Another treasure gained for Heaven

One woman
Granny Bridget (Rankin) MacDougall - 1918-2011

10 children

Oldest 4 - around 1945

Oldest 4 - 2011

17 grandchildren

19 great-grandchildren + 1 on the way!

She was a magnificent and beautiful woman.  She lived a full life and passed away this morning at age 93.  (Her husband, my grandfather, passed away many years ago and I have no digital pictures of him yet.)

She has left behind a legacy and she has provided us an amazing example to follow.

Heaven has gained two MacDougall treasures in 2011.
Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them.  May the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace.  Amen.

And in the perfect words of my Uncle Ray:
Fare-thee-weel, thou best and dearest!
Fare-thee-weel, thou best and dearest!
Thine be ilka joy and treasure,
Peace, Enjoyment, Love and Pleasure!
Ae fond kiss, and then we sever!
Ae fareweel alas, for ever!

MacDOUGALL, Bridget - 93, died peacefully Friday, December 30, 2011 while residing at Sullivan's Lane, Parkstone Enhanced Care, Halifax. She was born Bridget Ann Rankin, July 5, 1918 in West Mabou, Inverness Co., to Mary (Burke) Rankin and Angus Peter Rankin. She married Angus Alexander MacDougall in 1941, settling in Halifax, and for the next 36 years they raised ten children, until his passing in 1977. She was quick to offer a cheery word or a cup of tea and a biscuit, and was generous with her coveted home made bread. She lovingly crafted knitted items, from mittens and sweaters, to baby sets. Bridget honored her Cape Breton and Celtic heritage attending musical and social events, often speaking Gaelic, her first language. She was a frequent guest at the Gaelic Speaker's Group. She was a charter member of St. Stephen's Catholic Church and participated in the Catholic Women's League, Sodality, Legion of Mary and Cursillo.

She is survived by her children, Ronald (Cathy), Midland, Michigan; Bernard, Inverness; Lorne, Sydney River; Alexander, Michael and Elizabeth Ann, Halifax; Vincent Douglas, Vancouver, B.C.; and Raymond (Beth), Montgomery Village, Maryland. Bridget was blessed to be called Granny, Nanny and Grandma by 17 grandchildren: Stephen, Melanie, Paul, Lisa, Michael, Laura, Elana, Michael, Scott, Angela, Rosemary, Ainslie, Pascale, Jocelyn, Verity, and Angus; and 18 great-grandchildren: Monica, Michael, Alexandra, Mikaela, Ainslie, Breagh, Mari, Kathleen, Will, Thomas, Austin, Leah, Colton, Kylie, Leo, Elena, Audrey and Liam. In addition to her husband, she was predeceased by a daughter, Kathleen VanZutphen and son, Leo.

She also is survived by sisters Christie Rankin, West Mabou, and Marie MacPhee, Colindale; and Catherine Annie MacLeod, Sudbury, Ont. She was predeceased by sisters, Catherine and Margaret Rankin and Mary Elizabeth MacKinnon and brother, Alexander Rankin; daughter-in-law Ruth MacDougall and grandson Kevin Van Zutphen.

Cuiridh mi clach air do chàrn.
"I'll put a stone on your cairn."

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