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Mary Florence Woodman

December 1, 1939 — July 27, 2023

New Waterford

It is with the saddest of hearts that we announce the sudden passing of Mary Florence Woodman on July 27th, 2023. She was 83. Born and raised in Glace Bay, Mary was the eldest daughter of Michael and Frances (Casey) MacKinnon.

Starting her career at 17, Mary worked for the Royal Bank at various branches in Cape Breton and Halifax, retiring with over 40 years of loyal service. Mary had a strong work ethic and so she began a second career with Forest Haven in 2007 until her final retirement, at merely 78 years of age. Mary’s time there was like no other, she felt she was surrounded by family. 

Mary loved politics and later in life was active within the provincial and federal campaign scene. Her memory for people and their stories was remarkable. Her compassion and empathy were limitless – she always took the time to listen; to hear what you had to say and, at times, offer sound advice. It was commonplace for a stranger to tell her their life story when they first met, and often while Harry was waiting in the car.

Her quick wit and sense of humour meant she was never at a loss for words. Always an advocate for those she believed were being treated unfairly or rudely. Beware the rude person when Mary was within earshot.

An incredibly strong woman, in spirit and in faith, she often credited this to the examples her parents set, whom she loved dearly. Music and painting brought her much joy and peace; she felt music was life sustaining.

She leaves behind her three children Andrea (Dan), Steven, and Casey (Peter), brother Patrick (Sheila), sister Joan (late Vincent) and stepson Mark (Dawn). Grandchildren, Garrett, Kate, Abby, Kirsten, Brogan, Alyssa, and Krishna Jivani. She was predeceased by her loving husband Harry and stepsons Sean and David. 

“I was loved, and loved in return.”

Funeral Services will be held at St. Anne’s Parish, Glace Bay on August 14th, 2023, at 2 pm. followed by a small reception at the church. Burial will be at Forest Haven Memorial Gardens on Grand Lake Rd. 

"In lieu of flowers please make a donation to your local Food Bank or to the Heart & Stroke Foundation."

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