Margaret Elizabeth (Coutts) Haire, 101 years of a well-lived life, November 28, 1918 – January 29, 2020, at the palliative care unit of the Saint John Regional Hospital, having suffered a stroke on December 21, 2019.
Much loved wife of the late Russell George Haire, daughter of the late Charles Taylor and Jennie Moores (Mattatall) Coutts, step-daughter of the late Jens Ortved Nielsen, sister of the late William St. Clair, Charles Burton and Douglas Taylor Coutts, the late Claire Marie and Laura (Lounder, Wright) Nielsen and two girls who died in infancy.
Will be greatly missed by her loving daughter Jennifer Haire, husband (Andre Chenier), grandsons Cristian and Jeremiah Haire-Foster; sister Barbara (Nielsen) Mattatall; numerous nieces and nephews, especially Jane (Coutts) Glennie and Katherine Coutts, her friends from the Presbyterian Kirk, from Ridgeview Manor and family friends Claudine D’Aoust Delisle and Louis-Philippe D’Aoust, Debbie (Theule) Musgrave, Paulette (Roy) Merrill and Patricia (Williams) Venturil.
Margaret left St. George in her late teens to train as a nurse at the Royal Victoria Hospital in Montreal. She enjoyed her work as a private duty nurse caring for some of Montreal’s well-known families. She also cared for patient Russell George Haire whom she later married in 1950. Margaret and Russell loved their life in Montreal with their daughter Jennifer, their travels with their hunting dogs and their large garden.
In 1978 they moved to St. George where Russell died in 1985. Margaret continued to live in her own home with daily assistance well into her 90’s. Her daily feeding of the crows and nightly feeding of the raccoons was of great concern to her caregivers who believed that the wildlife might decide to visit the kitchen. She spent her last four years at Ridgeview Manor in Pennfield where she delighted everyone and was the life of the party. At the age of 93 she still enjoyed cutting grass, taking daily walks up the Main Street to the Country Market and making her favourite stop at the Post Office.
Many thanks to the dedicated staff at Home Support, St. Stephen, Extra-Mural, Neurology Unit (especially Claudine) and Palliative Care (especially Deborah in the final hours) and of course the wonderful Ridgeview Manor!
Arrangements in the care of the St. George Funeral Home (755-3533), 26 Portage Street, St. George, NB. Visitation at the funeral home on Monday, February 3, from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Celebration of Life will take place in late spring at Presbyterian Kirk, St. George.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Presbyterian Kirk, St. George, Ridgeview Special Care Home, Pennfield, or the Canadian Wildlife Federation. Online donations and condolences may be placed at www.stgeorgefh.ca