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Ward; Lillian Elizabeth “Marie”

Posted By Obits On March 24, 2021 @ 10:13 am In Obituaries | 72 Comments

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Ward – Lillian Elizabeth “Marie”, age 83, of Middleton, Annapolis County, formerly of Milton, Queens County, passed away on Saturday, March 20th, 2021, at Orchard Villa, in Middleton, N.S..
Born in Lunenburg, Marie was the daughter of the late Wilbert and Lillian (Snow) Risser.
Marie worked for many years as a personal care worker at Queens Manor and later provided private care to individuals in their own homes. She had a strong faith in God and served as an officer in the Salvation Army, taught Sunday school, and enjoyed singing in the church choir. Marie was actively involved in her community, having served on the local school advisory committee, canvassed for the Canadian Cancer and MS Societies, and volunteered with Mothers Against Drunk Driving. She received an award of merit for her contributions to the Nova Scotia Commission on Drug Dependency.
Marie had many interests; she loved to travel, sing, dance, write poetry, read, sew, and perform with the local theatre group, The Winds of Change. She was a huge fan of country and bluegrass music and spent many weekends volunteering with the Hank Snow Society and attending bluegrass festivals with her dear husband and close friends. Her ‘free’ time was dedicated to her marathon shopping trips with her life-long friend, Judy.
Marie is survived by her loving husband, Gerald; daughters, Karen Ward-Cox (John Cox) of Cole Harbour, Kim Ward of Berwick, Kendra (Jeff) Hall of Conquerall Bank, Kara (John) Colbourne of Middleton; grandchildren, Samantha, Taylor, Jaimee, Jarred, Keegan, Kason, Tyler, Tony; brother, Laverne (Shirley) Risser; fur baby, Stewie, the cat. Marie was considered to be ‘Mom’ or ‘Nanny’ to many who knew her. She was a loving and caring woman who will be missed dearly.
Visitation will be held on Thursday, March 25th, 2021, from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m., and a funeral service will be held on Friday, March 26th, 2021 at 2:00 p.m., both at Chandlers’ Funeral Chapel, Liverpool. Captains Wayne and Betty Anne Pike, of the Salvation Army, will be officiating. Burial will be in the Milton Community Cemetery, Milton. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society. To share memories and condolences, please visit www.chandlersfuneral.com. Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, those attending must bring a mask, provide contact tracing information, hand sanitize, and practice social distancing. Webcasting of Marie’s service will begin at 2:00 p.m.To view, click on the link https://distantlink.com/Chandlers.html

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Condolence from David whynott of mersey point on March 24th, 2021 11:16 am

To Gerald and family we send our condolences at this sad time for your loss.Bless you all.

Condolence from Cathy and Randy Conrad on March 24th, 2021 12:27 pm

To Marie’s family Marie always had a smile and was a very pleasant person. When I saw her she always wanted to catch up on how everyone was doing. She will be missed.

Condolence from Peggyand Richard Hatt on March 24th, 2021 12:37 pm

Dear Gerald and girls, I am so sorry to read that Marie has passed. She was a wonderful person who always had a smile and ready for a good chat whenever our paths crossed. Keep your wonderful memories close to your heart. Take care of each other
Sincerely Peggy and Richard Hatt

Condolence from Faye V Levy on March 24th, 2021 2:03 pm

Gerald, Karen, Kim, Kendra, Kara and Families,
Please accept my Deepest Sympathy on Marie’s passing. Marie and Gerald and you girls were extended family to all of our family. Marie was a dear friend to Mom and sat with her when she was very ill, always there to help. Your Mom and Dad visited with my Mom and Dad on a regular basis as well as keeping in touch by phone…I am eternally grateful for their friendship… Since Marie and Gerald moved to the valley we were keeping in touch on a regular basis via FaceTime and Video Chat…Hold on to all your wonderful memories as they will help get you through this difficult time….She will always be in my heart…Love, Faye

Condolence from Gary & Heather Crossland on March 24th, 2021 2:19 pm

Gerald & Family,
Our Sincere Sympathy Love and Prayers to all of you at this very sad time. Marie will truly be missed and was always a positive person and put all her trust and faith in the Lord no matter the circumstances. May you Rest In Peace our sweet Marie.
Gary and Heather Crossland
Mahone Bay. Nova Scotia.

