It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved mother, ’Betty’ Ethel Elizabeth Everett, 92, of Sydney. Betty left peacefully on January 15th, 2023 at Celtic Court Enhanced Care, Sydney, where she had resided for the past two years. She was the eldest of seven children born to the late Fred and Annie (MacNeill) Strong of Annapolis, NS.
At the age of 17 Betty began teaching in a one room school house then went on to work at Eaton’s. Several years later she married Lovett Everett of Bridgetown NS. They later moved to Cape Breton and settled in the community of Mira where they raised six children, before relocating to Sydney in their senior years.
Betty lived a rural life and worked hard maintaining her home and taking care of her family. The aroma of fresh baked bread and cookies filled her home and the table was always laden with homemade jams, jellies, pickles and preserves. When she wasn’t baking, cleaning or washing clothes you could hear the whir of the Singer sewing machine as she fashioned clothes to fit her large brood.
Betty loved working with her hands and was a master crafts woman. She was a self-taught carpenter, skilled artist and expert knitter. Adept at anything she put her hand to, nothing was impossible once she decided on a project. Her favorite pastime was roaming the beaches looking for stones and sea glass which she would manage to turn into one of a kind stone sculptures. One being a scale model of the famous Moxham Castle which is on display at the Sydney Mines Heritage Museum. Her children, grand children, and great grand children have all been blessed with a part of her legacy that she leaves behind.
Betty is survived by her six children, Lynn (Richard) McNamara, Riverview NB, Debby Everett, Sydney River, Kevin (Anne) Everett, Sydney River, Jill (Bill) Hickey, Northside East Bay, Dale Everett, Sydney River, and Robin (Kathie) Everett, Edmonton Alta. She is also survived by her sisters Ruth Sekulich, Alberta and Margaret Smith, Ontario.
She was predeceased by her parents, by her husband Lovett Edwin Everett and four of her siblings, Clyde, Lorna, Evelyn, and Edgar. Nana will be dearly missed by her thirteen grandchildren, Logann, Liam, Kaleen, Adam, Melissa, Lori, Kimberly, Zachary, Justine, Brayden, Drake, Keegan, and Jadyn. She also leaves behind fifteen great- grandchildren who were proud to call her grandma. Betty will be greatly missed by her long-time best friend Laurel Buckingham of Sydney.
Cremation will take place at Forest Haven Memorial Gardens, A service for family and friends will be announced at a later date. In lieu of flowers donations can be made towards Parkinson research, Dementia or a charity of your choice.
Our family would like to thank the staff of Celtic Court Enhanced Care for their kindness and devotion to our mother during the time she spent at their facility.
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest” Mathew 11:28
The long goodbye that spans the years has oh so slowly passed
As day by day you slip away and leave us for the past
Your family are all strangers now, but miss and love you still
You have a place within our hearts that no one else can fill
Today we say our last goodbye and wanted you to know
You lived your best, its time to rest and its okay to go.