Feltham, Bonita Jean, 79.
It is with great sadness that we announce the sudden passing of our mother, Bonnie on December 28th in North Queens Nursing Home.
Born in Springhill, she was raised in the small community of Windom Hill by her parents, Idavim (Herrett) and Archibald Lewis until she met and married Vaughn Eric Feltham, a young sailor in the Canadian Navy in 1960. Mom and Dad lived most of their lives in Nova Scotia except for a short posting in Quebec. Being a military wife is never an easy job but Mom took it in stride and managed to not only “mother” her five children, but a great deal of our friends. There always seemed to be a few extra people around the table for Mom’s Sunday suppers. She was known for her love of feeding all those who entered her home and no one ever left hungry. Mom also had a love of animals which was beneficial since we were always bringing home strays that were supposed to be “ours” but always ended up being hers.
Our mother learned about the importance of family in that little house on Windham Hill. The youngest of three sisters and one brother, Arnold who sadly died as an infant. Mom was very close to her family even though visits “back home” were not as frequent as she wished and traveling with a car load of young children is a daunting task.
Can you imagine, having five children in your first 8 years of marriage? Allen (Pat) was the first to arrive and then along came Laurie….Allen was not impressed. Then there was Eva (Steven), the little “mother” of the bunch. Laurie was not impressed with them being dressed the same. And then there was Mark (Lorraine)…the “bad” one. Some of his antics are legend in our family. And then there was me, Yvonne(Mark). The spoiled one. Yup. I will own that and the fact I gave Mom most of her grey hair.
Mom experienced losses in her life. Her sister, Shirley Irene in September 1983 was hard for my mother. Shirley was only 49 years old. The loss of her mother, Idavim just three years later was her hardest trial. Her father, Archibald left this world in 1991. With both parents departed mom threw herself into her growing family, welcoming sons-in-law, daughters-in-law and grandchildren. In 2010, her remaining sister, Dorothy “June” passed away.
Mom never lost her faith during the years that followed. She spoiled her grandchildren…Eric, Terra Jean (Chris), Jessica (Russell), Alex, Stephanie (Raymond), Kylea (Kyle), Benjamin, Carter, Mitchell, and Andrew. And then her great-grandchildren….Parker, Wyatt, Chase, Marcus, Wesley, Reddick, Max, Elena, Rhilynn, and Madilynn.
Mom’s world was her family and she had a big, noisy, feisty one even though they were spread around the country. Mom and dad’s home is papered in pictures. There was always room for more. She may not have been able to meet all those great-grandchildren but she loved them all.
On August 25th, 2018, mom’s world changed forever. Laurie Lynn, her eldest daughter lost her battle with cancer. Mom seemed to dim after that. Her memory began to slip. Her health began to deteriorate. Her heart was broken and on the morning of December 28th, she passed peacefully in her sleep. Though we are heartbroken we know she is at peace.
There will be no funeral service or visitation. Cremation has taken place by Chandlers’ Funeral Home in Liverpool, NS. No flowers at family request instead, please make a donation to the SPCA or your local food bank. Continue Mom’s love of animals and her need to feed people.
Feltham, Bonita Jean, 79.