Jeanne Keays

Obituary of Jeanne Rosamond Keays

With deep and abiding grief, we announce the peaceful passing of our beloved mother Jeanne R. Keays, age 93 of Halifax, on May 14th, 2019, at the Halifax Infirmary, after a brief illness, with family at her side.

Mother was born in 1925, the youngest and last surviving member of a family of eight to George and Florence Dakin, in Centreville, Digby Co., NS.

She spent the first half of her life in Digby, raising children and working as a Nurses Aide at the Digby General Hospital, with the remainder of her life spent in Halifax. She was a voracious reader and could never be caught without a book or magazine on the go. She attributed reading with keeping the sharp mind with which she was blessed. As well, she maintained remarkably good health for her age, keeping a picture-perfect home, virtually by herself for the last twenty years of her life. She was also a great traveller, having seen a good portion of the world; Asia, Africa, Europe, numerous cruises both north and south, many trips to Barbados and Florida, and was packed and ready for her 17th trip to Cuba when taken ill.

She is survived by her sons Douglas Dickie (Halifax) and Richard Dickie (Saint John NB); daughters Joan Grant (Springhill NS), and Shirley Smith (Kentville NS); grandchildren Rob Dickie (Digby), Jason Dickie (Digby), Mark Dickie (Maces Bay NB), Joe Dickie (Saint John NB), Luke Dickie, Rebecca Edwards (Halifax), Jennifer Smith (New Glasgow), Dustin Smith (Houston TX), and Carole Jean Bell (Moncton NB). IN addition, mother leaves behind far too many great grand children to list, as well as numerous nephews and nieces.

She is predeceased by her husband Dr. Claude F. Keays, her former husband Alfred (Bing) Dickie, son Robert W. Dickie, and daughter Maureen Patricia Dickie.

There will be no services or formal memorial.

No flowers or donations are requested. A small memory of a laugh spent, or a smile with Jeanne will more than suffice.

Committal of her ashes will be held privately at a later date.

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