Obit.: Nelson, Marjorie Elizabeth [nee Patterson]

Chronicle Herald, Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Nelson (Patterson) Marjorie Elizabeth, age 82, Amherst and Halifax, passed
away peacefully on July 26, 2013, on Northwood Centre, Halifax. Marjorie was
born in Five Islands, Colchester Co., to the late Bruce Trevon and Phyllis
(Taylor) Patterson. Marjorie was a dedicated school teacher, teaching grade
two students in West Highlands School in Amherst for 33 years and
influencing many young lives. With husband Ken, Marjorie led a busy, happy
life. They spent many years square and round dancing, even going to New
Zealand and Australia on a square dancing tour. Marjorie and Ken co-owned
Nelson and Nelson Maple Products in Fenwick, Cumberland Co. on a family
property that had been worked by Ken's father. She was involved with the
Maple Producer's Association of Nova Scotia, the Federation of Nova Scotia
Naturalists, the Pythian Sisters and in an Amherst seniors' bowling league
and rug hooking club. She and Ken enjoyed summers on the Minas Basin in
Lower Five Islands. Creative in many ways, Marjorie was always ready to try
new crafts and adventures. She painted in watercolours, hooked rugs, helped
organize many family reunions and enjoyed bowling. She loved having bonfires
at the beach and making twisters dipped in honey for everyone there. She
welcomed everyone with open arms at the maple sugar camp and in the summer
days at Port Howe and Five Islands. She is survived by her husband, Harold
Kensil Nelson; siblings, Donald Patterson (Patricia) and Ruth Van Iderstine;
daughter, Donna (David) Holt and son, Jeffrey (Suzanne) Nelson; adores
grandchildren, Laura Nelson, Claire Holt (Nathan King), and Ben Holt, Doris
(Harold) Patterson and Margaret Bentum; sisters and brother-in-law from her
Nelson family; many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her siblings,
Shirley (Art) King, Harold Patterson, Bernard (Ethel) Patterson; beloved
grandchildren, Alex and Eric Nelson; brother-in-law, Fred Van Iderstine. A
celebration of Marjorie's life will be held in Northwood Penthouse Friday,
August 2 at 6 p.m. Special thanks to the staff of the 3rd floor of Northwood
Centre for their dedication and compassion throughout her stay. Donations
may be made to the Canadian Diabetes Society.

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