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Mary Winnifred (Graham) MacDonald

1930-2021

Mary Winnifred (Graham) MacDonald

Mary Winnifred (Graham) MacDonald - 90, of Wolfville, passed away Tuesday, November 9, 2021, at The Windsor Elms Village, Falmouth. Born December 11, 1930, in Florence, Cape Breton, Winnie was a daughter of Francis Graham and Elizabeth Halliday (MacFarlane) Graham. Winnie is survived by her sister, Effie Brown (Donald), Sydney Mines; her daughter Sarah Tessier (Andre), Lake George; Ron (Dena), Lumsden Dam; W. Graham (Tina Dale), Wolfville; grandchildren, Christine (Adam Gulliver), Elise (Stu Woo), Matthew, Ben, Sam, Alexandra, Anna, Rachel; great-grandchildren, Isaac and Alexei and several nieces and nephews. She was a graduate of Mount Allison University. Winnie was predeceased by her husband of 42 years, W. Ronald Mac Donald, who passed away in 2001 in San Carlos, Mexico. Besides her parents, she was predeceased by sisters, Grace Fortugno (Nat), Montreal; Isabell Andrews (William), Sydney Mines; Irene Boutlier (Lorne), Florence; and Frances Bardswich (John), Sydney Mines. Ever the adventurer, Ron ensured that Winnie enjoyed seeing the world. Sometimes she helped with the planning, but a few trips were planned without her knowledge because he knew he was pushing his luck! Winnie taught school in Halifax, Musquodoboit Harbour, Ithaca, NY, and in Kings County. She owned a business in Wolfville for several years. Winnie had a strong sense of community and was an active member of the United Church. She was involved in many charities, including Inter-Church Housing "little home project", Meals on Wheels and The Flower Cart. She was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, and friend. She loved the beach, swimming, reading, walking, and golf but was happiest surrounded by her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Following Ron’s death, Winnie found the perfect companion, Don MacLeod. Winnie and Don lived life to the fullest, spending time with their families and grandchildren, traveling, and enjoying community events and activities. Winnie was proud of Don’s role in the design and building of the Windsor Elms Village, where Winnie spent the last years of her life. Don passed away in 2015 and is survived by his daughter, Margaret (Barry Acton), and son, Andrew. Cremation has taken place. There will be no visitation by request. A private celebration of life shall take place. The family wishes to thank the outstanding staff of the Windsor Elms Village for their tremendous care and kindness. Donations in Winnie’s memory may be made to the Valley Regional Hospital Foundation of Kentville, Wolfville L’arche Homefires Society, Orchard Valley United Church, New Minas or a charity of one’s choice. Arrangements have been entrusted to the White Family Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Kentville. 

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Service Location
A private celebration of life shall take place

Requested Charity
Valley Regional Hospital, L'arche Homefires Society, Orchard Valley United Church, or donor's choice