Josephine (Jo) Levangie (MacDonald), age 82, died peacefully surrounded by family on August 30, 2010 in Melville Lodge, Halifax. It was with great sorrow and fond memories that our family announced her death. Jo was the daughter of the late "Red" John Angus and Catherine (MacDonald) MacDonald. Mom spent her early years in Inverness where she attended school and worked as a teller at the Royal Bank. She also worked at Eatons in Moncton. She met and married Dad, Paul, who became her best friend and companion for 57 years.
Besides Dad, she is survived by; her children, Judy (Dave) Smith, French Lake, NB; Monica (Kees) de Gier, Barrie, ON; Cindy (Archie) Morrison, Halifax, NS; Bill (Darlene), Halifax, NS; Mary Lou (John) O'Connor, Halifax NS and David (Margaret Anne Smith), Saint John NB; her grandchildren, Michelle (Reed) Rigney, Robb and Randy (Caitlyn) Smith, Michael de Gier, Trish (James) Brady, Paula (Daryl) MacPherson, Jennie, Teresa, Emma and Daniel Morrison, Maris and Jacquelyn Levangie, Katie, Patrick, Sean, Carolyn and Colin O'Connor, Kevin and Maureen Levangie; her step-grandchildren, Crystal (Richard Carty) Smith, Paula (Frank Adams) Smith and Tim Smith; her great grandchildren, Elora, Noah, Jada and Nate Rigney, and Jack Brady; her step-great grandchildren, Jane and Kathryn Carty and Sara Adams; her brother, Colin; and her in-laws, Duncan Graham, Jeanette Pertus, Cyril and Dolores Levangie, Anita MacDougall, Mary Levangie, Idella and John Gillis; and by many nieces and nephews. She was pre-deceased by twin daughters, Patricia and Paula and siblings Jennie (Norman) McInnis, Margaret (Don) MacKay, Allistar (Gert), Kay (Charlie) Gillis, Teresa (Jimmy) Gillis, Butch (Kaye), Monica Graham
Jo's greatest joy in life was her family. After dedicating many years to raising her 8 children, Mom continued to shine as Granny. Mom was proud of her Scottish and Cape Breton heritage and we enjoyed Gaelic and fiddle music at home over the years. Mom`s needlepoint, sewing and knitting are still appreciated by family. Granny`s mittens were the best. Outside of family, Mom always managed to find time for volunteer pursuits. Birthrite, Religious Education, Marriage Encounter, Cursillo and the Palliative Care Unit at the Halifax Infirmary were beneficiaries of Mom`s energy.
Special thank you to her caregivers at Melville Lodge who cared for her during her illness and offered tremendous support to her and her family in the last few days.
Are any among you sick? They should call for the elders of the Church and have them pray over them, anointing them with oil in the name of the Lord. James 5:14.