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Obituary of Elizabeth Balcome
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On a summer evening in 1923, just before sunset, Annie and Alex MacInnes welcomed their third child, Elizabeth Mima. Elizabeth’s parents were farmers in Glencoe, East River. Throughout the decades of her life Elizabeth reflected on the closeness and caring of their family and her deep love and bond with her parents and her three sisters. A lifelong learner, keen and focused at whatever task she approached, she did it all well. With a strong work ethic she ventured into the workplace in the 1940’s first as a teacher, and then as staff at the federal employment office and later Nova Scotia Power from where she retired. Elizabeth spoke often of how blessed she was to be married to Ron, and the years they had together before his passing in 1996. A kind, caring, and compassionate woman with a strong faith she lived each day with gratitude. Her faith was the North Star of her being. She believed that faith and prayer assisted with challenges in life and that when we experience despair we must believe there is hope. She was a loyal member of Trinity United Church. Elizabeth was the epitome of a loving mother. Her daughter, Anne, received top marks from Elizabeth when David became her son- in- law. However, the best gift which David and Anne gave to her was her grandson, Andrew, whom she loved dearly. When Elizabeth spoke of others it was always with kindness. She loved life and felt blessed to have reached her centennial birthday this summer. She had a quick sense of humour and a keen memory until the end. She passed away peacefully on a beautiful autumn morning. The sun had risen. She was dressed and prepared for the day, ready for her next journey. Elizabeth was the last surviving sibling of the “MacInnes sisters”, Allene (Art), Christene (Jim) and Beulah (Frank). Elizabeth is loved forever by her daughter Anne, son-in-law David, and grandson Andrew. Her nieces Arla (Fred), Bette (Ross) and her nephew David (Nancy) and their families. Elizabeth was grateful for the excellent care from her physician of many years, Dr. Kirk. As well, she was appreciative to have had Linda assist her in recent years. Her life was enhanced by your presence and caring heart. When we think of how Elizabeth lived her life, the choral music written by the British composer, John Rutter “Look at the World”, reflects how she saw each day. Elizabeth requested a private family graveside service. Her wishes have been fulfilled.
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