Marjorie MacKay

Obituary of Marjorie Christine MacKay

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Marjorie Christine MacKay It is with heavy hearts we announce the passing off Marjorie “Mama” Christine Mackay (Palmer) on April 19h, 2023 in Palliative Care, Aberdeen Hospital. Marjorie, born and raised in Bridgeville, moved to Vancouver BC with her husband and their son Douglas in 1969, returning in 1973. During that time, the family expanded to include a “chosen son” Albert MacLean and a daughter, Susan. Mama’s love and devotion for her family and friends was what gave her purpose and always the priority. With her passion for knitting, the yarn collection became the envy of any fellow knitter or retail outlet store. Her “need for speed” was present while enjoying Nascar races, attending several in New Hampshire with her family and cheering on Dale Earnhardt Jr. In addition to racing, curling was also a sport she enjoyed, watching the professionals and armchair coaching them on how to make the shots. Frequent road trips to support Susan playing various sports was also an opportunity for her to contribute to her coaching career, often travelling with her assistant coach, Janet. “Live a Little” was a mantra Mama often shared with her family, taking Susan, Douglas, Jeremy, and Jana, along with many family members or friends, to the DQ for a treat. This tradition has been passed on thru the generations and “Live a Little” is often heard on any given day. Dressing up for Halloween, attending dances and scaring the locals, was a time of the year she always looked forward to. Her enthusiasm for Halloween was passed down to family and friends who also enjoyed or participated in the antics. Mama often told stories that Douglas was “the easy one” while Susan kept her and Jack on their toes, creating those character-building moments. Marjorie was not a pet lover initially but after being introduced to her grand “fur babies”, her heart was captured, and the grand fur babies experienced Christmas almost daily and received her love and affection. Mama’s 34-year career at Sobeys Inc created lifelong friendships and many unforgettable memories. Her dedication to her family also transposed to her work family. “Mama” is still talked about around desks at Sobeys Head Office today with funny stories being shared and admiration in the eyes of the storyteller. Marjorie will be deeply missed by all who loved her. She is survived by her sons and daughter, Douglas MacKay (Barb), Susan Muirhead (Fred), Albert MacLean (Jill), sister Janet Shaw (John), grandson Ethan Archibald (Elyse) and great grandbaby to arrive in September. Nieces and nephews, Jeremy Shaw (Charlene), Jana Cleary, Laurie Palmer (Gayle), Terry Palmer (Carla), Kim Frenette (Luc), Cory Palmer (Cathy), Tristan & Rebecca Shaw, Mollie Cleary and sister-in-law, Muriel Palmer. The family wishes to extend their heartfelt gratitude to the VON, 5th Floor Transitional Care, Palliative Care and EHS Services. A celebration of life will be held on Sunday April 23rd from 1pm – 4pm at the Bluenose Curling Club, 234 Park Street, New Glasgow. Words of comfort to be said by Rev. Glen Matheson at 2:30pm. All are welcome. Donations in Marjorie’s memory can be made to the Pictou County United Way at “When someone you love becomes a memory, the memory becomes a treasure”

Celebration of Life

1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Sunday, April 23, 2023
Bluenose Curling Club
234 Park Street
New Glasgow, Nova Scotia, Canada


Donations in Marjorie's memory may be made to the Pictou County United Way at
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Marjorie MacKay

1946 - 2023

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