PEDERSEN – Marjorie Louise , 79, of Bridgewater, formerly of Victoria, BC and Liverpool, passed away peacefully February 9th, 2011 in Harbour View Haven, Luenburg.
Born in Liverpool, she was a daughter of the late Fred and Jessie (Feener) Stafford.
Marjorie’s life encompassed raising her three girls while pursuing her own career. Early on, she worked as a telephone operator and florist as well as a pharmacy assistant and home support worker. She became an LPN and was one of the original care workers when Queens Manor opened its doors. She was a personal care worker at Cartier House, Home For The Aged in Coquitlam, BC. Her hobbies included ceramics, curling, sewing, knitting, reading mystery novels and music.
She courageously moved west to BC in 1982 after 51 years in Liverpool. As she continued her nursing career, she met and married Fred Pedersen. Together, they retired to Victoria where she remained active in arts and crafts, sewing and curling. She finally retired to good old Nova Scotia in 2005, settling in Bridgewater, which enabled her to reunite with life-long friends and family members.
Marjorie will be remembered for her twinkling blue eyes, her jokes and pranks and the laughter that followed as well as her love of music. Always ready for fun with great friends, she’d grab anyone who would dance to come “Boogie” with her! She was a daughter, sister, wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and friend; she was a “shining star”.
She is survived by her daughters Sandy Tonello-Greenfield of Richmond, BC and Crystal (Alton) Smith of Mersey Point. Grandchildren Kerri Nickerson (John MacNeil) of Halifax, Stephen Nickerson of Summerville, Macartney Tonello-Greenfield of Vancouver, BC, Hayleigh Smith of Mersey Point and great-granddaughter Olivia MacNeil of Halifax. Brother Merrill (Elsie) Stafford of Bridgewater, sisters Grace (Jim) McAvoy of Halifax and Reta (Glenn) Joudrey of Windsor as well as many nieces and nephews..
She was predeceased by her first husband Ledo Tonello, her second husband Fred Pedersen, daughter Patricia Nickerson, son-in-law Michael Nickerson, brothers Arnold and Richard Stafford and sister Evelyn Wilson.
Cremation has taken place under the direction of Chandlers’ Funeral Home, Liverpool where a memorial service will be held Friday, February 25th, 2011 at 11:00 a.m.. Family flowers only, donations may be made to Heart and Stroke Foundation of Nova Scotia, Canadian Cancer Society or the Alzheimer Society of Nova Scotia. Online condolences may be made to www.chandlersfuneral.com
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I too was one of the first ones to work at Queens Manor, so was there at the same time Marjorie was. There was Betty Lohnes, Betty Smart, Dorothy Peverill and Marjorie and it was a hoot to work with them as you never knew what trouble they were going to get into; all harmless and so much fun. She was a real credit to the staff there. My sympathy to the family.
Deb and Chuck Sponagle-Taylor
Sandy,Crystal and Family ,we are so sorry for your loss and so soon after Mike, It seems so much to take in .
Hold each other close girls and we will be hugging you soon.
God Bless and keep you strong,
may you smile with fond memories in the days to come.
Sally and Robert Fader
Dear Crystal and family:
So sorry to hear about Marjorie’s death. She was a great person, fun to be around and did love a good joke. You and your Mum, having rented from us for about 8 years, were just like two of the family. We always enjoyed you both very much. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this very difficult time.
Sherri & Walter Miller
Crystal/Sandy and families.We were sorry to hear of Marjories passing.You have all been through so much in such a short time,Our condolences to you all and our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time
Valerie & Roger Wilcox
Dear Crystal and family,
So sorry to learn of your mother’s sudden passing.You have had a difficult month dealing with so much sorrow.Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Please accept our sincere sympathy.
Sandy, Crystal and families….I was saddened to hear of Marjorie’s passing. May you find comfort and strength in the loved ones and friends who surround you during this difficult time, and may the many fond and loving memories bring peace to your heart.
