Gertrude Lillian ‘Gertie’ Coffin
COFFIN, Gertrude Lillian
« Gertie » – We are so sad to inform of
the death of our mom, Gertie (Ryan) Coffin, at St. Martha’s Hospital
on Sunday, September 8, 2019, after a brief battle with cancer. Mom
was born to Fred and Edna (Warner) Ryan 85 years ago in Port
Hawkesbury. She was the last surviving member of her family. She was
predeceased by her husband, Alva; also by her sisters, Irene Murray,
Stella MacMaster, Kaye Murphy, Betty Murphy and by her brothers,
Ernest, Henry, Gardiner and Freddie
Surviving are her daughters, Debbie Coffin (Guy Beaulieu),
Timberlea; Joanne Coffin (Jim Fry), Port Hawkesbury; grandchildren,
Nicole, Kerry, Aidan and Josh. Also her cherished friend, Marie and
her husband, Howard MacKinnon.
Mom had many adventures during her life. She loved to fish
and she and dad spent lots of time in their camper at their favourite
fishing spots. She also became interested in the fiddle and gave
fiddle lessons and started the Strait Area Scottish Strings Society
which she was so proud of. She loved to travel with her daughters and
the three had many trips together from the British Isles to Vegas and
a few spots in between; a great trip to Disney with her kids and again
with her grandchildren, a wonderful trip which we all loved. In later
years she got into making quilts and made many for family and friends.
Her summers were spent in PEI – dad’s home, at the « old
school » near Fortune Bridge. So many good times there with our
families and friends. She was mom to us but was a mother and aunt and
Nan to so many who wanted her advice, hugs or just her common sense
and we didn’t mind sharing her. She will be missed but left us all
with great memories.
We would like to thank all the health care staff involved
with mom’s care – you were so helpful through a difficult time for mom
and made her last weeks a little easier.
Cremation has taken place. A celebration of her life will be
held on Saturday, September 14, 2019, in Dennis Haverstock Funeral
Home, Port Hawkesbury. Visitation from 12 to 2 p.m. with a short
service at 2 p.m. with a light lunch to follow. Burial at a later date
in Bay Fortune United Church Cemetery, Bay Fortune, PEI. No flowers
please just your good thoughts and memories. Memorial donations may be
made to the Canadian Cancer Society. Words of comfort may be forwarded
to the family at www.haverstocks.com.
We had hoped
to have her a few months longer but her pain is over now. Love you
mom…. you gave us a great
Nos plus sincères sympathies à la famille et aux amis de Gertrude Lillian ‘Gertie’ Coffin..
Décès pour la Ville: Port-Hawkesbury, Province: Nova Scotia