Funeral service for the late Mary ‘Cassie’ MacDonell, 82, was held August 23 in St. Peter’s Parish Church, Port Hood, with Father Vincent vanZutphen officiating. Burial was in the parish cemetery.
Mrs. MacDonell died August 19, 2019.
Born October 17, 1936, in Glencoe Mills, she was a daughter of the late Katie Ann (Campbell) and Alex Angus MacDonald. In her early years, she did live-in childcare and cooking for many families from the Brook Village, Glendale, Port Hawkesbury and Mabou areas. She then worked at Saint Theresa’s Convent in Sydney where she cooked and baked for the sisters at the residence. She cared for many family members, including her father and mother-in-law, mother, sister, Mary Ann, and, in his final years, her husband Collie. She enjoyed card games and regularly played auction in Port Hood and Judique. She also hosted card games at home. A woman of deep faith and religious beliefs, she was a member of St. Peter’s Parish CWL. In addition, she faithfully served the church and carried out sanctuary duties by caring for the altar linens. She prayed the Rosary numerous times throughout the day and taught her family and grandchildren to value this beautiful prayer, which she continued to say regularly right up until her final days.
She is survived by two daughters, Colleen O’Connor (Glen), Port Hood; Lisa Taylor (Shawn), Lower Sackville; six grandchildren, Christina, Andrew, Mitchell, Donell, all of Port Hood; Jacob, Lily, Lower Sackville; two sisters, Annie Mae MacDonald (Donnie), Port Hood; Jessie Beaton (late Angus), Mabou; two sisters-in-law, Marion MacLeod (Malcolm), Mabou Ridge, Annie Mae MacDonell, Port Hood; several nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by her husband, Colin A. MacDonell ‘Little Collie’; three brothers, Donald, John Dan, Francis; sister, Mary Ann; special cousin, Isabelle Campbell; two nephews, Dwayne Beaton, Glen MacDonald.
Memorial donations may be made to St. Peter’s Parish Cemetery Fund, Port Hood, or Central Inverness Palliative Care.
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