Linda Ann Cleveland
It’s with broken hearts that our family announces the passing of my mother, Linda Ann Cleveland, age 70, only nine short weeks after the death of her husband.
Mom passed with her family at her bedside in the Valley Regional Hospital, Kentville, Nova Scotia on September 10, 2021.
Born in Windsor on May 12, 1951, she was a daughter of the late Margaret and Merville "Ace" Mailman. She will be forever missed by her loving daughter, Cheri (Blake) Davison; her brothers, Donnie and Doug (Donna) Mailman; sister, Brenda Salsman; sister-in-law, Cheryll (Brian) Burke and several nieces and nephews. Besides her parents, she is predeceased by her husband, Richard "Rick" and her brother, Brian Mailman
Mom loved her family and friends, and she lived her life to the fullest, loving every minute. She had a very infectious laugh that will always be remembered. She got great enjoyment out of her garden, watching and feeding the birds, collecting all types of trinkets and playing bingo. She loved animals.
Mom was one of the most caring women you’d ever want to meet. She was at ease striking up a conversation with a total stranger. She loved life, people, music, and most of all, her family. She married her soul mate in November, 1970. They had just celebrated their 50th anniversary. When I was born, she gave up her work to care for me. When I was young, the phrase "stay-at-home-mom" didn’t exist. It was usual for women to stay home with the children while their husbands worked. But even by the standards of the era, mom was an exceptional wife and mother. She cared deeply for her family and neighbors. She did this not out of obligation, but because of who she was. She mothered everyone, so much so that my friends would often call her mom. She took this as a compliment and never shied away from being there for others who needed support in one way or another. As her daughter I feel like I grew up with an incredible role model who taught me to always be myself and to always push myself to learn more. I will miss her smile, her laugh, her sage advice, and her determined personality.
We want to thank Dr. Gunn and his office staff for all their care and support. We want to thank all those who supported and cared for mom (and Dad) over the past several months, Melinda, Sheri, Abby, Darlene, Sandy and Linda. I also want to thank my colleagues in the Respiratory Therapy Department at the Valley Regional Hospital who were involved with her care. Your compassion and care for my mother are greatly appreciated.
A private funeral service (by invitation) will be held in the White Family Funeral Home, Kentville. A livestream of the service will be available at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, September 17, 2021. Private interment will take place in the Elm Grove Cemetery, Steam Mill. Donations in memory can be made to the SPCA.
Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the White Family Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Kentville. For online condolences, inquiries and to view a webcast of the funeral service, please visit: www.whitefamilyfuneralhome.com.