Mable MacDonnell

April 17, 2019 23 Condolences Print Obituary Send Flowers

Heavy hearts does not begin to describe the sadness we feel with the passing of our beautiful mother, Mable MacDonnell. Mom passed away peacefully surrounded by many of the things she treasured most in life, her family & friends. Her gentle soul, sweet nature and unconditional love will be missed by too many people to mention. She touched everyone who was lucky enough to get to know her.

Mom called the Fox Creek hospital home for the final chapter of her life, and that was truly a blessing for her. The compassion and kindness she received by everyone who walked through the doors of her room just cannot be put into words. Her doctors and nurses were not only her caregivers and friends, they were her family. Each and everyone of them held a special place in her heart and provided her with so much joy. They all just did what they needed to do in a way that no one else could do it, always keeping our mothers health and happiness at the forefront.

Mom leaves behind her four children; Doris Pierrard (Leonard), George MacRae (Linda), Jamie MacRae (Missy) & Jocelyn Fitzgerald (Mark), Her nine Grand-children; Shelley Davidson (Richard), James Pierrard (Kristine), Layton MacRae (Sydnie), Keagan MacRae (Brianna), Lennus MacRae (Sarah), Christopher Fitzgerald (Becki), Emily Fitzgerald, Casey Harris (Cody) and Kristie Hall. She truly loved and enjoyed her six Great-grandchildren; Hailey, Abbie & Eric Davidson and Brooklyn, Avery & Brady Harris.

Mom was a mother to so many. Her nieces, nephews, grand-nieces, grand-nephews, and her neighbors were a huge part of her, and she loved and adored every single one of them. She was predeceased by two loving husbands; Ralston MacRae & Edward MacDonnell, her sisters Doris MacAulay & Margaret (Peggy) MacRae and her brother Billy MacKay. She is survived and sadly missed by her youngest brother Reid MacKay and his wife Jean, and her two loving sisters in-law Edna Matheson and Marion MacRae.

When you leave this earth your legacy is only measured by the number of hearts you have touched, and our mother has left a legacy larger than life. Her love for people was immense and her life was filled with so much laughter and enjoyment because of that. We will continue to spread her love from generation to generation, and although she may be gone, she will never truly be far away.

Mom's celebration of life will be held at the Fox Creek Community Hall, Sunday May 12 at 1pm.

In honor of our mother, donations may be made to the Friends of Fox Creek Hospital Society. We will be taking Mom back to Baddeck, Nova Scotia where her heart always remained, at a later time.

We love you Mom, until we meet again. Xoxo

  1. To my cousins , Doris, George, Jocelyn and Jamie and their extended Family. My heart goes out to you all at this difficult time. I am so sorry I didn’t get a chance to see her one last time. Keep those wonderful memories in your heart. She’ll always be with you Hugs to you all, luv Melanie-Rose MacRae, Ottawa.

  2. Beautiful words for a beautiful lady. She blessed us all with her love,laughter & cheer. Grand memories ♡
    Love to you all, John&Winnie

  3. Dear Doris,George,Jamie, Jocelyn and families.
    Our deepest sympathy to you all. Our time on Big Farm gave us many great memories of Mabel. Thinking of you all
    Kenny and Gwynn

  4. Doris, George, Jamie and Jocelyn, my heart is breaking for all of you. My few interactions with Auntie were at Big Farm, and they are forever in my memory and heart. I remember I loved her food. It’s a strange memory for some, but stays with me. Much love and hugs to you all. I only wish I were closer to give you all a big hug Mac Rae style. All my love. Cousin Ferne.

  5. I had the pleasure of meeting Mabel many times on Big Farm Road, sitting out in the screened porch with Edward, Angus the dog and of course Mabel, and whomever popped in, the more there merrier, and everyone was always welcome.

