Mary "Betty" Muck
Surrounded by her loving family, Mary Elizabeth "Betty" Muck (MacDonald), 64, passed away peacefully on Sunday, February 3, 2019, at the Moncton Hospital after a long, hard battle with Cancer. Betty was born in Cape Breton, NS in 1954 and was a proud "Caper". She was the youngest of 8 Children to Donnie and Elizabeth "Lizzie" (Turnbull) MacDonald.
She always spoke fondly of her childhood, growing up in Homeville and McKays corner, spending time with countless relatives and cousins that were more like siblings to her. She was crowned "Miss Morion" in her teen years and loved showing off her crown. After graduating high school and completing her studies at College she moved to the big city of Halifax where she began working as a ward clerk at the Victoria General Hospital. A career she loved for over 40 years. On a trip to Germany that summer to visit her sister Linda, things would never be the same for her, after meeting a handsome man in uniform named Jim Muck. They fell madly in love and were married a short time later. She loved telling the story of how she was supposed to visit Linda for 2 weeks and flew home on the 45th day of her 45 day travel visa. They were married for 44 years and are a true testament of love, strength and commitment. After living in Toronto and Halifax, they settled in Miramichi and remained for over 30 years, raising their 3 children there.
Betty worked as a ward clerk, majority of time spent in the ER, at the Miramichi Regional Hospital where she was known as "Mama Muck". She was never short on advice, laughs or baked goods. She was a fantastic story teller. She brought every story to life with her enthusiasm and funny wit. She had the best sense of humour and loved to laugh. Her bright light touched many, her smile was contagious, and people loved being around her.
She is survived by her siblings Lorraine, Alice, Jack, Linda, Robert and loving husband James, three children Darin (Cheri), Ryan (Chandelle) and Shannon Shaddick (Mark) and the true light of her life- two grandchildren: Elizabeth (Lizzie) and Jack Shaddick. "Nanny" was her favourite job in the world. She enriched their lives with her adoring love and pride and contributed greatly to their growth and development.
Besides her parents, she is predeceased by her brothers, Phillip and Donald. Betty embraced life and was never afraid of its challenges. Not even Cancer could slow her down. Travelling to Jamaica and New York, even amongst treatments. Her life was guided by her strong faith and positive outlook. She loved her family more than anything, always putting everyone else first. There was always a pot of tea on the stove and the door was always open. She encouraged everyone to "never sweat the small stuff", she simply made everything better. She will be missed beyond words.
Family will receive relatives and friends at St. Paul's United Church, 404 Cleveland Ave, Riverview, on Friday, February 8, from 6 to 8 pm and again on Saturday, February 9, from 11 am until time of Service at 12 noon with Rev. Steve Berubé and Rev. Dr. Andy O’Neill officiating.
If desired, memorials to Friends of the Moncton Hospital, the Canadian Cancer Society or a charity of the donor’s choice would be appreciated by the family.
Arrangements are in the care of the Salisbury Funeral Home (372-4800) www.keirsteads.ca