Marjorie Henderson

Obituary of Marjorie Helene Henderson

HENDERSON (Swift), Marjorie Helene (Swifty) RN PICTOU - Marjorie Helene (Swifty) Henderson, age 94, of Pictou passed away peacefully on February 4, 2022, in the Aberdeen Hospital, New Glasgow with her daughters by her side, surrounded by love and music. Born July 11, 1927, in Springhill, Cumberland County to Lancelot (Lancie) and Alice (Hyatt) Swift, she lived a full and productive life. Besides her parents, Marjorie was predeceased by her half brother, Donald Swift; husband, Hugh Henderson and daughter, Susan (Sue) Talbot. She is survived by her daughters, Marjorie Anne (John “Spyder”) Macdonald of Lyons Brook; Lynn Henderson of Pictou and Helen Harrington of Ottawa; her grandchildren, Karleigh (Orin) Wing, Jason (Belen) Welch, Matthew (Jonel) Talbot, Hugh Harrington, and Margaret (Meg) Harrington; and 2 great-grandsons; Lorenzo and Sergio. Marjorie also opened her heart to adopted granddaughter, Brooke Talbot-MacLean and step grandsons, Lenny and John Robert Macdonald. While studying Home Economics at Mount Allison University, Marjorie, a gifted soprano, studied under renowned mezzo soprano and voice department head Ethel Peake. Ms. Peake expressed to her that, Marjorie had the best voice she had heard at Mount A and suggested that she would have a successful career in music should she choose that path. Although piano and singing would remain a life-long passion, Marjorie chose to follow in her mother’s footsteps and in 1949 she graduated from the Victoria General Hospital School of Nursing followed by a Diploma in Public Health from the University of Toronto. Her job as a public health nurse took her to Pictou where she met Hughie, the one and only love of her life. After the birth of their first child, Marjorie became a stay-at-home Mom. She remained active in nursing by working the occasional private duty shift as well as covering summer vacations for the Victorian Order of Nurses. In 1969, she returned to work full time as a staff nurse at the Aberdeen Hospital and in 1974, she returned to Public Health, where she worked until her retirement in 1987. Marjorie was a devoted and loyal mother, grandmother, and friend. Her family will fondly remember and cherish the special comfort foods that “Nana” provided over the years, which included her famous biscuits, mac and cheese (with her secret ingredient), mustard pickles, ginger snaps and chocolate cake with boiled icing to name a few. Marjorie had a creative imagination that was evident when it came to designing costumes for her girl’s participation in the Pictou Lobster Carnival Doll Carriage parades, figure skating shows, and other events. With her gentle ways, her wit and keen sense of humour, Marjorie established life-long friendships and acquaintances during her lifetime, often over a “hot cup of tea and a little something sweet.” She was an active member of Pictou United Church including the UCW and choir. Marjorie’s family would like to extend their sincere appreciation and thanks for the care and compassion received from Dr. James MacLachlan and staff at the Shiretown Nursing Home where she resided for the past 9 years. We would also like to extend our heartfelt appreciation to the staff at the Aberdeen Hospital 4th floor with a special thanks to Aran, Debbie, and Arianne for supporting her families’ efforts to ensure that her final day was so peaceful. Cremation has taken place. Due to COVID restrictions, there will be no visitation. A live streamed service is to be held on Wednesday, February 9, 2022, at 2:00 PM from Pictou United Church with Rev. Mary- Beth Moriarity officiating. Interment at Seaview Cemetery will be at a later date. Donations in Marjorie’s memory may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society, Pictou United Church, or a charity of choice.