Florence Oldershaw

Florence Marion Oldershaw

Saturday, February 27th, 1926 - Monday, January 13th, 2020
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Florence “Marion” Donkin Oldershaw passed away peacefully in Halifax, NS on Tuesday, January 14, 2020. Born in Bridgewater, NS, she was the daughter of Dr. Charles Alpin and Florence (Barteaux) Donkin. She married Peter Oldershaw on June 10, 1950, and they emigrated to Boston a year later. Marion and Pete raised two daughters in Massachusetts and New York before retiring “home” to Seabright. While living in Avon, NY, Marion was a popular Girl Scout leader and environmental activist. She was particularly proud to earn her Bachelor of Science degree from Rochester Institute of Technology at the age of 50! In retirement, she became a Certified Genealogist and she and Pete explored the Maritimes while she documented her roots. Marion was predeceased by her daughter, Annie in 2010, and her husband, Peter in 2012. She is survived by her daughter, Eileen (John) McKelvey; granddaughter, Laura (Jeff) Catalano; great-grandchildren, Robbie, Charlie, and Ellie. The family is especially grateful to special friends Heather and Paul, and Brenda and John, as well to extraordinary caregiver Joan, who enabled Marion to live at home. There will be no service. In memory of Marion, donations to your local library would be appreciated.
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Sára MK

Posted at 09:52pm
I had the blessing and privilege to know and be a caregiver to Marion for 6 months. I loved her humor, time with her at Tim's and just to go shopping. Her favorite spot at Cleveland beach will always remind me of her... I will miss her!!! Condolences to the family!

Laura Catalano

Posted at 11:02am
Marion was my grandmother. Thanks to her, I grew up thinking it was perfectly normal for 60+ year old grandmothers to go swimming in the freezing cold water of Nova Scotia in the summer. It was also ok to go back to college after raising a family, if that’s what you wanted to do. I am also thankful she traced our family ancestry back to the Mayflower and more. For as long as I can remember, my grandparents home smelled like the ocean, pine forest, black currant jam, and tea. She will be missed.

Sára MK Posted at 05:06pm

Laura, I would love to share with you some stories of your grandma- if interested.

Millard Barteaux

Posted at 12:43pm
My 1st cousin Marion colaberated with me on my book about the Advocate and Cape door lighthouses. I am sad to here of her passing. Millard Barteaux. Sic. Barto.

Steven French

Posted at 07:33am
For many Years I used to cut and do lawn work around their house... I always go by the house and think of her and her husband... They Would make me do the work over again if it was not right!! I learned a lot from them and it would have been easy for them to find someone else but they stuck with me. I learned how to do things right for sure. I am truly sorry for your loss.

Steven French

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