Eileen Nickerson

Eileen May Nickerson

Thursday, October 27th, 1932 - Saturday, October 24th, 2020
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Eileen May Nickerson of Yarmouth, Nova Scotia died at the Yarmouth Regional Hospital on Saturday, October 24, 2020, three days shy of her 88th birthday. She died peacefully following a stroke, surrounded by her daughters. Eileen was born in Liverpool, Nova Scotia on October 27, 1932 to Jack and Caroline (May) Clarke. She grew up in the small community of Brooklyn, just outside of Liverpool. In May of 1954, she graduated from the Victoria General Hospital School of Nursing where she formed deep, lifelong friendships with many of her classmates. She later married Dr. Donald Milford (also from Liverpool) on December 27, 1959 and had two daughters, Elizabeth and Donalda. Eileen and her young family moved to Yarmouth where Don established his medical practice and Eileen worked as a head nurse in the Operating Room (OR) at the Yarmouth Regional Hospital. Eileen and Don later divorced and she met Dr. Victor Morse Nickerson, a dentist and widower in Yarmouth who had two teenaged daughters, Linda and Kathy. Eileen and Morse were married on January 25, 1968 and later had their daughter, Susan, in 1970.

Eileen was greatly loved by her family and her many friends and was known as a woman of tremendous strength, character and good humor. She set an example for her family in how to live a good life – always be kind, show respect for others and work hard. She loved a good single malt scotch and a fierce game of bridge with friends. An avid rug hooker, she was a member of the Rug Hooking Guild of Nova Scotia and hooked many beautiful rugs over her lifetime that will live on and be passed down to future generations of her family. Throughout her life, Eileen was also an active volunteer with the Yarmouth Regional Hospital, working in the Gift Shop for many years and later at the Hospital Information Desk.

She is survived by daughters, Elizabeth (Arthur) Prime, Deerfield; Donalda Milford, Yarmouth; Susan (Scott Bell) Nickerson, Toronto; step daughters, Linda (Paul) Doucette, Yarmouth; Katherine Nickerson, Yarmouth; sister, Elizabeth Grew, Bellville, ONT; grandchildren, Christopher and Kay Muise and Max Bell and one great grandson Zackery Boudreau.

For the last few years, Eileen had the good fortune of living at Treasured Memories Seniors Residence on Elm Street, where she was doted on by her wonderful caregiver, Tammy Wyman, and the rest of the staff there. Warmest thanks to Shelly Reardon and all the staff and residents at Treasured Memories who gave Eileen such a lovely home.

Special thanks also to Dr. Sood and the nursing staff at Yarmouth Regional Hospital for the excellent care they gave to Eileen during the last week of her life.

A funeral service will be held at Holy Trinity Anglican Church in Yarmouth on Saturday, November 14 at 2pm (AT). Donations in Eileen’s memory may be made to the Yarmouth Hospital Foundation ( Online condolences may be sent to, or you may sign the guest book online at
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    Saturday, November 14th, 2020 | 2:00pm
    Saturday, November 14th, 2020 2:00pm
    Holy Trinity Anglican Church
    63 William Street
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    Father Patrick Bright
  • Interment

    Yarmouth Mountain Cemetery
    Parade Street
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Donations are being accepted for: YARMOUTH HOSPITAL FOUNDATION.


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Beatrice Macconnell

Posted at 04:21pm
So sorry to hear of Eileen’s passing. She was such a special lady. Our deepest condolences to all the family. Bea and Bob MacConnell

Eileen Coady

Posted at 10:00pm
Dear Donalda,
With sincere condolences to you and your sisters on the loss of Eileen.
I was fortunate enough to know your Mom in rug hooking circles in Yarmouth where she was one of the more senior members, with her beautiful works and her always-encouraging comments.
I remember her with great fondness.

Glenda Chipman

Posted at 04:12pm
So sorry to hear of the passing of your mom. Sending our condolences to all of her family. Robert & Glenda Chipman.

Marilyn Moore

Posted at 10:07am
I was so sorry to hear of Eileen's passing. My deepest sympathy to all the family. Marilyn (Thompson) Moore

Monique Shebbeare

Posted at 12:50am
I’m so sorry for your loss of Eileen. She was so welcoming on our visits with Sue to Yarmouth. My mouth still waters when I think of her amazing seafood casserole, and I can still hear her laugh in my mind. I was always struck by how much Sue admired her mom’s combination of love and strength (no quitting!). I’m honored to have known her.

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