Surrounded by her family, Bertha Marie Shea passed away peacefully at her home on Saturday January 25, 2020. Bertha was born September 16, 1951 in Alberton, PEI to Joseph Albert and Mary Yvonne Knox. She was one of thirteen children. Bertha spent her younger years in Tignish, Prince Edward Island until her family moved to Nova Scotia when she was a teenager. The Island always held a special place in her heart, and she moved back as a young adult. It was there that she raised her three children. Bertha was a beloved daughter, sister, mother, aunt, friend, and “Meme”. She had many loves: her religion, tea, reading, having fun and laughter, her family, and traveling. Bertha was a devout Catholic and found comfort and strength in the Lord throughout her life. She could frequently be found drinking tea, with a book in hand. Bertha loved to laugh and had a fantastic sense of humor. Her trips to Ireland were a treasured experience that she fondly reminisced about. At any family gathering she was the one with the biggest smile. Bertha was incredibly strong, she lived life on her own terms, and found joy despite life’s challenges. Her positive outlook is an inspiration. She had a way of making people feel special. Bertha loved deeply and will be missed immensely. She is survived by her mother; her siblings, Stella (Barry), Irma (Fred), Betty (Dave), Cathy (Dave), Jim (Christine), Paul (Cindy), Claudia (Allan), Floyd (Darlene) and Ray; her children, Jason (Colleen), Kyla (Steve) and Adam (Jocelyn); her grandchildren, Justina, Jade, Jenna, Julie, Matthew, Nathan, Ryder, Jackson, and Alyssa; her great-grandchildren Jaydyn, Presley, Joshua and Lydia; and many nieces and nephews. Bertha is predeceased by her father; her brothers, Ronnie (Evie), and Len (Margaret); and her sister Myrna (Mike).
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