    Her place on the river was so desolate, and quiet, I would enjoy a cold beer with Mabel where there was nobody else around, jist to shoot the score, occasionally she would force me to have a drink of whiskey, I think mainly due that her glad may have been empty.
    There is no doubt she was a mentor, figure head, and all around mom to many. I look back and cherish the fun times and trips there from the Rock. RIP, you will be missed, until we meet again!!!

  6. Condolences to you all on the loss of your Mom! She was a very sweet lady.

  7. Dear Doris, George, Jamie, Jocelyn, and families,
    I was sad to hear that your mom was not well for some time, then passed away last week.
    She was a special soul, and I have many warm and fun memories of her….from my childhood, to sharing visits with her during her Big Farm summers in Cape Breton!
    I’ve been dwelling on those thoughts, and my heart will be with you when you have the ‘Celebration of her Life’ in May.
    Elspeth (Fownes) Kinney

  8. Sincere sympathy TO all of Mabel’s family and friends. Our thoughts are with you at this sad time. She will be missed by many.

  9. Sincere sympathy to all Mabel’s family. My sister Jessie and Mabel were friends in Baddeck.
    Wilma Mackenzie Hingley

  10. Please accept my condolence on the loss of your mother.

  11. Very sorry to hear about Mable’s passing. Her obituary is a lovely tribute to her and the way she accepted everyone as if they were part of her family. Our thoughts will be with all her family and those who loved her as they celebrate her life and share wonderful memories of Mable. Elva (MacDonald) and Tony Areny

  12. Beautifully written for a wonderful lady. My heart goes out to each and every one of your family. My Mom as well sends her condolences , she will miss your mothers calls. Cherish all the memories as I know you all will . Many Hugs

  13. So sorry for your loss, Love Mary and Louis xo

  14. My heartfelt condolences to you all. With love … Flossie

  15. To Mabel’s family: You are so right in the words that you used to describe your beautiful Mom. She was so friendly and kind, showing love to everyone she met. I will miss her friendly face around Baddeck. My sincere sympathy to you all.Love Barb

  16. Keeping you all in our thoughts and prayers. Your mother was a ‘one-of-a-kind’lady!She will certainly be missed! With our condolences and love, Ian and Marlene MacLean

  17. Our deepest sympathy to Mable’s children and all her family. We enjoyed talking to her and missed her when she moved West. Mary (MacFarlane) & Bob Hill.

  18. God bless you dear cousins as you mourn the loss of your great mother who was dearly loved by all of your MacRae Family here in California .
    Eternal rest grant to her Oh Lord and let perpetual light shine upon her …
    Love to all of you during this time of reflection on a life well lived and who loved so well .

  19. Mable was the perfection of Cape Breton hospitality. There was always a chair and a helping heap of the best she had to offer. Our deepest sympathies to all her family and friends. We are so grateful to her for her friendship and kindnesses.

  20. our thoughts are with all of you in this sad time.
    your Cape Breton cousins
    David and Sharon

  21. What a sadness yet joy I feel as my “Mabes” has gone on without us. Truly loved this lady and blessed to known her.


    Near a shady wall a rose once grew,
    Budded and blossomed in God’s free light,
    Watered and fed by the morning dew,
    Shedding it’s sweetness day and night.

    As it grew and blossomed fair and tall,
    Slowly rising to loftier height,
    It came to a crevice in the wall
    Through which there shone a beam of light.

    Onward it crept with added strength
    With never a thought of fear or pride,
    It followed the light through the crevice’s length
    And unfolded itself on the other side.

    The light, the dew, the broadening view
    Were found the same as they were before,
    And it lost itself in beauties new,
    Breathing it’s fragrance more and more.

    Shall claim of death cause us to grieve
    And make our courage faint and fall?
    Nay! Let us faith and hope receive–
    The rose still grows beyond the wall,

    Scattering fragrance far and wide
    Just as it did in days of yore,
    Just as it did on the other side,
    Just as it will forever-more.

    Hugs and much love to ALL the family.

    Roses will bloom again!

  22. Condolences on the passing of your beloved mother. May your fond memories of her help you through this challenging life event.

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