MACDONALD,Dorothy Elizabeth "Betty" (Wadlin) of Malignant Cove and Halifax, passed away peacefully at St. Martha’s Hospital, Antigonish on May 5, 2014. Born in Rear Arisaig in 1928, she was the daughter of the late Ernest and Catherine Wadlin of Maryvale.
Betty was a graduate of Mt. St. Bernard College, Antigonish, Provincial Normal College (Teacher’s College), Truro. She taught school in the Halifax area and later sold real estate before becoming a broker of her own company "Betty MacDonald Real Estate". In retirement, Betty and Bill moved to Malignant Cove. She was actively involved in her Antigonish community. Betty was a former member of St. Margaret’s of Scotland choir and parish council. For many years she was a reporter for the County Chronicle, the Antigonish Casket where she was known as "Gramma Betty".
She is survived by her sons John Francis (Frank) (Ferne Greenwood), Bedford; Ernest Robert "Bob" (Colleen Mercer), Caribou River; Allan Steven "Steve" (Sandy) Victoria, B.C.; daughters Catherine (Heather), Kirby (Pat), Halifax and daughter-in-law, Barbara, Dartmouth. Eight Grandchildren, Scott, London, Ont.; Leanne Sangster, Lower Sackville; Blain, Halifax; Bradley, Herring Cove; Blaise, Halifax; Ian, Dartmouth; Carleen, New Zealand and Sean, Victoria, B.C.; She is also survived by eight Great-Grandchildren.
Betty was predeceased by her husband William (Bill), son Ronald Blaise, sisters Rita McNutt-Slade and Vera Sidney.
There will be no visitation as per her request. Funeral mass will be held on Saturday, May 10, 2014, at 11:00 a.m.at St. Margaret’s of Scotland Church, Arisaig, Father Colin MacKinnon officiating. Internment in the Parish Cemetery. Reception to follow in the parish hall. No flowers by request. Donations in memory of Betty may be made to St. Martha’s Hospital Foundation, Antigonish. Special thanks to Dr. Matthew Boyd and the dedicated nurses and staff of St. Martha’s Hospital. A heartfelt thanks to her longtime friends Florence Teasdale, Patsy & John Wallace and Hughena & Bernie Chisholm. We will never forget your kindness to our Mom.