HYSON, Myrna Maude

2020-12-09


Myrna Maude Hyson (nee Russell) of Indian Point, NS was the first born to her late parents Maurice and Rhona Russell of New Ross, NS. She was predeceased by siblings Dorothy (Dot) Reeves and Theodore (Ted) Russell and is survived by one sister, Sylvia (Sib) Turner. Our mom accomplished a great deal in her life. In the words to follow, we honour and try to capture the essence of this beautiful person. Born December 7, 1928, departed December 9, 2020, having reached her 92 birthday. She leaves behind Ronald Hyson, her husband of 70 years. To many, she was known as the devoted mother of nine children: Darryl (Cindy), Lindy (Carol), Patsy (Joe), Roxanne (Frank), Ian (Wendy), Arne (Dianne), Daphne (Jerry), Nadine (Mike) and Craig (Donna), all of whom loved her dearly. Mom would say she was the happiest with a baby in her arms so her children were pleased to extend her joy with 12 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren. Second to the love of her children, our dear mother found great pleasure tending to her flower gardens. In her words, "One could never be closer to God than working in a garden". As a woman of faith, she maintained that we are never given more than we can handle. Being her gracious self, she upheld that belief throughout the difficult challenges of multiple surgeries in her later years. One would think the mother of nine had little time for community involvement, but your continued reading will have you see she was no ordinary person. Perhaps her former profession as a one room school teacher contributed to her exceptional multi tasking & time management skills. Not only did she tend to other children in her home but she also found the energy to occasionally assist with Sunday school teaching. Beyond child minding, her repertoire included administrative tasks. Volunteer hours were spent as president of the local church club, Secretary/Treasurer of the Ladies Auxiliary for the Volunteer Fire Department, and co-organizer of numerous fundraising events. Additionally, her writing ability allowed periodic news items to be published in the Bridgewater Bulletin. On another front, Mom served in municipal, provincial and federal elections compiling voters’ lists, serving as returning officer and poll clerk. She also worked on the Census when called upon. In her modest way, she did not care to have attention drawn to her, but as her family, we are proud to shed light upon her diverse accomplishments. For 22 years she was a self taught professional cake decorator. An untold number of elaborate sculptures in the form of all occasion and wedding cakes were created in Mom's kitchen. What's more, each year she took delight in making and decorating unique Easter and Halloween treats for her children, relatives and neighbours. Envision nine little lunch boxes lined up containing all the homemade bread, baked goodies, preserves and pickles she tirelessly made. Her accomplishments go on to include knitting and sewing. A few benefited from her hard working hands making their wedding dresses to boot. That lady could stretch a dollar. She was frugal beyond words. A splash of humour is added here to say she left instructions not to make her obituary too lengthy as it would cost more to print. We would be remiss not to include the magic of Christmas she managed to engineer when we were younger. Not a sign of this festive day would appear until we arose early Christmas morning to a fully decorated tree with presents & bulging stockings for each and every one of us. Can you imagine the delight in a child's eye? Countless stories could be told but suffice it to say, our mom was a special someone. Respectfully, we now turn you from the limelight dear mama. We will forever hold you close to our hearts and in our memories pay tribute to the generous, patient, kind, creative and loving soul you were. As a lasting legacy, may we carry forward but a sprinkling of your many glowing attributes, remembering your quote "We always have something in life to be thankful for". Online condolences can be left at www.sweenyfuneralhome.ca. Donations in Myrna’s name can be made to Indian Point Union Church or Park Cemetery, Indian Point, through the Dana L. Sweeny Funeral Home, Lunenburg. Due to Covid restrictions, a private family celebration of life will be held at a later date.

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