Mary MacNeil, Glace Bay

Obituary of Mary MacNeil, Glace Bay

It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Mary MacNeil, age 95, on December 14, 2018 at Glace Bay Hospital. She was the daughter of the late Florence Turner (nee Evans).

Mary had a great sense of humour and was known for her quick wit, warm smile and love of a good joke. She enjoyed dancing and listening to music with her husband Ikey who was the love of her life. She enjoyed reading and doing crosswords.

Mary was employed at the Cape Breton Hospital as a housekeeper. She loved her job and made many friendships that she cherished. She took great pride in her work up until her retirement. Many years ago she got to fulfill her lifetime dream of traveling to New York with her daughter-in-law, Joan. She was an active and loyal member of St. Anthony’s Church and generous with charitable donations. She was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother.

Mary is survived by her only daughter and dedicated care giver; Juanita Brinston as well as her grandchildren; Shawn (Treana), Jason (Jennifer), Kerrilynn (John), Joey, Lindsey (Carson), Bryan, and Jessica (Teewhy), her great-grandchildren; Brandon, Parker, Briella, Brady and Lexi. She is also survived by her nephew Steward Morris (Linda) who was always there for her when needed. She is survived by her daughters-in-law; Tissa MacNeil and Joan McNeil. 

She was predeceased by her husband Ikey, sons; Morris (Black Mick) and Jerry, and her beloved sister and best friend; Betty Kirby.

Cremation has taken place. There will be no visitation. A celebration of life will be held on Wednesday, December 19th, 2018 at 11 a.m. in V.J. McGillivray Funeral Home Chapel, 16 Reserve Street, Glace Bay with Fr. Duaine Devereaux officiating. Burial will take place after the funeral in Forest Haven Memorial Gardens where she will be together forever with her “Ikey”.

The family would like to thank the nurses and staff on 3 South for their compassion and excellent care given to Mary over the last number of months.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to her favorite charities; War Amps, World Wildlife fund or a charity of your choice. On line condolences to the family can be expressed at:


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