Mona Maund

Obituary of Mona Isobel Maund

MAUND, (Mitchell), Mona Isobel (Croft). With profound sadness, Mona’s girls: Karen, Sheila, Denise, and Margaret announce her passing on February 25, 2013 at home in Berwick, N.S. Mona was born to Major Ainley and Adelyn Croft on June 12, 1917 in Trenton, N.S. Mona is survived by her dear brother David Croft (Janice), Barrie, ON, daughters, Karen Archibald, Sheila Garland, Denise Haines (Kevin), Margaret Haines (Adrian), step-daughter Paula Adams (Glenn), son-in-law Richard Baker; grandchildren: Brian Archibald, Carolyn Brackett, Rick Baker, Jennifer Baker, Kathy Ferguson, Shannon Garland, Kristen Haines, Lorne and Thom Adams; 10 great grandchildren, and 3 great great grandchildren, as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Predeceased by her parents, her first husband William Mitchell, her brother Ainley Croft, her sister Carol Henderson, her second husband Joseph Maund, her daughter Marianne Baker, sons-in-law Brian Haines, Jake Garland, and Lawrence Archibald, and her niece Lyn Kyneston. Mum spent her life enjoying music. She studied at the Maritime Academy of Music in Halifax (piano, pipe organ and voice training). She achieved a licentiate from the Royal School of Music, London. She graduated as both a teacher and accompanist. She later returned to study at St. Mary’s University where a B.A. and B.Ed. enabled her to teach in public school: English and Music. She was one of the first to teach music as a subject in Dartmouth schools. She was involved in establishing music as a credit subject in Nova Scotia, particularly in high school. Many of her students went on to pursue careers in which music was a major factor. In addition to teaching, she was organist and choir director at Grace United and St. James United Churches in Dartmouth. While at St. James, she learned the art of hand bell ringing which she later introduced in Berwick to many young and adult bell ringers. Mum so loved her family, friends, music, teaching, reading, the Cottage at Turners Brook, her hand bell choirs, poetry, Heather’s wine, and chocolate. We would like to express our deepest gratitude to: Mum’s special VON “girls” and nursing care, Katrina Patterson, Dr. Burgess, and all of you who offered your support and care during these recent months. With you all, her dignity and grace remained intact to the end. There will be no visitation or service as requested. Cremation has taken place. Interment at Dartmouth Memorial Gardens. There will be a celebration of Mona’s life to be announced at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations to Berwick United Church – In Memory of Mona Maund (funds will be directed to the hand bell choir) or a charity of your choice would be greatly appreciated. Bye for now Mummy, we love you dearly! “If music be the food of love, play on”. Online condolences may be made by visiting or by sending them to P.O. Box 355, Kentville, NS B3N 4X1.

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