Bessie Audrey (MacDonald) MacMeekin
1936 - 2023
Bessie Audrey (MacDonald) MacMeekin
Visitation Information
November 4, 2023
Visitation Time
5-8 PM
Visitation Location
Mattatall - Varner Funeral Home, 55 Young Street, Truro
Service Information
Service Date
Sunday November 5, 2023
Service Time
3:00 PM
Service Location
Westchester Wesleyan Church, Westchester Station
Burial Information
Burial Date
November 5, 2023
Burial Location
Eagle Hill Cemetery, Westchester Station
Requested Charity
Willow Lodge Home for Special Care (Recreation Department) or Westchester Wesleyan Church
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Bessie Audrey (MacDonald) MacMeekin – 87, Truro, passed away peacefully, surrounded by her loving children, on Thursday, October 26, 2023, at Willow Lodge Home for Special Care, Tatamagouche. Born in North Greenville, Cumberland County, she was a daughter of the late Daniel and Charlotte (Dykens) MacDonald.

Bessie worked for over 30 years at Stanfield’s in Truro where she was a seamstress; Mom loved her work and took pride in everything she did. She made many lifelong friendships while she was employed at Stanfield’s. Hilden was where Mom loved life most "with Bill and the kids".

Bessie is survived by her children, Wayne (Janet) MacMeekin, Truro; Glen MacMeekin, Kemptown; Heather Canton (Tom), Truro; Sandra Petrie (Fran), Welland, Ontario; 14 special grandchildren; 16 dear great grandchildren; brothers, Rodney (Esther) MacDonald, Onslow; Ronnie (Shirley) MacDonald, Westchester; sisters-in-law, Audrey MacDonald, Brookfield; Dorothy MacDonald, Enfield; Betty MacDonald, Onslow; Sharon MacDonald, Moncton, New Brunswick; several nieces and nephews.

Along with her parents, she was predeceased by her husband, Bill (1985); son, Randy (2013); sisters, Doris MacDonald, Edith MacDonald in infancy; brothers, Danny MacDonald, Kenneth (Pauline) MacDonald, Deverne MacDonald, Stacey MacDonald, Payson MacDonald.

Special thanks are extended to Julie Tattrie (Recreation Coordinator) at Willow Lodge for your wonderful hymn singing in Mom’s final days; it brought comfort to both Mom and her family. As well, we would like to thank all the staff and nurses at Willow Lodge whose care for Mom and her family went above and beyond and will never be forgotten; you are all of God’s angels and Mom would have told you all this. A special thank you to Mom’s niece, Marilyn Mansvelt, for your special blessings and prayers with Mom in her final hours.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Mattatall – Varner Funeral Home, 55 Young Street, Truro, where Bessie’s family will receive friends from 5-8 p.m., Saturday, November 4, 2023. Funeral service will be held 3 p.m., Sunday, November 5, 2023, at Westchester Wesleyan Church, 4611 Wentworth Collingwood Road, Westchester Station, Reverend Marilyn Mansvelt and Pastor Sharon Simoneau officiating. Interment in Eagle Hill Cemetery. If so desired, donations in Bessie’s memory to Willow Lodge Home for Special Care (Recreation Department) or Westchester Wesleyan Church are welcomed. Public messages of condolence may be sent to the family by viewing Bessie’s obituary online and selecting "Send A Condolence" at:

"It’s not good-bye, it’s see you later!"

Bessie Audrey (MacDonald) MacMeekin