Carol Aileen (Matthews) Pope
With treasured memories of 91 years of a life well lived and with our hearts filled with sadness, we, the family of Carol Aileen (Matthews) Pope (Matthews), announces her sudden, but peaceful passing on Sunday, March 28, 2021 at the Valley Regional Hospital, Kentville, in the loving and grateful embrace of her immediate family. Born in Halifax on June 18, 1929, Carol was the daughter of James Samuel and Florence Amanda Matthews. Carol was enrolled in Queen Elizabeth High School and after graduation, attended the Maritime School of Business. She was employed at Nova Scotia Power for many years until her marriage and moved to Kentville with her husband, Art Pope, in 1955. Mom was an amazing wife, mother and grandmother, always very supportive, caring and passionate about both her immediate, and what grew to become a very large, extended family. Carol was always optimistic at seeing the good in everyone she met. Carol had a special gift in the way she treated people and how that made them feel. She was truly beautiful inside and out! Carol was married to Art for 59 wonderful years, and they shared many successful moments in life together as parents to five children and were both very active in the Kentville community, culminating in Dad’s years serving as mayor of Kentville from 1994-1997. Mom was a gracious ambassador for Kentville in those years and was a lifetime member of the Blanchard Fraser Memorial/Valley Regional Hospital Auxiliary for over 50 years. Carol worked at H.C. Lindsay Funeral Home in the ambulance billing department and then moved to the billing department at Valley Communications. She also worked as a bookkeeper at Pretti Posies in New Minas well into her 80’s and was blessed with a razor-sharp mind and intellect until her death. To say that she aged gracefully and with style is an understatement. Survived by her children, Rick (Susan) Pope, Dartmouth; Robin Pope, Halifax; Kim (Bill) Barlett, Halifax; Jennifer (David) Pope-Waterbury, Kentville; Scott Pope, Kentville; and by her cherished grandchildren, Adam and Jessica Pope; Laura, Faith and Andrew Barlett; Jordan and Katherine Waterbury; several special nieces and nephews; brothers, Bill (Edna) Matthews and Don (Pat) Matthews. She was predeceased by her loving husband, Art; parents, James and Florence Matthews, and brother, George Matthews. Mom would also want to express her thanks and fond memories to the "Ladies of Melbourne Avenue", her friends and neighbors Lois, Vivian, Cheryl, Julie and Sonya for many years of fun and laughter! We, the family, would like to extend special thanks to the medical staff of the Valley Regional Hospital and the Kentville EHS for their tremendous professionalism and gentle caring manner in her final hours. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, a celebration of Carol’s life and interment will take place at a later date. Donations in memory may be made to the Valley Regional Hospital Foundation or St. James Anglican Church, Kentville. Arrangements have been entrusted to White Family Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Kentville.