It is with deep sadness we announce the passing of Noreen Deborah Spence, age 91, of Baie Verte, NB. Noreen passed away on Tuesday, March 21, 2023 at the Sackville Memorial Hospital.
Born in Amherst, NS, she was a daughter of the late Vincent and Margaret (Doyle) Goodwin.
As a young woman Noreen traveled from Baie Verte New Brunswick to Bellville Ontario for her training in nursing and returned to the Sackville (NB) Hospital where she nursed for many years. Noreen was instrumental in starting a diabetic clinic in Sackville. She also was involved with the original planning of the Westford Nursing Home in Port Elgin NB. Noreen is remembered fondly by those who she worked with and those she nursed.
Noreen was a painter and made beautiful watercolor pieces depicting the Baie Verte scenery. Noreen loved to ski on the Baie Verte marshes and through the woodland trails in winter. She loved birds and every aspect of nature. Noreen enjoyed trips out on the bay with her husband and sons. A swimmer in the great river, Noreen could be found down by the shore with her friends young and old until she was in her 90s.
Noreen was very involved in her community and cared for those around her. Noreen was a great story-teller and avid historian. She loved to share memories about her experiences growing up on her parent’s farm in Baie Verte and helping in her father’s general store. She could make characters and events come alive through words steeped in nuance and humor.
Noreen was fiery, wise and tough as nails. She was a faithful friend, a mother to many, and a pillar in family and community.
Noreen will be dearly missed by her sons Marc (Ghita Levin), and Michael (Mary Thompson), both of Baie Verte; siblings, Margaret Ann, Dartmouth NS, Esther, Moncton NB, Don, Winnipeg MN, and Reg, Wawa ON.
She was predeceased by her husband George, son Jeff, and brother Rod.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Jones Funeral Home, Port Elgin and Sackville, NB, 364-1300, where cremation has taken place. A gathering at her home (314 Main Street, Baie Verte, NB) will be held on Saturday, May 27, 2023 from 1-4pm. Noreen will be interred with her husband in the Baie Verte Cemetery at a later date.
Donations in memory of Noreen may be made to the charity of your choice.
Sharing of memories and condolences may be sent to the family by visiting the online memorial at www.jonesfuneralhome.ca or through the Jones Funeral Home Facebook Page.