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Marjorie Vashti FREEMAN
Père : FREEMAN
Décès le : 2002-02-27
Parution : 2002-03-01
Paru dans : Ottawa Citizen, ON

Passed away peacefully on February 27, 2002, at New Orchard Lodge, Ottawa. Born in 1900 in Keene, NH, to Thomas and Elizabeth Freeman, she attended Foxcroft Academy in Dover-Foxcroft, ME. Married Philip Major of Halifax, NS and had two children; Ruth McVeigh, Union Bay, BC and David Major (Diane), Ottawa. She blazed a trail in journalism, beginning in 1925 as a contributor, then columnist and reporter with the Halifax Herald & Mail. Over the next 60 years, her career would encompass the roles of newspaper columnist and editor, radio and TV commentator, and contributor to local and national magazines. She was author of a book, "From the Ground", about gardening in Nova Scotia and of a booklet telling the story of the Nova Scotia tartan. Active in the IODE and other community organizations as a believer in civil rights and respect for the natural world, she was a wonderful conversationalist. She received peer recognition including officer of the Media Club of Canada and President of the NS Branch of the Canadian Author's Association; founding Member of the Business and Professional Club of Canada, Chartered Member of the Writers' Federation of Nova Scotia, and Member of the Halifax Landmarks Commission. In her day, she was also active in little theatre, was widely read, loved music and kept physically active throughout her life. She was proud grandmother of David Jones (Carol), Surrey, BC; Barbara Vivian, Courtney, BC; Bruce Jones (Judy), Longford Mills, ON; Nancy Solman (John), Ottawa, ON; Thomas McVeigh, Victoria, BC; Ilana McVeigh, Vancouver, BC; Kirsten Devenny (Don), Ottawa, ON; Guy Major, Ottawa, ON; and Jason Major (Mary), Forres, Scotland; and the inspiring great-grandmother of 15 great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren. We will all remember her with love and pride for her story in which she overcame life's challenges with good cheer, creativity, pride, determination, hard work, love of the environment and devotion. Friends and family may gather at 2 p.m. at Hulse, Playfair & McGarry (150 Woodroffe at Richmond Rd.) in Ottawa, Sunday, March 3, for prayer at 3 p.m. and reception. There will be an interment this summer in Weymouth, Nova Scotia, home of her parents. The Ottawa Citizen, 01-03-2002

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