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SIMONDS, Vera Bernice (née Atkinson)

April 29, 1929 – Cape Sable Island, Nova Scotia
October 25, 2018 – Calgary, Alberta

It is with great sadness the family of Vera Simonds announces her passing after a brief illness, on Thursday, October 25, 2018 at the age of 89 years.

Vera was born to Viola and Oscar Atkinson and raised in a coastal Nova Scotia fishing community on Cape Sable Island. She was one of those unfortunate children who took lobster sandwiches in school lunches.

Embarking on the adventure of her life, she enrolled in nurse’s training at Royal Victoria Hospital in Montreal. Not only were her eyes opened to the big city, it was here that she made lifelong friends and met her future husband, Charlie. Montreal continued to hold fond memories her entire life and she loved visiting the city and returning to nurse’s reunions.

After nursing graduation, she worked in Halifax until she and Charlie married and a new adventure in a rural New Brunswick community commenced. She was devoted to farm life and raising five children in a multi-generation home. Particularly memorable are the family feasts she quietly whipped up in the background for family and friends. Her raspberry pies will never be forgotten.

Vera was also an active member of the church and community. She was a long-time member of the Women’s Missionary Society, Royalton Women’s Institute and Eastern Star. Her personal achievement after raising a family was resuming her nursing career at the River View Manor.

After Charlie passed, she moved to Calgary, AB, closer to her adult children and grandchildren. She died peacefully surrounded by family and residence staff who loved her dearly.

Life is an experience, Vera peppered hers with kindness, gentility and an unwavering sense of duty to family and friends.

She will be lovingly remembered by her children, Stephen (Debbie), Heather (Harley), Carolyn (Dave), Allison and Susan (Maurice). Vera will also be fondly remembered by her seven grandchildren, Laura, Andrew, Natalie, Ben, Naomi, James and Quinten; sisters-in-law, Marion Seavey and Marilyn Atkinson and brother-in-law Owen Nickerson. She was predeceased by her husband, Charlie; her sisters, Yola Nickerson and Flora Atkinson, and brother Carl Atkinson.

An interment service in Tracey Mills, New Brunswick is planned for the Spring of 2019. Condolences may be forwarded through

In living memory of Vera Simonds, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Park Memorial, 5008 ELBOW DRIVE S.W. Calgary, AB, T2S 2L5, Telephone: 403-243-8200.

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  1. Ethel and Royden Nickerson

    So sorry for your lose . The obituary was well stated as that is exactly how Aunt Vera is to us. Thinking of you all.

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  2. Sandra & Gaetano Mascolo

    A beautiful, loving & accurate tribute to Aunt Vera. I am fortunate to have been her niece for as long as I can remember – my first standout memory was being a guest at her wedding shower. I feel such gratitude to have had so many opportunities happily visiting with Aunt Vera, Uncle Charlie & their children throughout the years. Aunt Vera had a generous spirit & was so calm & serene no matter what came her way. She was a role model to me & one of the reasons I became a Registered Nurse. We love you Aunt Vera and will miss you.

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  3. I send my condolences . My first meeting with cousin Vera and Charlie was in 1962 on our honeymoon from Dresden (a small town in Ontario ) to my mother Laura Morehouse (Cook) family home in Centreville and province. We loved meeting all the relatives along the car trip and all their kindness. I think one of you had hepatitis then. That started our return trips for reunions as our family increased to 5 children and they all love the eastern provinces and have returned many times. My last year’s drive out there has the rest of my grandchildren wanting to experience that life . Darlene is your closest cousin and lives in Edmonton with husband Michael Edwards and 2 teens. May your memories sustain you through this time. Blessings Margaret Rose

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  4. I have many nice memories of my Aunt Vera. I always looked forward to the occasions when she, Uncle Charlie and my cousins visited her old home on Cape Sable Island, which was just a couple houses away from my childhood home. They were very special family times. I also enjoyed our visits to her home in New Brunswick, where she always made us feel welcome.
    My condolences for your loss. I know that she was a special mother and grandmother.

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  5. Jed, Kerry Snatic and family

    We send our deepest condolences at this very difficult time for you and the family. Love, prayers and peace be with you.

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  6. You are all in our heartfelt thoughts at this time as we remember Cousin Vera. Memories of her quiet presence, gentle demeanor, and welcoming nature will be cherished always.

    With love,
    Ross and Janice Simonds

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