Rhoda Dowe, RN, Glace Bay

Obituary of Rhoda Dowe, RN, Glace Bay

Rhoda Jean Dowe, R.N.

Glace Bay


It is with deepest sadness that we announce the passing of Rhoda Jean (Cornforth) Dowe, RN, age 78, beloved daughter of the late Grace (Shepard) and Henry Cornforth of Glace Bay on Sunday, May 13, 2018 at the Glace Bay Hospital. Rhoda was a Registered Nurse who trained at the Glace Bay General Hospital, graduating in 1961.

Rhoda is survived by her husband, Lawrence C. Dowe and her children, Kerry (Daniel) LeRiche, John (Stephanie) Dowe, and Lori (Michael) Meadows. She was the most treasured Nana of her grandchildren, Kaitlynn (Jay Davidson) LeRiche, Lori LeRiche, Marlea LeRiche, Zachary Dowe, Noah Dowe, Sophie Dowe, Nicholas Meadows, Andrew Meadows and Ian Meadows. Rhoda is also survived by her sister, Thelma Ashe of Birch Grove. She was the beloved Aunt Rhoda to numerous nieces and nephews.

Rhoda was predeceased by her sisters, Reta, Verta, Verna, Lena, Ada, and her brothers, George and Earle.

A lifetime member of the Glace Bay Baptist church, Rhoda was involved in many church and community activities. She enjoyed many friendships due to her love of being with, working with and helping people. A fun loving, generous spirited person, her loss will be mourned by many friends and family members. 

The family would like to thank everyone who sent cards, flowers, visited, called and brought food to the house during this difficult time. Your thoughtfulness is greatly appreciated. We thank our wonderful friend, Alana for helping us get from place to place when we needed it. 

We would also like to thank the wonderful staff of Glace Bay General Hospital for the cheerful kindness and excellent care given to our mother, and ‘Dee’ for the caring good cheer every day that made such a difference. As well we thank the very kind and capable EHS drivers for the many trips back and forth to the Regional Hospital in Sydney. Dr. Spencer and Dr. Walker of Glace Bay, Dr. Khodadad and Murdock Williams of the Regional Hospital in Sydney and Dr. Ritter of Palliative Care must be thanked for their invaluable assistance. These fine people went the extra mile to help our mother and our family. We would especially like to thank Dr. Ley, who has been her family physician for 23 years.

Finally we send much love and thanks to George and (Aunt) Mary Baillie for their endless support and devotion during our most difficult time. 

Cremation has taken place under the direction of V. J. McGillivray Funeral Home, Glace Bay. A celebration of her life will be held on Saturday, July 7, 2018 at 2 p.m. in the Glace Bay Baptist Church.

In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the Cancer Centre at the Regional Hospital in Sydney or the charity of your choice. On line condolences to the family can be expressed at: www.vjmcgillivray.ca

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