Condolence from Tracy Crawford on March 24th, 2021 2:30 pm

Gerald, Karen,Kim,Kendra, Kara and families,

Sending my love to you all, Marie was always such a sweet and loving woman, welcoming me and my kids in her life like we were hers. She will always have a special place in my heart

Love from us
Tracy, Tim and Kristina

Condolence from Jeanette Toplis on March 24th, 2021 2:47 pm

Dear Gerald, girls and families. We want to extend our deepest sympathy in the passing of Marie. She was a beautiful lady and always had a smile on her face. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this sad time. Sincerely Jeanette, Joanne and Kevin Toplis.

Condolence from Brian Purdy on March 24th, 2021 2:51 pm

It is with great sadness that we pass along our sincere condolences, to all of Marie’s Family. Marie and Gerald and their children were the best of our next door neighbors, sharing many a good times together. Marie will be sadly missed by all who knew her for her honesty and kindness to all.
Brian, and Bev.

Condolence from Conway on March 24th, 2021 2:54 pm

Karen & families
Our sincere condolences to all of you Marie was a sweet lady. Xo
Pauline & Elsie

Condolence from Vivian Croft (Whynot) on March 24th, 2021 3:26 pm

Gerald and families:

I am so sorry for your loss. Marie was a very kind lady and hold her memory close to your hearts.

Gerald take care of yourself…..we are only a phone call away if you need us.

Condolence from Russell and Gailyn Risser on March 24th, 2021 3:37 pm

We would like to send our condolences to Marie’s family. We always enjoyed our visits from Marie & Gerald, though they were few in numbers but we will cherish her memories, as she was a lovely lady. God bless all of you and hold her precious memories in your hearts forever. Love from Cousin Russell, Maddie and Gailyn.

Condolence from Tim McDonald on March 24th, 2021 3:58 pm

How very, very sad to see that Marie has passed away. She was always so kind, pleasant and friendly and I have fond memories of her at the Liverpool Salvation Army when I was young. Over the years, when she and Gerald came into the shop where I worked in Liverpool, we would always have a conversation to “catch up” on our lives. To Gerald and the family, I am sending a big hug to all of you at this very sad time.

Condolence from Lynn Kempton-Lowe on March 24th, 2021 4:34 pm

Dear Gerald and girls,

I am so sorry to read that Marie has passed away! Your hearts must be broken right now – you’ve lost a treasure!

I have no doubt that Marie is healthy and happy to be with the Lord that she worshipped for so many years and she will be there waiting for you to join her when that time comes. Marie wanted nothing more than to see all of her family give their hearts and lives over to the Saviour that she knew so well.

Marie was beautiful both inside and out. Her beautiful voice touched many people’s hearts, especially when she sang about her Lord. Marie loved to share her faith with others, but she never did it in a way that made others feel uncomfortable. Instead, they left feeling uplifted and fortunate to have a friend who loved and cared about them as deeply as she did.

Marie was the kind of person who welcomed people into her home, and if she was in the middle of a meal, then you could plan on a good cup of tea and an extra place being set at her table. She had such a great sense of humour and was so kindhearted that you always left with a smile on your face and a thankful heart. It was a blessing to have her as a friend.

Gerald and girls, hold every precious memory close to your hearts and know that Marie wouldn’t want you to mourn your loss for the rest of your days, but instead she would want you to remember her with love, and continue that legacy of love as you move forward. Share stories with one another and don’t be afraid to laugh together once again. But, most of all, thank God that you were blessed with such a wonderful wife and mother!

Love and Prayers,

Lynn and family xoxo

Condolence from Murielle and Bernie LeBlanc on March 24th, 2021 4:51 pm

Dear Gerald and Family

Our deepest condolences and we are sending big hugs and prayers your way.!
We were so very lucky to have you Gerald and Marie as very dear friends and will never be forgotten.

Condolence from Charlene Whynot – Reece on March 24th, 2021 6:05 pm

Karen and family
Sorry for you loss condolences to all your family

Condolence from David and Bonnie Hatt on March 24th, 2021 6:11 pm

Gerald and family,Our deepest condolences .You are in our thoughts and prayers.A special lady with a beautiful smile.

Condolence from Darren Horton on March 24th, 2021 6:16 pm

Gerald and the entire family my sincere condolences to all of you.

Condolence from Gertrude Waters on March 24th, 2021 6:29 pm

Gerald and Family, so sorry for your loss.