Sandy,Crystal and families—- I was surprised and saddened when I heard of the passing of Marjorie. But I also remember with a smile the fun Marjorie, Dick,Marilyn and my Mom and Dad had . My sympathies are with you and your families and share the great loss you feel with the loss of your Mother.
Linda & Robert Trainor
Dear Crystal and family,
So sorry to hear of your Mom’s passing. May you all keep all the memories of the good times you’ve spent with her. My thoughts and prayers are with you all in this differcult time. God Bless.
Linda & Robert
Heather &Ross Whynot
Crystal & Family ,so sorry to hear about your Mom.thinking of you .
Hello Crystal, Sandy, McCartney, Stephen and Kerri, and great-grandchild… sorry Kerri, I don’t know her name…
Together with my parents Grace Stafford and James McAvoy, and my brother Bill, we offer you our thoughts and prayers. Like many, our lasting memories of Marjorie are fun-loving, joking, always teasing … and her other side… caring loving and devoted to her family.
Traveling for my mom is getting difficult so we won’t be able to make the memorial service, but we want you to know we will be there in spirit and always hold Marjorie close to our hearts.
– Grace, James, Fred & Bill and our extended famillies…
Our memories will long live on, even after our footprints in the sand have gone. I will miss you Nanny, but I know there are some BEAUTIFUL people up there waiting to see you. Oh Lord… I hope you know how to dance!!
Hugh & Pat Dixon
Stephen & Kerri & family,
Sorry to hear of your grandmother’spassing.Thinking of you at this difficult time.
I was saddened by Aunt Marjorie’s passing — so soon after Michael’s — can’t imagine how you all must be feeling.
I’ve been recreating all of the good memories of her. At the party in the great hereafter I can almost hear her demanding the band play something close to the floor!
We’ll see you on Friday if I can possibly arrange it.
Love Cousin Jill
fred & ruby
Tammy & Chris
Sorry to hear about your aunt, our thoughts are with you both.
Fred & Ruby
Donna and David Dicks
Sorry to hear of your loss. Sincere sympathy to the family.
Peggy Kelley &Bernadette Manthorne(Kelley)
Our thoughts and prayers are with you all in your time of sorrow.
Gail & Andy Jeeves
Sandy, Crystal & Alton, and all the Family.
So sorry for the loss of your Mom. Our thoughts will be with you tomorrow. I will always remember the wonderful times with your Mom and Pat and Mike on my first summer in the Maritimes, and of course all the great times we had when you moved out west. Aunt Marjorie wil be remembered with fondness and love.
TO MARJORIE’S FAMILY I AM SO VERY SORRY TO HEAR OF HER PASSING!!!SHE WAS A VERY FUNNY LADY AND WILL BE MISSED BY ALL WHO KNEW HER!!!
Sandy Crystal & Families
There were alot of fun times with Aunt Marjorie she could always make us laugh and you never knew what she was up too.
Our thoughts are with you at this time.
Kiel, Kelsey & Chris
Hugs to you all
Betty-Anne, Dennis and family
Crystal, Sandy and families
So sorry to hear of Aunt Marjorie’s passing. She was one of a kind. She enjoyed life to the fullest and always made you laugh. I will always be indebted to her for the time and love she gave my Mother when she was in BC. She gave us some wonderful memories we will always cherish. Bless you with peace.
Vernon & Joyce Hawkes
Crystal and family.
So sorry for your loss. She was a one of a kind Lady.
We always enjoyed her at the lake. She made
us smile and I know she enjoyed life and her family.
I worked with your mum at Queens Manor,she was a great person.you could count on lots of laughter when she was on.i never thought anyone could come up with so many little jokes and getups as i seen her do.SHE WAS A GREAT PERSON ALL THE WAY AROUND. ALL THE BEST TO HER FAMILY .
Crystal & family
So sorry to hear of your Mom’s passing. You have had such a difficult month. Marjorie was such fun, always ready to laugh. We were sorry that we were away and couldn’t be at her service but our thoughts and prayers are with all of you.