Margaret "Joyce" Baxter

Thursday, August 3rd, 1933 - Saturday, October 12th, 2019
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It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of (Margaret) Joyce Baxter on Saturday, October 12th , 2019 in Yarmouth, Nova Scotia. Joyce spent her last year at the Villa St Joseph du Lac where she received care and love from all the wonderful staff. Joyce was born to Edwin and Margaret Dickey on August 3, 1933 in Barrie, Ontario and lived her early years throughout northern Ontario with her family, bother Donald ( deceased) and sister June. Joyce was a registered nurse, graduating from the Victoria Hospital nursing program in London, Ontario and completing a certificate of public health from University of Toronto in 1958. Joyce came to Digby, Nova Scotia to work with the VON and met and married Richard Baxter (died August 31, 2014) in 1960. She had a wonderful career as a nurse working for VON, Yarmouth Regional Hospital and the Department of Public Health. She was loved by all her patients and will live in the memory of many. Joyce loved spending time with her family, especially at ‘Bell Lake’ in Carleton, NS., where she and Richard lived for many of their retirement years.Mrs. B was an avid knitter and made over 200 personalized Christmas stockings for family and friends of the family. Her memory will live on every Christmas morning throughout all of Canada. Mrs. B volunteered her time in a number of community organizations, most recently as a volunteer in the hospital gift shop where she made many new friends. Joyce is survived by her daughter, Paula Burns (Donna Gilbert) in Lethbridge, AB and her son Blair Baxter in London, ON. She was Grammie to her special grandchildren Ashton Burns (Chantal Piat), Karleen Burns (Jordan Ward) , Darby Burns, and Kelson Burns, and also loved by her former son-in-law Andrew Burns. She is also survived by her sister June (Monte) Montemurro and sister-in-law Delores Dickey and their children.Cremation is entrusted to Sweeny’s Funeral Home and Crematorium , Yarmouth. We will celebrate Joyce’s life in a service at Sweeny's Funeral Home Chapel on Saturday, October 26 at 3pm. Visitation will take place at Sweeny’s on Friday, October 25 from 2-4pm. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Villa St. Joseph du Lac or to the Women’s Auxilliary – Yarmouth Hospital Foundation. Online condolences may be made to or you may sign the guestbook online at
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  • Visitation

    Friday, October 25th, 2019 | 2:00pm - 4:00pm
    Friday, October 25th, 2019 2:00pm - 4:00pm
    Sweeny's Funeral Home Chapel
    567 Main Street
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  • Service

    Saturday, October 26th, 2019 | 3:00pm
    Saturday, October 26th, 2019 3:00pm
    Sweeny's Funeral Home Chapel
    567 Main Street
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    Janet Sollows
  • Reception

    Beacon United Church
    25 Beacon Street
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Dianne Banks

Posted at 10:14pm
Paula and Blair...sorry I could not attend your mom s service on Saturday...I was in Ontario with my sister. Tonight(Monday the 25th) we are in a hotel in Beckley, WV on our way to our winter home in Florida. So thankful to be able to watch the video of the service here..oh, the wonders of technology! My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Joyce was a great friend and confident...I will never forget her and her love
Dianne and Sonny Banks

Jolene Pattison

Posted at 04:30pm
I most remember a wonderful sense of humour, a hearty laugh, and a deep sense of compassion. Joyce was one of my role models as I grew up - I learned so much from her.
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Lesley and Paddy

Posted at 03:31pm
Our heartfelt condolences to Paula and her family during the difficult days ahead.
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Linda DeMone

Posted at 12:34pm
My sincere condolences to the family. She was a great asset to Public Health Services and to her community.

Linda DeMone (Blades)

Cheryl Burchell

Posted at 01:11pm
Dear Paula, Blair and all other family members:
I have so many great memories of your mom and our 2 children were recipients of those personalized Christmas stockings! I met your mom firstly through my dad, Fred Whitehouse. (They worked together for many years.) Then as a teen I delivered the paper to your home on Porter St., where I now reside. I started visiting your mom at the Villa and was due soon for another visit, when I learned she had passed. My loss; her mind was sharp and we would have some good chuckles!

My sincerest condolences go out to all of you. Cheryl Burchell

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