Alta Madelene Carey (Kinsman) born September 30, 1921, has peacefully passed away on July 9, 2022, at almost 101 years of age. Alta was born in Berwick NS to parents Winnie (Cochrane) and Seth Kinsman. She was predeceased by both her parents, brother Dwight, sister in laws Neta, Ada and Audrey, and Nephew Jimmy. Alta is survived by sons Danny (Rhona), David (Denise), Granddaughters Cathy (Alasdair) and Samantha (Daniel), Danielle (Cas) Great Granddaughters Madeline, Clara, Reese, Carey, Lily and Xavier, Niece Mary, Nephew Gary, and great nephew Aaron.
Nanny was a special lady. Her class and dignity were apparent from the moment you met her. From the time she was crowned Apple Blossom princess in 1946 to her final days her beauty never faltered, nor did her gift of advice and her phenomenal cooking!
After being inducted to the Sports Hall of fame for Softball she was courted by a handsome RCMP officer and shortly after they were married. Both Bill and Alta loved to travel and lived in the Northwest Territories as well as Alberta, Manitoba, New Brunswick and finally settled in Bridgewater in 1961. While she was in Bridgewater, she was a full-time mom who worked part-time at Simpson’s/Sears department store and then the old Dawson Memorial Hospital as a switch board operator. She volunteered at many organizations such as the Heart and Stroke foundation, United Church, and the Hospital Gift Shop. She cared about everybody and was so interested in how you and your family were, and she would remember! Her memory was second to none, from maps to names and phone numbers, Nanny remembered.
She loved to travel, play cards, and be with her family. Her love of dogs extended to a Dalmatian, labs, beagles, English bull dogs and her final friend, Bella the Morkie.
Besides desserts, she just loved being with her family on many trips, at the cottage, every event, birthday and especially Christmas. She was more then present in our everyday lives; she was a staple. She adored her son Danny and Rhona who was more like a daughter than a daughter in law. Whenever we called and asked if she wanted to come, her answer was always “sure I do”. She was “Nan” to her Grandchildren “Great Nanny” to her great grandchildren, and to see them together was a delight. She would often comment how lucky she felt that she had so much time with them.
She grew up in the era of appreciation and responsibility and taught us how to be grateful for what we had and accountable for our actions. We loved her dearly and she will be remembered and missed.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Sweeny’s Funeral Home, 35 York Street, Bridgewater. Memorial Service will be held 2p.m., Thursday, July 14 in Bridgewater United Church, Rev Neil McEwen officiating. A reception will be held following the service in the Christian Education Center.
The family would like to extend a sincere thank you to all the Nurses and Doctors in the ER and OBS floor at the South Shore Regional Hospital. As well as the Nurses and Staff at Ashwood and Drumlin Hills. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Bridgewater United Church or South Shore Regional Hospital. Online condolences and donations may be made by visiting www.sweenysfuneralhome.com.