Condolence from Ashley Mckinnon on March 24th, 2021 6:36 pm

Gerald and family, so sorry for the loss of a wonderful woman, it was great pleasure of being on the side of her growing up for 34 yrs, and she got to see my children,I will hold memories forever and you guys as well,remember are here for you all

Condolence from Corina & Willis Huphman on March 24th, 2021 7:05 pm

To Gerald and family…so sorry for your loss of your wife, mother, sister, grandmother and friend …cherish her memories and they will get you through the days and weeks ahead…she is free from pain walking the streets of gold above…GOD BLESS

Condolence from Tracey and Craig Oickle on March 24th, 2021 7:10 pm

Dear Gerald, Karen, Kim, Kendra, Kara and families, Our deepest condolences to you all during this difficult time. Marie was a very kind and caring person and she will truly be missed. Wishing you all strength and peace during this hard and sad time.

Condolence from Dale and Richard mckinnon on March 24th, 2021 7:16 pm

Gerald and family, Marie was a sweet lady and a wonderful neighbor next door,I will miss her calling for “Stewie” out in the yard,treasure the memories forever now in your guys hearts we are here for you all

Condolence from Ashley Mckinnon on March 24th, 2021 7:18 pm

Gerald and family,growing up next to Marie was a wonderful thing ever happened in 34 years of living next to you guys,I am so glad that she got to meet all 4 of my kids and was told to her auntie,I will always hold my memories of her in my heart especially my brother calling for Gerald in the snowstorm just like Marie would we are here for you all at this sad time

Condolence from Vina Moses on March 24th, 2021 8:59 pm

So saddened to hear of dear Marie’s death. Whàt a loving and special lady. Condolences to her dear husband and her family and many friends. I will miss her at Hank Snow events and country shows.

Condolence from Gordon Eisnor on March 24th, 2021 9:08 pm

Gerald and family: Sincere condolences to you and all your family.

Condolence from MAURICE/BETTY WHYNOTT on March 24th, 2021 9:19 pm

Gerald and girls, so sorry to hear of Marie’s passing. She will be greatly missed but she is with the Lord she loved so much. Our prayers and thoughts are with you .

Condolence from Amanda Dalby on March 24th, 2021 9:42 pm

I was so sorry to read about Marie’a passing. I met Marie (and Gerald) when I worked as a summer student at the Hank Snow Home Town Museum in 2007. I worked there several other summers and continued volunteering and would see Marie at many events, often working together for some shifts at the tribute. She always had the brightest smile and wouldn’t hesitate to give me a hug, ask about university, and then my teaching career. Due to covid the tribute didn’t happen in 2020, and I know her presence will be missed when we are able to hold the event again. Sending love to Gerald.

Condolence from Lorraine Dalby on March 24th, 2021 9:47 pm

I had the pleasure of working with Marie at the Hank Snow tribute many times
What a beautiful person
So sorry for your loss

Condolence from Chuck McLellan on March 24th, 2021 9:57 pm

To the family of the late Marie Ward:
Please accept our sincerest condolences. Our thoughts are with you during this time of loss.

Chuck and Linda McLellan

Condolence from Shirley Neal on March 24th, 2021 10:15 pm

Shirley & Gordon Neal

We would like to express our sincere sympathy to Gerald and family.

Marie was a sincere person and loved by all. She was a very caring person and most of all she was like a sister to me. She spent a lot of time with our family when we were growing up. When our mom and dad had gotten older and were not well, she would stay with them and help care for them. Both she and Gerald would help out in whatever way they could. She would bring a smile on there faces
whenever she arrived.

After we got married and they moved to Jordan Falls we spent a
lot of time together. Marie was always there for me. We had many laughs together.

In later years after they moved to the Valley to be near their children we would Video Chat or call and get all caught up on what was happening in our lives.

“Rest in peace myfriend”

Condolence from John & Nancy Leefe on March 24th, 2021 10:18 pm

Gerald and Family, Nancy and I are very sorry to learn of Marie’s passing. She was a gentle, thoughtful person who brought happiness to many.

Condolence from Joan and Bruce Hawkin on March 24th, 2021 11:34 pm

We are so happy that we met Marie through Kara. She was a wonderful lady and always a happy, positive, uplifting person. We loved her.
Our sincere condolences to dear Gerald, the girls and their families. ❤️

Condolence from Jim & Jacqueline Peach on March 25th, 2021 12:51 am

Gerald & families so sorry to hear this news. Our deepest condolences to you alll. May God give you each the comfort you need to get through this valley.

Condolence from Kathy Basdeo on March 25th, 2021 1:01 am

Gerald and Girls, I send my sincere condolences to you all.
from Prince Rupert BC
Kathy Gallant

Condolence from Susan M MacLeod on March 25th, 2021 8:55 am

Gerald and family

I am saddened to hear of Marie’s passing. She was a fabulous person and one of the most friendly I have experienced. I recall her volunteer time with Able Cable where she produced and presented a children’s program called “Fun With Fours”. We enjoyed working together in that capacity
She will be sadly missed. My sincere condolences

Susan MacLeod

Condolence from April Whynot on March 25th, 2021 9:14 am

Kara, Kendra, Kim, Karen and Gerald,
So sorry to hear of Marie’s passing. Wishing you comfort at this difficult time.
April Whynot

Condolence from Diane Raynard White on March 25th, 2021 9:14 am

Sending sincere condolences to Gerald and family , so very sorry for your loss. Thinking of you all

Diane and Donald White
And the family of Tom Raynard

Condolence from Mervin Bernadette Hartlen on March 25th, 2021 9:18 am

Gerald and Family, so saddened to hear of Marie’s passing, such a lovely lady. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Condolence from Dianne Wolfe – Wamboldt on March 25th, 2021 9:43 am

Gerald & family

Thinking of you all at this sad time. Whenever we met, Marie was always ready for a chat and a smile. She loved to laugh. Hold her memories close, and may each of you be the strength each other needs, especially for your father right now.

Take care…..

Condolence from Richard and JUDY on March 25th, 2021 12:05 pm

Richard and Judy Morrison

Gerald and family we send our deepest condolences during this difficult time Marie was wonderful person and a true friend and she will be missed by all who knew her you are in our thoughts and prayers

Condolence from Linda Lucier on March 25th, 2021 12:36 pm

Richard and family. I’m very saddened to hear of Marie’s passing. . I’m sure she will be missed so very much. I can still hear her singing “Climb Every Mountain” in the Sound Of Music. She about brought the house down. She’s singing with the angels now. Sincerely .. Linda.

Condolence from Madonna Rowlands (John’s mom) on March 25th, 2021 12:45 pm

Gerald and Family
So sorry to hear about the passing of Marie. Please take comfort in each during this sad time.

Condolence from Linda and Robert Wheatley on March 25th, 2021 12:52 pm

Kara and family

Our condolence to you and your family. So sorry to hear about your mothers passing. During sad times families pull together and comfort each other.

Condolence from Madonna Rowlands (John’s mom) on March 25th, 2021 12:57 pm

Gerald and Family

So sorry to hear about the passing of Marie. Please take comfort in each during this sad time.

Condolence from Linda and Robert Wheatley on March 25th, 2021 1:01 pm

Kara and family

Our deepest condolences to you and your family. We were saddened to hear about the passing of your mom.

Condolence from Norma on March 25th, 2021 1:08 pm

I offer my sympathy for your mothers death. You will miss her. If I can do anything for you just let me know.

Condolence from Valerie & Roger Wilcox on March 25th, 2021 1:41 pm

Gerald & family,
We were so sorry to read that Marie had passed.Fond memories are recalled at Zion United and the Sunday School years! It now seems so long ago! Marie was always so pleasant! Thinking of you all at this difficult time. Please accept our sincere sympathy.

Condolence from Willard and Peggy Woodworth on March 25th, 2021 3:37 pm

Gerald and family,
We are very sorry to hear about Marie.
Thinking of you at this sad time.

Condolence from Deborah Wolfe on March 25th, 2021 3:58 pm

Gerald and family,
I am sorry to hear about Marie passing. I will miss our little chats on face time. Marie was a very warm women and try to help everyone. I will miss Marie alot.

Condolence from Shirley Neals on March 25th, 2021 5:45 pm

RIP dear lady..you were a joy to work with at Queens Manor and a dear soul to know! God bless your family during this time of sorrow.

Condolence from Bob fralic on March 25th, 2021 6:02 pm

Gerald, sending my condolences to you and your family.

Condolence from Melody Robinson on March 25th, 2021 8:04 pm

Kara, Gerald and family,
My heart breaks for you all. Marie was such a kind and caring lady with a heart full of love. Know you are all in my thoughts and prayers.
Love you xoxo
Melody and Wayne Robinson

Condolence from Wannetta Cernaz (Whynot) on March 25th, 2021 10:03 pm

My heart felt condolences to family and friends.

Condolence from Cathy Parnell on March 25th, 2021 11:08 pm

I would like to send my sincere condolences to her husband and all her daughters and their families.

Condolence from Myra Colbourne on March 25th, 2021 11:52 pm

“They whom we love and lose are no longer where they were before. They are now wherever we are.” Take comfort by sharing stories and reminisce about the beautiful memories you all shared together, you will both laugh and cry, but it helps to ease the pain. I feel fortunate to have known such a beautiful lady.

Condolence from ELLEN on March 26th, 2021 9:17 am

Gerald and family We are so sorry to hear of Maries passing..We go back a few years.She will be missed for her testimoney. .Praying for the family at this time.é

Condolence from Lynn Wamboldt on March 26th, 2021 9:36 am

My condolences to Mrs.Ward’s family. Kendra, I always enjoyed going to your house as a child and hearing your mother singing in the kitchen. Hugs to all.

Condolence from Pamela Oliver on March 26th, 2021 10:46 am

To the Ward family,

As you honour and remember your loved one today – take comfort in knowing you have the support and love of God and a caring community and friends. Take care.

Pamela Oliver, Milton
Christian Oliver, Herring Cove

Condolence from Paula Colbourne on March 26th, 2021 1:18 pm

Kara, Gerald and family,

So sorry to hear your loss. Marie was a beautiful lady, inside and out. You all are in my thoughts at this difficult time. God Bless

Condolence from The Rideout family,Gloria, Liz and David on March 26th, 2021 3:25 pm

Sorry for your loss ,Marie a gentle soul from time she was born I think It was a joy to see the love between Marie and Gearld, she will be truly missed.

Condolence from Clark and Sandra Hebb on March 26th, 2021 3:34 pm

To Gerald and Family , so sorry for your loss, please accept our sincere condolences.. Always enjoyed our conversations about the weather and the Hank Snow event that was coming up . Think about all your happy times and may they help ease the pain of your loss.

Condolence from Donna Sabean on March 26th, 2021 3:45 pm

Kara, I am so sorry to hear of your Mum’s passing. My sincere condolences to you, your Dad and family’

Condolence from Debbie Burgess on March 26th, 2021 4:46 pm

Kara and family .You have my condolence in the sad passing of your Mom enjoy and share your memories
God Bless Debbie.

Condolence from Terry & Stephanie Hurrell on March 26th, 2021 5:06 pm

Dear Gerald and family:

Our memories of Marie go back to the mid 1970’s when we were involved with Winds of Change in Liverpool. I was music director when Marie gave an extremely fine performance of the Mother Abbess in “The Sound of Music.” Her memorable singing of “Climb Every Mountain” thrilled everyone who heard it. She and some of the girls were involved in other musicals such as “Fiddler on the Roof”, “Guys & Dolls” “Once Upon a Mattress”. Wonderful memories! God bless you all. Terry & Stephanie Hurrell.

Condolence from Beverly and Mike Llewellyn on March 26th, 2021 6:15 pm

Gerald…please accept our condolences. You are in our thoughts and prayers in these difficult times.

Condolence from Dick Cole on March 27th, 2021 8:11 am


Condolence from Cathy Truelove on March 27th, 2021 11:01 am

Dear Gerald and Family
Our deepest Condolences. Marie was truly an earth Angel. She will be dearly missed by so many. I will miss her evening messages and bright loving smile and how she always had time to chat and bring light to others. Heaven has become brighter and her love will live on inside of all of you forever. Much love and Prayers. Cathy Truelove and Dale Sewers
and Cynthia and Larry Truelove xoxo

Condolence from Sally Fader on March 27th, 2021 8:16 pm

Dear Gerald & family:
So sorry to hear about Marie. We were in school together and I always enjoyed her friendship. I hadn’t seen her for many years, but thought of her often. Sending my sincere condolences at this very sad and difficult time.

Condolence from Terry Deter on March 28th, 2021 12:52 pm

Gerald and family,
Very sorry for your loss. My deepest condolences.

Condolence from Terry Dexter on March 28th, 2021 12:52 pm

Gerald and family,
Very sorry for your loss. My deepest condolences.

Condolence from Cindy&Theodore Hanley on March 29th, 2021 11:47 am

Gerald and family
Very sorry to have learned that Marie had passed.. she was a wonderful lady.
Always ready for a good chat.please know that you are all in our thoughts and prayers.Hold on to your memories.

Condolence from Brad MacLeod on March 29th, 2021 4:40 pm

Karen / Kim / Kendra and Kara,

So sorry to hear of the passing of your mom. She was a truly warm and gentle woman. My thoughts and prayers will be with you as you mourn the loss of this sweet lady.

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