Bernice Mary Snowdon (nee Phinney)
1927 - 2022
Bernice Mary Snowdon (nee Phinney)
Service Information
Service Location
Celebration of Life to be held at a later date
Requested Charity
Heart & Stroke Foundation; Drew Nursing Home
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Born May 15, 1927 Mom passed December 10, 2022 in her 96th year. She was predeceased by her parents, Kenneth and Della Mae Phinney, siblings Marjorie, Nellie and Ernest, husband Emerson, sons Bruce and William, daughter Judith and grandson William. Survived by her siblings Reva (Cook) and Vernon, sons Robert, Kenneth and Alan, and numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren and relatives. 

Mom retained fond memories of growing up on the family farm in Brooklyn Road, Midgic.  After moving to Sackville to work at the age of 14 she met Emerson Snowdon and in 1943 embarked on an adventure that took her to military bases across the country with a final posting to Trenton, Ontario in 1960.  As her children began to leave home and Dad retired from the air force to establish his own business, Mom longed to be back in Brooklyn. She had a little cottage built and began spending summers in the area again, enjoying the company of her parents and siblings. After Dad passed she moved from Trenton to Brooklyn full-time and enjoyed an active, busy life for many years. Eventually she moved into Sackville and, after a series of increasingly debilitating strokes, spent the last several years of her life at the Drew Nursing Home. 

Mom’s life was full of challenges. Raising a large family was a test at the best of times and in the early years of their marriage Dad’s job took him away from home for long periods of time. Mom was resilient and resourceful, relying on her own work ethic and the community of air force wives that kept the home fires burning. She dealt with the loss of a new born in 1945, her youngest child in 1966, her eldest in 1985, and her husband in 1992. Returning ‘down home’ to Brooklyn brought her a sense of peace, tranquility and joyfulness whether she was tending her blueberries, travelling the backroads in her old car, or spending time with her siblings. Mom was a great listener, supportive of family and friends, and she enjoyed listening to music and loved to sing. A fabulous baker, she made sure that, in our younger years, birthdays and holidays were celebrated with special baked treats that included nickels, dimes and quarters wrapped in waxed paper. Mom had a good life; she is at peace now and sadly missed.

Cremation arrangements have been entrusted to Jones Funeral Home, 70 Bridge Street, Sackville. A celebration of Mom’s life and interment will be held in the spring.  

Memorial donations to the Heart and Stroke Foundation or to the Drew Nursing Home would be appreciated.

Bernice Mary Snowdon (nee Phinney)