It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our dear mother, Yvonne Scattolon of Antigonish at St. Vincent’s Nursing Home in Halifax on September 12, 2023, at the age of 93.
Born on September 1, 1930, in Glace Bay, Cape Breton, she was the second oldest of four children of the late Jimmy "Kenny" and Nellie (Edwards) MacDonald. Yvonne loved her Cape Breton roots and had fond memories of times with friends and her cousin Patsy, and times spent on the Mira River. Raised with an English grandmother, her love of tea started at an early age.
Yvonne graduated from St. Anne’s High School in Glace Bay and then studied at St. Joseph’s Hospital to become an x-Ray technician. It was during her work as a technician that she met her beloved husband Geno when she x-rayed his thumb after he broke it playing hockey. She then worked at the Dominion Coal Company in the general office, and thoroughly enjoyed her time there and the friendships she made.
Yvonne met her husband, Geno in 1950 and they were married for 63 years before he died in 2019. They lived and raised their family in Antigonish where Yvonne was a stay-at-home mother. Her life’s joy was raising her family and being a multi-tasker who ensured that home was a loving and nurturing space. Her kids were everything to her. Yvonne was an amazing cook and an incredible baker who loved entertaining her family, neighbours, and friends, including all of her children’s’ friends. Always known for her sense of style, she loved being social whether that meant going to parties and dances, having coffee at a local cafe, or walking with "the girls" on Xavier drive. Yvonne was an avid reader who spent many hours reading everything from mysteries and biographies to one of her favourites, Anne of Green Gables. Later in life, she and Geno developed a taste for travel and spent many springs relaxing on the beaches of Florida, and many Christmases with family in Halifax and Ontario. She always loved a good hot cup of tea and cherished drinking it with family and friends.
Yvonne was predeceased by her husband Geno and her sister Shirley (Hawley). She is survived by her son David (Sharon), daughters Gina (Chris Reynolds) and Yvette (Louis Brill). She was the cherished grandmother of Vincent, Anthony, and Marco Scattolon, Georgia Reynolds, and Chris and Arianna Brill. Also, she is survived by her two brothers Roy (Dee Dee) MacDonald (Karen) and Allister (Sandra) and many nieces and nephews, all of whom she loved dearly.
A special thank you to the staff at St. Vincent’s Nursing Home, and in particular the third floor, for their compassionate and loving care. A private service for family will be held at Saint Ninian’s Cemetery.
In Memoriam, donations to St. Vincent’s Nursing Home in Halifax would be appreciated. Online condolences: www.clcurry.com.
Her family will dearly miss her, but they take comfort in knowing that she is reunited with her loving husband.