The world has lost a kind and generous soul. On Friday evening, November 29, 2019, Clinton Steeves lost his amazing friend, partner, and sweetheart of 56 years, Pauline Muriel Steeves (Keith). Danny, Angela, Jamie, and Dawna-Lee lost their loving mother and greatest teacher.
Raised in the green meadows of Lower Ridge, she spent most of her very productive life proudly living in Havelock. A great gardener and historian, she will be remembered for her tireless dedication to the community.
Pauline attended school in Lower Ridge, Havelock, and Haverhill, Massachusetts. She worked for the T. Eaton Company, Canada Post, and behind the scenes for the family highway building business. She was the coauthor of two local history books. She travelled extensively, visiting 48 countries, but it was the warm hospitable people and family members of Devonshire, Bermuda that captured part of her heart.
Pauline loved to rise early, get started on her day’s work, and to care for her family. Her 12 grandchildren knew that breakfast was always on time, a positive word was available from Grandma, but also that they were expected to be good people. We will always remember the life lessons, potatoes are good for you, never waste a raspberry, and a little music in the background makes everything better. Always whistle if you can.
Born in 1942, she was the daughter of Winston and Bernice (Black) Keith. She was pre-deceased by her parents, grandson Quinton Lea, and brothers Reginald and Ralph.
Her loving immediate family cherished every moment with her; son Danny of Havelock, grandchildren Katrianna (Thomas) Baglole, Aaron, and Olivia, first great grandchild Ellis, daughter Angela Stief-Lea (John) of Havelock, grandchildren Izaak, Quinton, and Micah, son Jamie (Cadre) of Devonshire, Bermuda, grandchildren Sydney, Zachary, and Kennedy, and daughter Dawna-Lee (Gordon) Coneen, grandchildren Amelia, Hannah, and Noah.
She is also survived by her brothers Malcolm (Shirley), Arthur (late Elsie), Connell, and Robin (Denise), and her sisters Eileen Nash and Ann (Gerald) Dunham.
A strong believer in getting involved, Pauline dedicated great efforts to the Havelock Women’s Institute, the Greenhill and Loyalist Cemeteries, and the Kings County Historical Association. She served as a Commissioner of Oaths, Brownie leader, and Sunday school teacher. Pauline spent many years involved with the local Home and School, and later, the PSSC. Over time, the extensive gardens that she built with her beloved husband Clinton have been opened to countless graduates, wedding parties, and family gatherings. A unifying force in her family, nieces, nephews, and anyone who came through the door were treated to a hot meal and a warm home.
A private family service will be held, and much later, a public gathering of remembrance.
In lieu of flowers, donations to the Havelock Greenhill and Loyalist Cemetery Fund would be greatly appreciated.
Arrangements are in the care of Salisbury Funeral Home and Crematorium (372-4800).