Elva Lillian (O’Leary) Newcombe passed away peacefully on the morning of August 2, 2023. She was surrounded by family as she made her journey home. The sky was a beautiful blue and there was a gentle breeze. Not a cloud in the sky.
Elva was the daughter of Horace and Beulah (Bezanson) O’Leary. She was born in Vaughans Hants County, Nova Scotia on April 2nd, 1922. She was greatly loved by her parents and brothers and sisters. She missed each one dearly and was ready to be reunited with them. Elva was married to Raymond Wentworth Newcombe and the mother of Donna (Ronald) Bell, Hamilton, Ontario, Joan (Weldon) Brown, Windsor, Nova Scotia, Sandra (Ken) Swan, Windsor, Nova Scotia and Wayne (Christine) Newcombe, Windsor, Nova Scotia.
Elva who was lovingly known as Nannie Noonie to her grandchildren and also known as Waldo to her very special nephews will be missed more than can be put into words. She was deeply and profoundly loved by her family.
Elva was an extraordinary mother and a wonderful homemaker. Always welcoming friends and family into her home for a snack and a great conversation. She loved hearing about the adventures of her family and friend's from all over Canada and throughout the United States. She had a close relationship with everyone in her family and she made sure that each person felt special. She never forgot a birthday or a special occasion. Always sending out a card with a special greeting and a newspaper clipping of a funny story.
Everyone always made a special trip to Nova Scotia each year to see Nannie Noonie.
To have known Elva was to have known the best of us. She was always loving and generous with her time. A safe refuge to seek throughout the trials and tribulations of life.
She was fiercely loved by her family and protected at all costs. We have been so privileged to have had this wonderful lady for so long.
We find comfort in knowing that she has now made her way back out the Chester Road and across the lake. Places she so dearly loved and asked for in the last few years.
Elva is survived by daughters, Donna (Ronald) Bell, Joan (Weldon) Brown and Sandra (Ken) Swan. Daughter in law, Christine Newcombe, her sister in law, Lola O’Leary and special cousin, Dorothy Hartt. Her grandchildren, Corey (Lisa) Brown, Wile Settlement, Nova Scotia, Karen (Pat) Yeaton, Ottawa, Ontario, Kimberly (William) Swan, Windsor, Nova Scotia, Krista (Buck) Randall, Madison, Mississippi, Michael (Michelle) Bell, Toronto, Ontario, Teria (Jamie) Rogers, Falmouth, Nova Scotia, Craig (Hope) Brown, Windsor, Nova Scotia, Jody (Carmen) Newcombe, Falmouth, Nova Scotia.
Great Grandchildren, Shelby (Adam) Barker, Evan Burton, MacKenzie (Alex) Brown, Reagan Brown, Cole Brown , DJ Brown, Rachel Yeaton, Hannah Yeaton, Keegan Bell, Sam Bell, Ryder Swan-Kadjuk and Alexa Purdy. Great Great Grandchildren, Ella Veinott-Burton, Bradley Raye Barker and Oliver Rasmussen
Nieces and Nephews, Stephen O’Leary, Gordon O’Leary (Brandon), Wade O’Leary (Jared and Jenna), Todd O’Leary, Kathleen O’Leary, Gail Demmings, Kevin O’Leary, Dougie O’Leary, Kelly O’Leary, Michael O’Leary, Beverly Matheson, Joyce Redden, Annette McCarthy, Christine O’Leary, Emily Hines, Jimmie Mumford, and Reginald Mumford and numerous other special family and friends.
Elva was predeceased by her parents Horace and Beulah O’Leary, Sister Daisy (Avery) Caldwell, Brother Foster (Dorothy) O’Leary, Sister Gladys (Norman) Mumford, Brother Victor (Lola) O’Leary, Husband Raymond Wentworth Newcombe. Her son Wayne (Christine) Newcombe, Son in law Weldon (Joan) Brown, Nephews Dean O’Leary and Ormal Mumford, Nieces Carol O’Leary, Marlene O’Leary, Jean O’Leary and Brenda Ivie, Great nephews Mark O’Leary and Shawn O’Leary.
The family would like to give very special thanks to Amber Phillips, Palliative Care of Hants Community Hospital, Dr. Mark Kazimirski, Unit 200 Nursing Staff, The Macleod House, Elizabeth and Northwood Homecare with special thanks to Elizabeth Flynn. And very special thanks to Kim Zwicker, Donna Burgess, Leslie Harvey and Jenn Smith who lovingly cared for Elva in her final days. And many, many others who provided love and support to Elva and her family.
Donations in her memory may be made to the Hants Community Hospital Palliative Care Foundation.
There will be no service at her request.
After a well-lived 101 years on this earth and surrounded by so much love, may you rest in peace. May her memory be a blessing to us all.