After a life well lived, Muriel Delia Christina Martin (nee MacMaster) beloved daughter of Ida (Ferguson) and Abner MacMaster, passed away on February 4, 2019, in her 100th year, in Guysborough at the Milford Haven Nursing Home for Special Care.
Born in Port Shoreham Guysborough County, Muriel was the last remaining sibling of her immediate family, predeceased by her sister Margaret and brothers, Abner, Bruce and John, and by her husband, Earle, and her daughter Dianne. She is survived by her sons Robert and Alan, daughters, Sharon (Wendy), and Sr. Miriam Martin PVBM; grandchildren Liam Martin, Sandi, Heidi and Robert Smith; great grandchildren Luke, Samuel, Kaïah, along with nieces Janice Kitchen, Shirley, (Ken Laufer) Joan (Tom Chisholm), nephews, John (Sandi), Neil, and Gary (Elaine) MacMaster and many great-grand nieces and nephews.
After working in Montreal for a short time, she married her childhood sweetheart Earle Martin and moved to Halifax where they raised their five children. Muriel made many dear lifelong friends as a member of United Memorial Church for over 60 years, a lifetime member of the UCW and the senior choir. She was also a 25-year member of the Order Eastern Star. A busy homemaker, Muriel worked part time jobs until the age of 50, when she went to Miss Murphy’s Business College and then worked for several years as a receptionist in Dr. Ian MacGregor’s family medical practice. Muriel’s extended family continued to grow throughout the years to embrace friends Marian Johnston, Donna and Ron Dodge, Bethany Chorale, Sr. Sharon Fagan, Mary Fisher, Shirley Haywood and many others; her loving caregivers Florence Chisholm and Bev Grady. Very clannish, Muriel especially enjoyed family gatherings at her beloved cottage on MacPherson Lake. One of her best lifelong friends was her late sister-in-law Flo MacMaster. Ever open to new experiences, at 75 travelled to Europe with Miriam and friend Margaret McGrath. During the past 15 years, Muriel enjoyed delightful winter migrations to Florida with Sharon and Wendy. Muriel, the “Rose of Chedabucto Bay” (so named by Jim Bennet) a near centurion, family matriarch and beloved mother, has left to be with loved ones gone before and is now flying with the Angels. (Her words.) Special thanks and gratitude, to Dr. Ranjini Mahendrarajah, who tended Muriel so carefully and kindly throughout her final years. Thanks to all the Administration, staff and residents at Milford Haven. Their care will long be remembered. Funeral arrangements are with Green’s Funeral Home, Port Hawkesbury. Visitation took place at 37 Sundance Lane, Port Shoreham on Friday February 8 . Celebration of Life was held on Saturday, February 9 at Boylston United Church. Interment at Manchester and Area Cemetery. Reception followed at 45 Sundance Lane. Charitable donations may be made to the Chedabucto Education Center Breakfast Program, Box 19 Guysborough, B0H 1N0. Messages to the family may be addressed at www.greensfuneralhome.ca