Mildred (Millie) J. Forbes
Obituary for Mildred (Millie) J. Forbes
Mildred J. (Millie) Forbes
In the middle of the morning of October 4, 2019 Millie lost her four-year battle with cancer. She passed away peacefully at Hospice Halifax, and had recently celebrated her 81st birthday.
Born in Salmon River Lake, Guys. Co., she was the seventh of eight children born to the late Francis and Rose (Burns) MacDonald.
Millie devoted her life to her family, raising seven accomplished children, and assisting husband Jack in various business endeavours.
Millie leaves to mourn, her husband of 60 years, Jack (John A. Forbes, Jr.), and their children: Penny (her husband, Myles) Milligan, their children: Max and Madeleine; Jay (John A, III) (his wife, Carla), their children: Matthew, Scott and Ben; Jill (friend, Joe Wright) Regan, her children: Flynn (Jeff) Bonazza, and Taylor, and their father, Brian; Lee Ann (friend Jeffrey Yazdi) Wentzell, her children: Meghan (fiancé Matt Piche) and Connor (friend Meghan MacNeil), and their father, David; Frank (his wife, Gabriela), their children: Valentina and Mateo; Jeff (his wife, Sylvianne), their children: Gabrielle and Danielle; and Josh (his wife, Renee) and their child: Hannah Jo.
Millie is also survived by brother Rod, Erinville, and sisters-in-law Mary (late Joe) MacDonald and Alexina (late Ed) MacDonald, both of Antigonish, and Kaye MacDonald, Edmonton, Alta.. Her many nieces and nephews were always on her mind, and provided support for many years, particularly in recent months.
In addition to her parents. she was predeceased by Jay and Carla’s infant twin boys: John A. IV and S. Patrick, and by siblings: Kay (late James) Farrell; H. Joseph (Mary) MacDonald; Robert (late Christina) MacDonald; Bernard (late Elsie) MacDonald; Mary “Mame” (late Joseph) Morrison; and Ed (Alexina) MacDonald. She was also predeceased by sister-in-law Kaye (Rod) MacDonald, parents-in-law Jack (John A. Sr.) and Helen (Martin) Forbes, brother-in -law Bill Forbes; and sister-in-law Dianne (Gerald) Fulton.
Prior to her marriage, Millie graduated from Mt. St. Bernard College, and worked in the Alumni Office at St. F. X. University.
Millie and Jack traveled extensively throughout Canada and the United States of America, and enjoyed several trips to the Caribbean, England, and Continental Europe. Cruises to the Mediterranean and the Baltic were especially enjoyable as was an eight weeks journey to New Zealand and Australia.
Millie approached all her activities with a quiet determination that resulted in great personal satisfaction. She was an excellent bridge player and belonged to a ladies group in Dartmouth for nearly 50 years. She and Jack played duplicate bridge in local groups as well as during visits to other areas. However, it was golf that really brought out her competitive nature, and although she was relatively late in taking up the game, she became very proficient and was noted for her putting abilities. Golf provided many long-term personal relationships which Millie valued to the end. Invariably, most of the Forbes’ travels included a golf component. She was a Past President of the Ladies’ Division of Brightwood Golf and Country Club, and was an early winner of the Ladies’ Club Championship at the Glen Arbour Golf Club.
When not out on the course, Millie’s gardens captured her attention. Her green thumb has resulted in vibrant displays of colourful blooms during the various stages of Spring, Summer, and Fall. This year’s “rendition” finally resulted in her objective to create a “English Country Garden” and she was proud of this accomplishment. Never one to be idle, Millie dabbled in photography, water colour painting, and her needle work provided novel and practical Christmas gifts for her children and grandchildren. Over the years, her many festive dinners delighted family and guests alike, and displayed her culinary prowess.
Millie was faithful to her Catholic roots and was a participant in all Sunday and Holy Day liturgies. While able, she supported Feed Others of Dartmouth and Hope Cottage with meal preparations.
It was Millie’s request to be cremated, and that has occurred. Visitation will be held Thursday, October 10, from 2 to 4 in the afternoon and from 6:30 to 8:30 in the evening in the Upper Level of the Clubhouse at the Glen Arbour Golf Club, 40 Clubhouse Lane, Hammonds Plains, B4B 1T4. Funeral mass to be held at 11 AM on Friday, October 11, at St. Marguerite Bourgeoys Catholic Church, 18 Scholar’s Lane, Upper Tantallon, N. S. B3Z 0N2, with reception to follow in the church hall. Immediately following the reception, interment of the cremains will take place at Gate of Heaven cemetery.
The family is appreciative of the efforts of the Oncology and Palliative Care teams at Capital Health, and for the care provided by the Victorian Order of Nurses (VON), Home Care, and Hospice Halifax. In Memoriam donations to the VON, Hospice Halifax, St. Marguerite Bourgeoys St. Vincent de Paul Society, or Chalice would be welcomed.
A Gaelic Blessing
Deep peace of the running wave to you
Deep peace of the flowing air to you
Deep peace of the quiet earth to you
Deep peace of the shining stars to you
Deep peace of the gentle night to you
Moon and stars pour their healing light on you
Deep peace of Christ, the Light of the world on you
Deep peace of Christ to you
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