After a long life well lived, Edith MacDonald, of Fredericton died Tuesday, November 20, 2018 at Carleton-Kirk Lodge in Saint John. Born in Halifax on July 18, 1922, Edith was the daughter of the late Percy W. and Bessie (Dillman) Hargrove.
Employed for 20 years with the Unemployment Insurance Commission of Canada, Edith completed her career with Optometrist John Phelan. Edith was always proud of her Salvation Army roots. As an adult, she attended the Nashwaaksis United Church and in later years Gibson Memorial United Church. Edith was a member of the Ladies Auxiliary of the Royal Canadian Legion Branch #4 and was often a visitor at the DVA Veteran’s Wing. Also, Edith was a regular volunteer at York Manor (York Care Centre) for 11 years.
Sports were Edith’s passion, particularly hockey. This began with watching the Moncton Hawks as a child, then rooting for her Montreal Canadiens and finally with cheering on and mothering a generation of FMHA midget & juvenile hockey players at the York Arena.
Edith is survived by a daughter Nancy Fraser (Colby) of Grand Bay-Westfield; a grandchild Jennifer Fraser-Furrow of Rothesay; great grandsons Dylan and Mitch Furrow of Rothesay, as well as her sister Ruth Rustige Van-Zuylen of Guelph, ON.
In addition to her parents, Edith was predeceased by her husband of 62 years, Albert "Ab" MacDonald and her first husband Lloyd Currie.
The family is most grateful to Bayshore Home Health for the excellent level of home care that allowed Edith to continue to live independently and happily for the last three years. The family would also like to thank the nurses and staff of 4NE, 3SW and 4E at the Doctor Everett Chalmers Hospital, as well as the nurses and staff of Carleton-Kirk Lodge for the care and understanding given to Edith during her final days.
Visitation will be held on Saturday, November 24, 2018 from 2 – 4 pm. A memorial service will be held at J.A. McAdam Memorial Chapel on Sunday, November 25, 2018 at 2 pm with Rev. Kelly Higgins officiating. Interment will be held in Forest Hill Cemetery, Field of Honor, at a later date. For those who wish, memorial tributes may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice.