Obituary of Mary Eleanor McNally
The McNally Family is saddened to announce the sudden passing of their dear mother, Eleanor, at her residence in Saint John, NB on Thursday, March 28, 2019. Only 4 days earlier, she had celebrated a very happy 94th birthday with family members. Eleanor is survived by her younger sister Mary Toone (the late Bob), her older brother Cletus (Stella) and sister in law Evelyne. She is also survived by her 9 children Catherine, Pat (Colleen), Tom (Anne Marie), Joan (Tom, the late Ben), Stephen (Fiona), Mary (the late Ken), Carol, Jamie (Shelley), Margie (Ed), 19 grandchildren, 8 great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her parents, husband and younger brothers Chuck and Ken (Jean).
Born in Bathurst NB, to the late Jack and Nellie (Doucet) Kennah, she worked as a registered nurse before marrying her late husband Patrick McNally and moving to Quebec where they settled in Chateauguay and brought up their family. Widowed in 1981, she moved back to New Brunswick in 2003 dividing her time between Saint John and Bathurst. She was a loving daughter, sister, wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother. She had an adventurous spirit and enjoyed travelling the world with family. Her greatest pleasure in latter years was enjoying her summers at Youghall Beach. Walking the sandbars, playing board games and regaling all with interesting stories, was always the highlight of warm summer days.
She was the heart of our family, a friend and confidante to many and a woman of deep and abiding faith. Eleanor's keen insights, thoughtful observations, and kindly concern for others will be sorely missed by those whose lives she touched.
Funeral arrangements are in the hands of Brenan’s Funeral Home, 111 Paradise Row, Saint John (634-7424). A Mass of Christian Burial will take place on Saturday, April 6 from Holy Redeemer Parish at 1:00 PM.
Donations in her memory may be made to the Imperial Theatre, the Cathedral Restoration Fund, Fresh Start Services, Romero House, or to the charity of your choice.
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