or Children's Wish Foundation are welcomed. Private messages of condolence may be sent to the family by viewing Donna's obituary on-line and selecting "Send A Condolence" at:

The Chronicle Herald, Halifax, July 22, 2017
(1/12/1927 - 7/20/2017)
Robertson (Lambert), Edith Margaret
- age 90 of Dartmouth. Passed away peacefully on Thursday, July 20th, 2017 in Dartmouth General Hospital. Born in Grand Bank, Newfoundland she was the daughter of the late Ambrose and Susie (Murphy) Lambert. She moved from Newfoundland to Halifax when she was 16. She worked at Simpson's Sears and Imperial Oil as a comptometer operator until she married George in 1961 and they started their family. For most of Edith's life she was an active member of the congregation of Woodlawn United Church. In particular, she enjoyed the fellowship of the ladies of the Rebecca Unit of the UCW. She and George enjoyed many wonderful years at the cottage in Seafoam, Pictou County.

Edith is survived by son, Andrew (Susan); daughter, Susan Robertson; grandsons, Noah and Ian Zinck; sister, Betty Nevitt (Joe), all of Dartmouth and many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her husband, George; brothers, George and Percy; sisters, Vera Feltmate and Eleanor Crewe. A cremation has taken place. A memorial service will be held 1pm, Tuesday, July 25th in Woodlawn United Church, Dartmouth with a reception to follow. A private family interment to take place in Dartmouth Memorial Gardens at a later date. Donations may be made to CNIB, Dartmouth General Hospital or Woodlawn United Church. Online condolences may be sent by visiting (Dartmouth Chapel)



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