Laura Carl MacKinnon
1925 - 2021
Laura Carl MacKinnon
Visitation Information
March 29, 2021
Visitation Time
6-8 PM
Visitation Location
Mattatall - Varner Funeral Home, 55 Young Street, Truro
Service Information
Service Date
Sunday, May 23, 2021
Service Time
Private Funeral Service
Service Location
Mattatall - Varner Funeral Home, 55 Young Street, Truro
Burial Information
Burial Date
Later Date
Burial Location
Main Road Cemetery, Debert
Requested Charity
Debert Court
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Laura Carl MacKinnon - 95, Debert. On Friday, March 26, 2021, God called another angel home; Laura passed away peacefully with her step-daughter at her side. Born in East Village, she was a daughter of the late James and Elsie (Roblee) Robinson.

As a teenager, she went to Montreal to be a nanny for a doctor’s family. Upon her return, she met and married George Sanford and they had their daughter, Nancy. When Laura’s cousin, Dorothy Teed, passed away, Laura became a huge part of Dot’s children’s lives. The Teeds never forgot her kindness and continued to show it to this day with their gifts of music, visits and endless hugs. Laura was always happiest when surrounded by her family and friends, around the kitchen table as she put "a lunch" on. She will be remembered by students and staff of Debert Elementary School as their cook.

In 1971, she married Fred MacKinnon and helped raise his four children.  After a lengthy illness at home, Laura welcomed her last family of Debert Court. She often stated her appreciation about the kindness and laughter she shared with the staff and other residents. Debert United Church and its UCW was always a big part of Laura’s life; we know that God looks on her with pride for her life.

Laura was the last surviving member of her immediate family and is survived by her step-children, Raymond (Myrna) MacKinnon, Grand Valley, Ontario; Wayne (Jean) MacKinnon, Morell, Prince Edward Island; Doug (Kathleen) MacKinnon, Victoria, British Columbia; Madonna MacKinnon, Truro; 12 grandchildren; 21 great grandchildren; two great-great grandchildren. Along with her parents, she was predeceased by her first husband, George Sanford; second husband, Frederick MacKinnon; daughter, Nancy Sanford; sisters, Muriel, Jean, Louise; brothers, Ernie, Whitman, Audrey; sisters-in-law, Hazel, Dora, Marion; brothers-in-law, Ralph, Johnny, Clifford.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Mattatall – Varner Funeral Home, 55 Young Street, Truro, where Laura’s family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m., Monday, March 29, 2021. (Please use the front doors of the funeral home, wear face masks and practice physical distancing.) Private funeral service will be held on Sunday, May 23, 2021; webcasting of the funeral service will be open to all and may be viewed from this site at 12:55 p.m., Sunday, May 23, 2021; this link will remain active for some time after the funeral. Interment will be held in Main Road Cemetery, Debert. If so desired, donations in Laura’s memory to Debert Court are welcomed. Private messages of condolence may be sent to the family by viewing Laura’s obituary on-line and selecting "Send A Condolence" at:


Laura Carl MacKinnon