AGNS remembers Ann MacDonald

The Art Gallery of Nova Scotia is saddened by the recent loss of Ann MacDonald. Ann worked with the AGNS security detail in a part time capacity for more than 15 years. Her dedication to the AGNS and her spirit will be missed.

MACDONALD (Rafuse), Angeline Irene "Ann"
Dartmouth, passed away peacefully at home on April 27, 2009, after a valiant battle with cancer. Originally from Parkdale, Lunenburg Co., she was the fourth of 13 children of the late Frank and Sadie (Faulkenham) Rafuse. She is survived by her daughter, Beverley Busson (Phil Fairhead); son, Danny, and daughter, Janice (Rob) Scott, as well as grandchildren, Erin, Brent, Michael, and Adam of whom she was fiercely proud. She is also survived by sisters, Reta Rafuse, Belle Rafuse, Winnie (Bob) Evanson, Betty (Murray) Eisnor, Connie (Jacob) Penney, and brothers, Jerry (Alice) Rafuse, Thomas (Margaret) Sauber, Frank Rafuse (Viola Blackadar), Donnie (Charmaine) Rafuse, and many nieces and nephews, both real and unofficially adopted by "Aunt Ann". She was predeceased by husband, Earl and brothers, Max (Beulah), Roby (Vivian), and Calvin (Joyce) Rafuse. Ann enlisted in the CWAC (Canadian Women's Army Corps) at age 16 and served during the Second World War. She then graduated from the Maritime Business College and spent many years working in the retail industry. She was a very active volunteer for numerous worthy charities and organizations including the C.C.B. (Canadian Council of the Blind) club in Dartmouth. Ann was a member of the Royal Canadian Legion, Somme Branch, and proudly represented women in the Armed Forces through her participation in the Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo. Later in life, Ann joined the Corps of Commissionaires, and worked in the security department at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia until she became ill in October. She enjoyed bowling, vacationing with her family, and especially spending time with her grandchildren. Burial will take place in Dartmouth Memorial Gardens, 767 Main St. at 1 p.m. Thursday, followed by a celebration of her life at 2 p.m. Thursday in South End Baptist Church, 60 Hastings Dr., Dartmouth, Rev. P. Nesbitt officiating, reception to follow in the church hall. Ann actively supported and attended the annual Remembrance Day ceremonies at the Parkdale/Maplewood Cenotaph, and in lieu of flowers she requested that donations be made to the Parkdale/Maplewood Cenotaph Fund c/o Emmanuel United Baptist Church, 3142 Barss Corner Rd., Lunenburg Co. NS B0R 1A0, or to Emmanuel United Baptist Church of the same address, or to South End Baptist Church at 60 Hastings Dr., Dartmouth, NS B2Y 2C6. I'd like the memory of myself to be a happy one, I'd like to leave an afterglow of smiles when day is done, I'd like the tears of those who grieve to dry before the sun, Of happy memories that we shared while we were having fun.

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