Reta May Cameron (nee Elliott) passed away at home in Timberlea, NS, Saturday Nov. 4th at the age of 97 years.
Born in Hastings, NB, 1920, she moved to Petitcodiac NB in the late summer of 1937 for work where she met her future husband, Raleigh Cameron. She lived in Petitcodiac until 2008 when she and her son, Bill, moved to Timberlea NS to live with her daughter, Janet, and son-in-law, Jerry Gallant.
Reta was the daughter of James (Jim) William Elliott 1886-1939 and Catherine (Cassie) Elizabeth (Bogle) Elliott 1889-1959.
She is survived by sons, Roger (Judy) Pointe Claire, Quebec; Gary (Norma) River Glade, NB; Bill, Timberlea, NS and daughter, Janet Gallant (Jerry) as well as sisters Helen Black, Hillsborough, NB, Catherine (Kay) Swim, Kamloops BC.; three great-great grandchildren, 10 great grandchildren, seven grandchildren and many loved nieces and nephews.
Her grandchildren are Scott (Kathy), Jamie (Nina), Heather (Pat Bennatar), Emmanuel "Peggy" (John Thomson), Chris, Stacey (Josh) Phelps and Stephanie Ogilvie (Brock Unger). Step-grandchildren, Jana and Jason Gallant and Marianne and Janet Copp.
Reta’s great grandchildren are Robert and Elizabeth; Angela (Tyler) Le; Nathaniel, Aimee and Killian; Molly and Thadius, Lily and Abbi. Step-great grandchildren, Brandon and Jesse.
Her great-great grandchildren are Evan, Jordan and Galen Patrick.
Predeceased by her husband, Raleigh Karl Cameron 1907-1983 and brothers,
Charlie 1911 -1986
Walter 1916 – 2002
Victor 1918 – 2000
Parker 1922 – 1984
Weldon 1924 – 2012
Winston 1928 – 1974
Hazel 1912 – 1965
Ethel 1914 – 1970
Edna 1926 – 1975, who passed away exactly 42 years earlier on the same day as Reta.
Reta was the longest living person of their Elliott Clan. An adherent of St. James United Church, Petitcodiac and proud to receive her 50 year pin from the Church in June 2004. A former member of the UCW and Life Member of the New Brunswick Women’s Institute since July 1992, she cherished them all for their friendship and fellowship.
The well-being of her family and friends meant everything to Reta. Our Mom was without ego, completely non-judgemental and selfless. She provided care, compassion and love for her husband, Raleigh, for 12 years after his initial stroke and heart attack until his passing in 1983. After Raleigh’s passing, and from that time forward, her son Bill would remain the focus of her love and devotion which will forever abide.
If kindness were a currency, then Mom would be our Wall Street. Her humble, yet strong, quiet wisdom was instilled through her life as an example to her children.
In 2016, her niece, Angela Swim posted on Facebook, ‘Blessed are those who can give without remembering and take without forgetting’ and this WE BELIEVE perfectly described how our Mom lived her life.
In keeping with Reta’s wishes, a memorial service will be held at the Salisbury Funeral Home, 3350 Route 106, Salisbury, NB at 11:AM on Friday, November 10th followed by a light lunch.
As you know, she would want you to enjoy conversation and companionship over a cup of tea and a sweet.