COYNE, Marie E. – It is with great sadness that the family of Marie E. Coyne (Dennison) announces her peaceful passing on July 9, 2021 at Passamaquoddy Lodge in St. Andrews, New Brunswick. Born in 1929 in St. Stephen, N.B., she was the daughter of the late Norval M. and Charlotte A. (Thornton) Dennison.
After graduation from St. Stephen High School in 1946, she worked briefly as a schoolteacher, as a telephone operator, and part time in the SSHS cafeteria. As a young woman, she was a strong swimmer and an avid ice skater. She occupied herself with bowling, clogging, quilting, knitting, playing cribbage at the Legion, recording the daily weather, and planting flowers every spring for all to enjoy. She never forgot a birthday, be it family or friend. Many availed of her talents as an artful cake maker for weddings and other special occasions.
Marie was a member of Holy Rosary Parish and the Catholic Women’s League, as well as the Royal Canadian Legion Branch #9 Ladies Auxiliary. Until late in life Marie was active in the community as a volunteer with Meals on Wheels, the Charlotte County Hospital gift shop, Legion Ladies Auxiliary, CWL, and informally in many other ways. She was also a loyal friend who spent much of her time helping her slightly older friends with their grocery shopping and driving them to medical appointments.
For many years she enjoyed travelling to figure skating events, music concerts, the Halifax Tattoo, and other functions with her dear lifelong friend, Marie Giddens. She will be remembered for her irrepressible wit and sense of humor, her perpetual giving within her means to worthy causes, and her unfailing kindness to all.
Marie is survived by sons Michael (Paula), Jerome (Carol), Patrick (Susan), David (Lynn), and daughter Katherine Gregor (Scott); seven grandchildren, Erin Coyne, Eric Coyne (Stacey), Jeff Gregor (Stephanie), Thomas Coyne (Lana), Joseph Gregor, Emily (Coyne) Haarbosch (Alex), and Nicholas Coyne; former daughter-in-law, Erika Conley; six great-grandchildren, Connor Coyne, Paisley Coyne, Hutson Gregor, Hadleigh Gregor, Theo Gregor, Zayla Coyne; brother Eugene Dennison of Campo, California.
In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her husband of 44 years, John (Jack) Coyne in 1993, sisters Helen Dennison, Shirley Scott and Elizabeth Porter.
The family received friends at The S.O. Mehan & Son Funeral Home Ltd., 23 Main Street, St. Stephen, NB on Tuesday, July 13, 2021 from 1 – 2 p.m., followed by the funeral service at 2 p.m.
The family is very thankful to the wonderful staff of Passamaquoddy Lodge for their loving care. For those who wish, donations in Marie’s memory may be made to Passamaquoddy Lodge or their charity of choice. Condolences may be sent to the family online at www.mehanfuneralhome.ca