Obituary of Elizabeth Mary Gammon
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GAMMON, Elizabeth M. Lyons Brook October 4, 1929 - September 4, 2021 Elizabeth was born in the family farm house in Central Caribou, Pictou County. She was a lifelong resident of the county and was the third of four children and was eldest daughter of the late Harry A. and Laura B. (Lowden) Barnard. While all three of her siblings lived to surpass eighty years of age, she was the last remaining member of her immediate family. She was a lifelong member of First Presbyterian Church, Pictou, a former Sunday school teacher and a life member of the former MacGregor Atlantic Missionary Society of Lyons Brook. Two things she held dear were her Scottish heritage, ancestry and her clan tartan 'Campbell of Lowden' and the life her Dad and his brother Frank had made in Canada after arriving here as Home Children from England. Elizabeth and her late husband Jack were, for a number of years, joint Secretary/Treasurers of the Nova Scotia Jersey Breeders Association keeping notes in the beautiful cursive writing hand they both displayed. As such they attended many exhibitions, 4-H Pro Shows and meetings. Jack and Liz were married for sixty two and a half years after their August 28, 1954 wedding. She is survived by sons, Russell, Fergus, ON; Douglas (Isabelle), Three Brooks; Gary (Sherri), Edmonton, AB; daughter, Gayle Nelson (David), at the home place in Lyons Brook. One of her life’s most beloved roles was as Nanny to Johnathan (Nicole); Shirley, Tena (Greg) and Kaitlyn; Jack and Kimberly. Her delight grew as she welcomed great-grandsons, Jensen, Cale and Andrew; great-granddaughter, Iris. Her niece, Peggy (Michael) and nephew, Ian (Shana) and their sons, Robert and Christopher were also bright lights in her world. She is also survived by her cherished niece, Barb Gammon Wright (John), Lyons Brook; and their family; sister-in-law, Jenny Barnard, Pictou; and cousin, Margie Schmitt, Pictou. Elizabeth was predeceased by Dad; daughter, Janice; brothers, Frank and David; sister, Esther; brothers-in-law, Elmo K. Gammon and Alden Beck; and sister-in-law, Donna Barnard. Among the hundreds of attributes Elizabeth will be remembered for are: her extreme generosity of spirit - like her sister Esther, she had a passion for feeding anyone who came over her doorstep - tea, sandwiches, sweets, or, if you had the time a full meal; her sly, rapid and yet, quiet sense of humor - no one could rival her for a perfectly placed, fast, one-liner; unconditional love for her family across four generations; her reverence for her parents and grandparents; a finely developed sense of history - she shared remarkable stories from growing up years on the farm - e.g. being chased by roosters that were taller than her!; great enjoyment from being a 4-H parent and supporter; constant, perpetual motion - always on to the next project; a love for knitting, which sometimes accompanied her to public events; being a voracious reader - just like Jack’s ancestors too; as noted earlier her beautiful cursive hand writing. She often remarked that if she was even half the woman her mother had been she would be happy - she more than accomplished that goal! Her life was one of support; heartly laughter, ready smiles, warm hugs and love of family and friends. So many friends of her children regard themselves as Honorary Gammons because of her acceptance, support and hospitality. The footprint she leaves is beyond massive. There will be no visitation or service by request. Cremation has taken place. Interment will take place at a later date in Central Caribou Cemetery. Any memorial donations may be made to the Memorial Fund of First Presbyterian Church, the I.W.K. Children’s Hospital or a charity of your choice. 'Wherever a Beautiful Soul has Been, There is a Trail of Beautiful Memories'