Helen Ivy

Date de décès:
jeudi 2 mai 2019

White Family Funeral Home, NS

Helen Ivy Schofield 1926-2019 Helen Ivy Schofield was born in Kentville, Nova Scotia, to Beverly Aaron Young and Lillian Jane Legge on 25 September 1926 and departed at Mountain Lea Lodge in Bridgetown at 2 May 2019, with Rick Young in attendance. Her older brother was Frederick Blanchard Bud Young who predeceased her on 4 July 2005. She grew up on Oakdene Avenue until she went to Truro where she trained to be a nurse. She returned to Oakdene Avenue to start a career at the BFM Hospital. In the early 1950s she married and built a home down the street from her parents, at 162 Oakdene Avenue. This was next door to the former home of her grandfather, Frederick Welton Young, a place where she, as a little girl, despite her mother's objections, attended the funeral of her favourite aunt and best friend, Eileen Young, who was killed in a tragic car collision with a train at the Pereau Crossing in 1935. Hon, Honey, Scoffie, or Honey Bunch were all names given to her by her co-workers, patients, family and friends through the years. As a maternity nurse on the night shift at the BFM, there were many friends of her nephews Gary, Richard and Kevin Young, who like them, had passed through her arms at birth. She was a prodigious worker, spending many days and weekends, picking strawberries, blueberries and apples and turning them into a pie or a grunt. There were also her glorious peanut butter and marsh mellow squares that were in a category all by themselves. Helen retired from the BFM Hospital but after taking up curling and even learning how to play the organ, something her blind uncle Les Young did so well, she longed through necessity and love to return to her vocation - nursing. This she did when she went to work at Palmeter's Nursing Home, later known as Evergreen. She was an avid bingo, crib and auction forty-five player, often travelling with another nurse, Alice Daigle, a BFM life-long friend, to many games in White Rock, Port Williams and around. She was known for the quality and quantity of the baby sets that she knitted, frequently to sell as fund raisers for various organizations and sometimes documented in the local newspaper. It was a life well lived until a freak winter gust, an open car door and a slippery driveway combined to knock her down and rob her of her physical abilities in her mid-eighties but not her memories. And what a memory she had of the lives of those on Oakdene Avenue, of her co-workers and of all her family. She was a woman who loved to tease and enjoyed laughing always bent forward if it was a good one and ever ready to give a helping hand. She frequently drove Lethe Aalders to stay at the Rainbow Ranch in Nashville with Min. During every visit, she and Lethe went to the Grand Ole Opry and were seated on stage and introduced by Hank Snow during his performance as his wife's aunt and cousin from Nova Scotia, they are good people. For Hon, life was a cookie jar into which she freely and frequently put jokes, help for a friend, a stern or harsh word, if deserved, and kindnesses much like her father had put a silver dollar in a cookie jar for her, every pay day when she was growing up. She kept this jar, and the silver dollars in it, her whole life. There was another trait she had. She frequently went to nurse and be at the bedside of those in her family when they died - particularly George and Beatrice MacKenzie in River John and would have been for her dear cousin Mabel MacKenzie in 2017 if she could. This trait was passed on to Rick, who was there at the deaths of his parents, Bud and Joyce, and now for Hon. A grateful family recognizes and will long remember how well he took care of our Aunt Hon, shouldering all the hard decisions. The hardest decision was removing her from her home to a place where she could be protected from the accidents of her condition. And in that condition, her most frequent refrain was - I am going home to mom and dad. Home to Oakdene Avenue, a place she never left. Welcome home Hon, Honey, Scoffe, or Honey Bunch, to the place where you will always be found. Others left to remember her are grand nephews and nieces: Aaron and Nathan Young, Kaylee and Kelsey Young, Amie and Jamie Young. Her nephews along with their wives Monique, Marilee and Anne want to express their gratitude to Aunt Hon's care givers through the years: the VON, nurses and doctors at Digby General Hospital and Valley Regional Hospital, to the staff at Mountain Lea Lodge where she spent her last years and to the care given to her during her homecoming by the White Family Funeral Home in Kentville. Cremation has taken place and there will be no visitation, by request. A graveside service will be held at 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 7, 2019 in the Elm Grove Cemetery, Steam Mill, Kings County. Donations in memory may be made to Mountain Lea Lodge. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the White Family Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Kentville. White Family Funeral Home, NS, 2019-05-06

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