61 Pleasant St | Antigonish, NS B2G 1W6
Obituary of Doris Joyce MacGillivray
It is with heartache that we announce the passing of our beloved matriarch, Doris Joyce MacGillivray (MacDougall), who passed October 25th, 2023 just shy of her 96th birthday. Doris was the epitome of sweetness and lived a long & beautiful life, filled with love, laughter, and cherished moments with her adoring family.
Doris grew up in St Mary’s River and New Glasgow. She ventured to Antigonish, where she met her kindred spirit and dance partner, Omer. We have many fond memories to remind us of their dancing prowess. It's fitting that in her final days, she asked for Omer to come take her dancing.
In 1953 Doris married Omer and they enjoyed 67 wonderful years together before his passing in 2020. Together they raised five children: Doug (Debbie), Calgary; Vilena (Kevin) MacDonald, Chestermere; Heather (late Robert (Buddy) MacInnis (Roger Noseworthy), Antigonish; Brian (Guylaine), Kemptville, ON and Jerry, Ottawa. In addition there are the many grandchildren, their spouses, great grandchildren, nieces and nephews whom she cherished. Mom wasn’t part of a small family. She was an integral part of a huge family.
Mom had many interests over the years. She took her sports seriously. Visitors were always welcome so long as they knew not to talk or interrupt while there was a big play happening with her Blue Jays or Maple Leafs.
Let’s not forget her enjoyment in being a member of the Lionesses. The pins on her vest weighed nearly as much as she did.
Baking was another passion that Mom shared with her loved ones. The kitchen was her sanctuary, and the aroma of her baked goods filled the air, creating a warm and inviting atmosphere for all who entered.
Mom cherished her family. Her love for her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren was immeasurable. She was a pillar of strength, offering guidance, support, and unconditional love to each and every one of them. Her presence at family gatherings and celebrations brought a sense of unity and joy that will be deeply missed.
In later years, her interest in bowling, jigsaw puzzles, newspaper puzzles, bingo, and crafts fell away. Quilting remained until she finished one special project. Her grandchildren were beneficiaries of her special project. They were each blessed with a handcrafted quilt that will forever serve as a reminder of her enduring presence. Her quilting creations were a testament to her artistry, skill, and love.
But above all, Mom's love for our father was the most beautiful thing to witness. The way they looked at each other, and supported each other through thick and thin was a testament to the power of true love. Her unwavering commitment and devotion to Omer (and his in return) taught us the importance of cherishing our loved ones and nurturing our relationships.
Though Mom may no longer be physically present, her spirit will forever live on in the hearts of those who were fortunate enough to know her. As we mourn her loss, let us also celebrate the beautiful life she lived and the profound impact she had on all of us.
She was predeceased by her husband Omer MacGillivray, her Parents Muriel (Horton) and Jack MacDougall, her son-in-law Robert (Buddy) MacInnis, and her beloved granddaughter Stephanie MacInnis, her siblings Bill (Betty) MacDougall, Mary (Ken) Ross, and Margie (Eddie) MacDougall.
She is survived by her siblings, Betty (late Russell) MacDonald, Kay (late Alexander) MacDonald, John (Sheila) MacDougall and brother in law Eddie MacDougall (Margie)
Thank you to the staff of Tanglewood at the RK MacDonald Nursing Home. Dr Cudmore for all the compassion and expertise provided to Mom. We are so grateful to our “new sister” Gina Bailey for the care, support, and companionship she provided over the past many years.
Visitation will be held from 2-4 and 7-9 pm on Friday, November 3, 2023 in MacIsaac Funeral Home, 61 Pleasant Street. Funeral mass will be held at 11 am on Saturday, November 4th in St. Ninian Cathedral, Reverend Elliot O'Neal presiding. Family flowers only please. Memorial donations may be made the R.K.MacDonald Nursing Home.
Grief is the price we pay for love. We grieve the passing of Doris MacGillivray and we rejoice that Doris is reunited with Omer in heaven. Together, they will dance among the clouds.
61 Pleasant St
Antigonish, NS B2G 1W6
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