Mary Louise Killam

Mary Louise Killam

Saturday, July 5th, 1947 - Saturday, August 24th, 2019
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Mary Louise (Grant) KILLAM - age 72. It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our dear mother on August 24, 2019 after a brief illness. Born in Woodstock, New Brunswick, she was a daughter of the late Robert Mowat Grant and Elizabeth Grantham (Richardson) Grant. Mary Louise graduated from Woodstock High School and then attended Acadia University where she studied music. While at Acadia, she met her beloved husband Gary Killam. After their marriage in 1969, they lived in Scott’s Bay NS where they welcomed their first daughter in 1970. In 1973 they settled in Yarmouth where their second daughter was born and Gary began a long career as the Physics teacher at Yarmouth Consolidated Memorial High School.
While raising her family, she taught piano and was Organist and Choir Director at Yarmouth Zion Baptist Church. Later she became Organist, Choir Director and Secretary at Beacon United Church, where she and her family attended for many years forging many lifelong friendships. In retirement, Mary Louise began attending Holy Trinity Anglican Church where she volunteered as Organist and Choir Director for some time.
Mary Louise gave a lifetime of service to her community, contributing greatly to many organizations over the years. She followed in her mother’s footsteps and became a passionate member of the IODE, serving as Secretary of the local Leif Erikson Chapter for 34 years, as well as being on the Provincial Executive including two years as Provincial President.
She has been instrumental in many other organizations that she worked tirelessly for, including: V.O.N. (Board Secretary); Milton Improvement Society (Board Secretary); John & Douglas Kindergarten (Chairperson); Yarmouth County Museum & Archive (Board Secretary and Historigram Editor); Yarmouth Community Fuel Fund (Coordinator); Meals on Wheels (Volunteer); Yarmouth Choral Federation Board (Member); Girl Guides of Canada (Guider, Camp Advisor and Yarmouth Area District Commissioner).
In recognition of her years of volunteering she received many awards, such as the National Prestigious Award for Voluntary Services for years of dedication to the V.O.N. (2017); Nova Scotia Provincial Volunteer Award for Yarmouth (2014); Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee Medal (2012).
She is survived by her daughters, Anstice (David) Atkinson, Yarmouth, Sybil (Stephen) Power, Port Williams; sister, Anne Empke, Newmarket, Ontario; grandchildren, Liam, Emma, Sophie, Gavin, Garynn. She was predeceased by her loving husband Gary in 2000.
Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Sweeny’s Funeral Home and Crematorium, Yarmouth. Visitation will be held Tuesday August 27th, 2019 from 7-9 p.m. at Sweeny’s Funeral Home. A funeral service will be held Wednesday, August 28th, 2019 at 2 p.m. from Holy Trinity Anglican Church with Rev. Tory Byrne officiating. Interment will take place in Riverside Cemetery in Hebron. Family flowers only please. Donations in memory may be made the Tri County V.O.N. (, or the Community Fuel Fund. Online condolences may be sent to : or you may sign the guestbook online at:
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Tuesday, August 27th, 2019 | 7:00pm - 9:00pm
    Tuesday, August 27th, 2019 7:00pm - 9:00pm
    Sweeny's Funeral Home Chapel
    567 Main Street
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  • Service

    Wednesday, August 28th, 2019 | 2:00pm
    Wednesday, August 28th, 2019 2:00pm
    Holy Trinity Anglican Church
    65 William Street
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    Rev. Tory Byrne
  • Interment

    Riverside Cemetery
    Cemetery Road
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  • Reception

    Holy Trinity Anglican Church Hall
    William Street
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Ruth Murray

Posted at 01:51pm
To the Family of Mary Louise: It is with great sadness that I extend my condolences to you all. I met Mary Louise as a volunteer through Provincial IODE. Mary Louise was dedicated, generous, caring, always willing to help and she had a wonderful sense of humour. Someone so special can never be forgotten. May your memories give you peace and comfort.
Ruth Murray

Clare & Rick Stamp

Posted at 08:49pm
Sybil, Stephen, Gavin and Garynn

Our thoughts are with you at this difficult time. We hope all of your warm memories of your dear Mom will help give you comfort and peace. A mother's love is with you always .

Clare and Rick Stamp

Barb Knock

Posted at 11:29am
I got to know Mary Louise through Guiding dealing with camp equipment, cookies, archives, council meetings and the many times she photocopied for us. Wonderful memories for the many lives she touched. Always working for the betterment of others. My thoughts are with you all today. Rest in peace Mary Louise.

Peter&Theresa Morris

Posted at 07:34pm
Sybil, Stephen, Gavin, Garynn & Extended Family,

Thinking of you all today & sending our deepest condolences ! May your warm & beautiful memories comfort you & be your source of strength at this difficult time. Love & Blessings, Aunt Theresa & Uncle Peter Morris, Outer Cove, NL

Robert Doyle

Posted at 09:24am
Sybil, Stephen and Family,
I just wanted to extend my heartfelt sympathy on the passing of your mother/mother-in-law and pray that God's grace gives you comfort at this difficult time. Know that you are in my thoughts and prayers.

Robert Doyle,
Dartmouth, NS.

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