Wood, Mary Ann

It is with deep sadness we announce the peaceful passing of our mother, Mary Ann (Kenny) Wood of Auld’s Cove on January 28, 2023, at the RK MacDonald Nursing Home in Antigonish. Mom was born on December 9, 1925 in Caledonia Mills to the late John and Johanna (Rogers) Kenny.

Mom was a graduate of Normal Teachers College in Truro, NS. Her first teaching job took her to Cape George and in 1949, she moved to Auld’s Cove where she taught until she started her family. After having raised her family, mom returned to teaching at Havre Boucher Consolidated School where she remained until she retired in 1987. Mom was a devote Catholic and a member of St. Lawrence Parish in Mulgrave. She was a member of the CWL and recently received a pin in recognition of her 65-years of service. 

Mom was a passionate traveller. She was always ready for a car trip, especially when she got the front seat! She enjoyed trips to Cuba and Florida, but especially enjoyed her trip to Ireland and a cruise through the Caribbean. As much as mom loved travelling, she was always ready to go back home. She cherished having her children and grandchildren visit, and regardless of whether you stayed 5 minutes or 5 days, it was never long enough for mom. She would coax you to stay for just one ‘little toddy’ or a game of crib. Speaking of crib, she could be known to “stretch her count”, especially if she was going to beat one of her son-in-laws.

Mom is survived by her sons Hysie, Auld’s Cove, Danny (Susan), Havre Boucher, Hugh (Tina), Magdalen Islands, grandson Shaun (Kelly), Edmonton and her daughters Joan (Cyril) Campbell, East Havre Boucher, Debbie (Pat) O’Leary, Frankville, Doreen (Ambrose) MacDonald, Afton, Diane (Jerome) Pettipas, Hatchet Lake, Kathleen (Mike) Gerrard, Greenhill, Jacqueline, South River, Sharon (Daren) King, Pomquet, Denise (Robert) Wood, Fort McMurray, 30 grandchildren, 48 great grandchildren, and 6 great- great grandchildren. Mom is also survived by her brothers Gerard (Rhonda), Windsor ON, Gary (Sharon) Fall River, Jerome (Linda), Antigonish, her sisters Rose (late Pat) Bork, Genevieve (late John) Mackley, Kathleen (late Tom) Cahill, all of Halifax. She is also survived by sister- in -laws Ida Kenny, Toronto and Beth Kenny, Midhurst, ON.

Mom was predeceased by her husband John E. (Jackie) Wood, her brothers Dan (late Isabel), Hughie, John, Charlie, Archie Duncan (A.D.) Doug, and sisters Annie Kenny, Marion (late Bob) Martin, her grandson J.L. O’Leary and her great grandson Jaxon MacDonald, her parents-in-law Johnny and Jessie (MacAskill) Wood.

The family would like to express their gratitude to the staff at the R K MacDonald Nursing Home for the compassionate care given during the past few months where mom was a resident of Tanglewood and Martha’s.

Visitation will take place on Friday February 3rd at Mulgrave & Area Resting Place from 3 pm – 8 pm. The funeral will take place at 11am on Saturday, February 4, 2023, at St Lawrence Church, Mulgrave. There will be no visitation the morning of the funeral. Burial to take place at a later date.