Louisa (Armstrong) Patterson
It is with great sadness that the family of Louisa (Armstrong) Patterson, of Wolfville, announce her death on Wednesday, July 14, 2021, at the age of 71 years.
Louisa was born in Saint John, New Brunswick, the daughter of Roscoe and Alice (King) Armstrong. Predeceased in death by her parents and sister, Elsie Reid (Glendon). She is survived by her husband, Edward of 45 years, with whom she shared a life of love and adventure: including an introduction to country music, motorcycling, and a move from being a true urbanite to the joys of rural living. Louisa is a Life Member of the Gold Wing Road Riders Association. Louisa is survived by her awesome daughter, Laura (Ben) who has a keen sense of humour and is a nurturing and supportive advocate; stepsister, Loretta MacFarland of Toronto, ON; niece, Lana Kiervin of Saint John, NB; nephew, David Reid of Saint John, NB; nephew, Kevin Reid (Phyllis) of Saint John, NB; cousins, Bill Daley (Linda) of Omemee, ON; Carole Burling (Keith) of Toronto, ON; George Stanley (Lynn) of Moncton, NB; and Phillip Daley of Lindsay, ON. Louisa was predeceased in death by nephews, Brian, Gary, and Peter Reid of Saint John, NB.
Louisa received her early education in Saint John. She graduated from Saint Vincent’s Girls High School and then earned a diploma from the Saint John General Hospital School of Nursing. Louisa received a Bachelor of Nursing Degree, Post RN Program, from the University of New Brunswick and a Masters of Nursing Degree from Dalhousie University.
Prior to a 30 year career as a federal public servant with Veteran’s Affairs Canada, Louisa‘s nursing career involved several positions (Senior Administrative Supervisor, Jewish Home for the Aged, Baycrest Centre for Geriatric Care, Toronto, ON; Nursing Instructor, St. Martha’s School of Nursing, Antigonish, NS; Director of Medical Services, Bowater Mersey Paper Company, Liverpool, NS; Director of Nursing, Ocean View Manor, Eastern Passage, NS) as well as serving over a decade as an adjunct nursing appointee with the Dalhousie School of Nursing.
Close family ties and friendships with nursing and university classmates and Veteran’s Affairs Canada colleagues were calming influences when life was unpredictable and messy, manifesting kindness and love toward one and all.
A special thank you for the coordination of compassionate care by: each and every staff member of the Valley Hospice; Diane Hutt, Cancer Navigator; Dr. Hazen Burton, family physician; the Valley Regional Emergency Department; the Nova Scotia Cancer Centre; the oncology/gynecology team especially Dr. Bentley, Dr. Saciragic, Dr. Kaiser and oncology nurses Sarah and Beth; urologists Dr. Bell and Dr. Butler; the chemotherapy unit at the Victoria General Hospital; Eastern Kings Memorial Dieticians (Jane and Sarah); the EHS special patient program; Ovarian Cancer Canada; Halifax Ostomy Society; Enterostomy Nurse Charlene Doyle; ambulatory care services; Palliative care team Dr. Birch and Paulette Bennett; and VON nursing (Paulette Lucas, Rhonda, Sarah, Alice, Taylor, Dillon, Kevin, Rachel, and home support).
Due to COVID-19 pandemic and travel restrictions, a private mass of Christian burial will be held at St. Joseph’s Roman Catholic Church, Kentville (Corpus Christi Parish) with Father John MacPherson officiating. Burial will follow in Oak Grove Cemetery, Kentville. A video webcast of the church service will be available at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, July 21, 2021.
Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to White Family Funeral Home. No visitation or flowers, by request. Memorial donations may be made to The Valley Hospice Foundation, VON Annapolis Valley, Ovarian Cancer Canada or a charity of your choice.
For online condolences, inquiries and to view the service, please visit www.whitefamilyfuneralhome.com.