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Kelly Lynn Deal


Kelly Lynn Deal

Kelly Lynn Deal, age 53, of Springhill, formerly of New Minas and Berwick.

With saddened hearts and many tears, her family said goodbye to a lovely daughter, sister, mother and grandmother. Kelly died on February 15th in the Cumberland Regional Health Care Centre, Amherst, losing her battle with mental health issues in a health system that has too many patients and not enough facilities and staff to help them.

After graduating from Horton High School, Kelly enrolled in the Halifax Business Academy and was employed for several years at Midland Transport and later in a medical office. After her marriage to John Nowe, and the birth of her son, she was a stay-at-home mom to Jared and his two sisters. When she moved back to the Valley, she completed a CCA course and worked at nursing homes in Middleton and Berwick, until her mental health deteriorated, and she could no longer continue.

Left behind to grieve her loss are her son, Jared Nowe, Dartmouth; daughters, Olivia Nowe, Sackville, NB, and Lauren Nowe, Milton, mother of Kelly’s precious grandbaby, one year old Ophelia, along with their father, John Nowe, also of Milton. Her last gift was another daughter, Rosalyn Grace Deal of Springhill and Rosie’s dad, Terry Rushton. Also mourning her is her mother, Rita Deal-Roefs and stepfather, Anthony Roefs, Berwick; her brothers, Chris, his wife, Alison MacDonald and their daughters Katelyn and Hailey, all of Lantz; Tym, his wife, Barb Morrow, Dartmouth and their daughters, Taylor and Hannah; aunts, Anne O’Neil, Summerland, BC; Diane (Gord) Onieu, Leduc, AB; Mary Ellen Skillings and Pat Foster, both of Woodstock, ON; special aunt, Audrey (late Wayne) Deal of Wolfville, who always inquired about Kelly’s health. Uncle, Don (Helena) Deal, Canaan; aunt, Ellen O’Neil (late Peter), Dalem Lake, Cape Breton; her Cape Breton cousins, Carolyn (Jimmy) Marsh, Monica O’Neil and Sherry (Ches) Miles; and many other cousins and extended family.

Kelly had some wonderful friends throughout her life for which her family is very thankful. A very big and heartfelt thank you especially to Carmen and Frances Hawley and their daughter Sandra White of Greenwich and also to Peter and Marlee Dietert and family of Berwick. As well as to the gals who shared her first apartment in Halifax, Kim, Velma and Julie. We truly believe that Kelly is now at peace with the God who gave her life, and she is lonely no more.

Kelly had roots in Cape Breton as well. Her mother, Rita, was born in Florence, to Kelly’s late maternal grandparents, Peter and Gertie O’Neil. She was also predeceased by her loving father, John Freeman Deal and paternal grandparents, Joyce and Norman Deal. 

Cremation has taken place and there will be no visitation, by request. A service and interment will be held at a later date. Those wanting to donate in Kelly’s memory can please consider Cystic Fibrosis Canada or the Canadian Diabetic Association.  Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the White Family Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Kentville. 

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Service Location
A service and interment will be held at a later date.

There will be no visitation, by request.

Requested Charity
Cystic Fibrosis Canada or the Canadian Diabetic Association