Bernadette Mildred "Millie" Barro
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved mother "Millie". Millie was born in Glace Bay, NS on July 17, 1936. She was the third daughter born to John and Jean LeForte. Rita and Jeannette were older, and Millie would then come to be older sibling to five other sisters (Patsy, Gloria, Joan, Carol and Shirley Anne).
After completing her nursing training at St. Josephs in Glace Bay, Millie went off to briefly work in London, Ontario but would soon become home sick and return. Millie married her high school sweetheart, Wayne in July 1961. A year later they had a son (Terry) and then two more children (Kim and Blair) would complete their family.
Millie was a person who everybody could warm up to and love. She was fun loving and mischievous in her own spunky way. Millie was one of the most optimistic people you would ever meet. In her younger years Millie stayed at home to raise her children, she was their rock. Millie was very active in Wayne’s dental practice. She also developed lifelong friendships through Kiwanis Ladies and the Down East Coasters.
After her children were grown and left the nest, Millie was very fortunate to spend many winters in Florida where she golfed, sang in the choir, and played cards. During the summers she would be back and forth between Dartmouth, Mount Uniacke and Yarmouth where Wayne had an orthodontic practice. She golfed, sang, and celebrated all summer and winter long. Millie loved to play cards, especially bridge and cribbage. Taking after her father, she was a card shark and hated to lose. Millie was not one to let anyone win who didn’t deserve to – and that included her grandchildren!
In these last years, Millie was "shared" amongst her three children where she lived with them all and added so much warmth and love to their homes. She will be especially missed by all her grand furry babies. Millie continued to play bridge online, she dearly loved playing with her sister, Rita, and enjoyed the odd outing with her friends at the "club" (Brightwood Golf Club). She played golf, developed many great friendships, and led a full social life here for many years.
Millie is predeceased by her parents, John and Jean LeForte and her sister, Patsy Nolan as well as her husband of 58 years, Wayne Barro.
Millie is survived by her beloved three children, Terry (Patricia), Kim (Jonathan) and Blair (Leah) and nine grandchildren, Brett, Mitchell, Liam and Gavin Barro, Megan Woodford and Amanda Convery, and Lucy, Sophia and Bridget Blanchard all of whom she adored and who adored her. Millie also has five great grandchildren, Charlotte Convery, Whyatt and Emmett Woodford, and Bo and Hutton Barro who lovingly referred to her as "GG".
Millie will be sadly missed by not only her family but by her other relatives (especially her sisters and Terry, Diane and Lorna Barro) and many, many friends.
A special and heartfelt thank you is extended to the amazing staff at Valley Hospice. Millie’s final week was spent there in the most peaceful surroundings, amidst kindness, compassion and song. Despite the difficult struggle, Millie was treated with the upmost respect and tenderness. She faced these trials with her usual grace and humor. We are a grateful family for all they did, the hugs and supportive words helped beyond measure. In lieu of flowers please consider a donation to a hospice in your community.
A celebration of life will be held at Brightwood Golf and Country Club, Dartmouth, on September 24, 2023 from 2 to 4 p.m., where we will play the Beach Boys and "Sweet Caroline" at her request. Arrangements have been entrusted to the White Family Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Kentville.