Obituary of Myrna Dohan
Myrna Dianne Hall-Dohan nee:(Cooke)
21 Nov 1942 - 26 Apr 2023
It is with great sadness we, the family, announce the peaceful passing of Myrna after a long battle with dementia. Myrna was surrounded by loved ones at the time of her passing at the Glace Bay Hospital.
Myrna, a lifelong resident of Reserve Mines, is survived by her four children; Ray Smith and her husband Shawn, who Myrna thought the world of, John Hall Sr. and spouse Susan, Helene Mac Neil and Vince Hall, Myrna is also survived by her; siblings, Joan Costello, Della MacLeod, Barbara Hill, Kemerly Boutilier and Leonard Boutilier; her grandchildren and their spouses Tyson and Jessica, Austin and Niki, Shawn and Kim, Sonya and Jordan and John Austin; great grandchildren, Avery, Billie May, Shawn Daniel, Alexander, Donovan and James.
Myrna was also blessed with many nieces and nephews, including her niece Joanne MacLeod with whom she was very close, her daughters in law Angela Steele and Joanne Gouthro as well as her goddaughter Sherri MacArthur.
Myrna was predeceased by her parents, Edith Cavel Cooke Boutilier (nee Maclean); father, Thomas Austin Cooke, her first husband and father of her children Vince Hall Sr. her brothers Vido Boutilier and Cyril MacDonald; her beautiful great granddaughter, Abigail Hannah Smith and her brothers-in-law, Jim Costello and Joe MacLeod.
Myrna lived a full life and was a well know hard worker, she began working at the young age of 14 and never stopped until an unfortunate stroke.
Myrna was always busy volunteering and doing many jobs in her community, often juggling more than one at the same time. She was a housekeeper and seamstress and babysitter, and even hostess of teenage dances at the Show Hall which she thoroughly enjoyed. Eventually, Myrna bravely and proudly started her own business « Dependable Cleaners » and branched off with successful marketing and concession business where she was fondly known as the « Hot Dog Lady » at Canadian Tire in Sydney.
She was a loyal and committed representative of her community, actively involved in the Lady’s Auxiliary while she and her late husband Vince Hall Sr. were dispatchers for the Reserve Mines Fire Department. Myrna also served on the board of directors of the Reserve Mines Credit Union and was President of the Reserve Mines Pensioners Club.
« Ma »as most people called her, was stubborn, wilful and fiercely protective of her family, however she was always kind, loving and humble. Although at times she did not have much, she would gladly share what she had with her family and neighbours. She was the pillar of her family and taught her children to stand up for what they believe in, to never turn their back on someone in need, to have a strong work ethic and to always take pride in the accomplishments of others as well as their own. She loved all animals and over the years had many pets her pride and joy was her faithful little dog Precious.
Her final journey, as per her wishes, visitation will be held on May 7th, from 1-4 p.m., followed by cremation and a memorial service on May 8th, at 11 a.m.,with Father Duaine Devereaux officiating all entrusted to and in the caring hands of T.J. Tracey Funeral Services, 370 Reserve Street, Glace Bay. Everyone is welcome to attend.
Donations in her memory in lieu of flowers may be made to "Home Is Where the Heart Is” Cat Rescue via email money transfer
email@example.com or charity of your choice.
Rest in peace Ma, you were loved by so many and will never be forgotten!