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Shirley "Dianne" Jackson


Shirley "Dianne" Jackson Shirley "Dianne" Jackson

Shirley "Dianne" Jackson

September 9, 1942 – March 21, 2023.

It is with heavy hearts that we announce her peaceful passing while at the Soldier’s Memorial Hospital, Middleton, with her husband, daughter and oldest grandson by her side. Born in Berwick, Kings Co., she was a daughter of the late Ronald and Bessie Taylor of Berwick.

Dianne was a graduate of Central Kings Rural High School, Mack Business College and studied education at Acadia University to become a teacher. Later, and following the successful completion of her program, she decided that "a career in teaching" was not for her. She then went on to use her secretarial skills in the business world at T.P. Calkin Ltd. in Kentville, managed a group home for the disabled in Wolfville, supervised a homemaker’s service in Kings County, was office manager for Eastern Protein Foods in Kentville and then ventured into the insurance industry to become a secretary/insurance agent on staff with Merriam Insurance of New Minas, eventually leading to her retirement.

Dianne was a fun loving and mischievous person usually with a "twinkle in her eye" who loved life and being with her family and friends. Music was always an important part of her life both in singing with her barbershop chorus and playing her accordion for campfire sing-a-longs or various other fun gatherings. At the same time, she was very modest about her talents but was gifted in her skills as a choreographer and loved working with the Barbershop choruses leading up to shows and contests.

Her family was so important to her, and she loved spending time with them. Her home was always open to those outside the family who were "in need" and there were a few along the way.

She is survived by her loving husband Perry of 60 years, her daughter, Lesley (Malcolm) Stevens, son, Steven (Johanna Nickerson), grandsons, McKenzie Miedema, Matthew Miedema, Evan Stevens, Keegan Stevens, and granddaughter, Jenna Jackson (all living locally); as well as her only sister, Janet MacInnes of Halifax, and her children, Christie MacInnes of Bloomfield, NJ, and Craig MacInnes of Edmonton, Alta.

The family would like to extend a sincere thank you for the services of the VON staff who provided home care and a special thank you to the staff of the Mayflower Unit of the Soldier’s Memorial Hospital for their compassionate and loving care over the past six months while Dianne was a patient there.

In lieu of flowers, donations in memory may be made to the Alzheimer Society or the Heart and Stroke Foundation.

Visitation will be held from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Friday, April 14, 2023 in the White Family Funeral Home, Kentville. The funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 15 in Kentville United Baptist Church with a reception to follow. Rev. Dr. David Bielby officiating. For those unable to attend, a livestream will be available at the time of the service. Interment will take place in the Saint Mary’s Anglican Church Cemetery, Auburn, at a later date. To view the livestream, and for on-line condolences or inquiries, please visit:

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Service Date
Saturday, April 15, 2023
Service Time
2:00 p.m.
Service Location
Kentville United Baptist Church, Kentville, Nova Scotia

Friday, April 14, 2023
Visitation Time
6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Visitation Location
White Family Funeral Home, Kentville, Nova Scotia

Burial Date
At a Later Date
Burial Location
St. Mary's Anglican Church Cemetery, Auburn, Nova Scotia

Requested Charity
Alzheimer Society or the Heart and Stroke Foundation