Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Jay's grandmother, Arminta Newman

Jay's grandmother passed away 2 weeks ago.  She had been widowed for 10 years and spent the last couple years in a nursing home.  The family has been focusing on her sweet reunion with her loving husband to get through the grief of losing someone so incredibly special.

Dec. 2000
Growing up Jay lived about 3 hours away from his grandparents but visited regularly, especially in the summer.  Jay's family is from Campobello Island, NB - a little island nestled between Maine and New Brunswick.  He has many fond memories of the Island and his grandparents.  When I asked him to share some things about Grammy for this post, he said it was hard to think of Grammy without including Grampy.

Campobello colored in black above
From much of what Jay said, I know she was an very active woman.  She was known for her hospitality and Jay reminisced about her fish chowder, pigs (aka fried dough), and biscuits.  He mostly remembers her yard and playing in a crab apple tree and wagon rides with his young aunt.  But he does recall many visits going out for seafood and ice-cream with his grandparents.

She was a generous woman and showered her family with gifts.  Jay said there were piles at Christmas.  I experienced this myself in the first few years Jay and I were together.  Grammy would drag out a garbage bag full of gifts.  One time we visited without warning and she ran down to her basement to her stash and found some things for us.  She didn't want us to go away empty handed!

Hiking in the 80s.  Jay, the brunette behind her.
Grammy loved kids and was especially fond of the her great-grandchildren.  When Vienna was born she was almost 80 years old but that didn't stop her from traveling 9+ hours to our home in Connecticut to visit.  (She came with her son, Jay's dad.)  She had lots of pictures of them in her room and I know she appreciated the many updates we sent.

She lived an hour from the rest of our family.  But when we went home we always saw her.  When she was mobile she'd come to Jay's dad's house.  Or we'd go to her depending on the day and how the kids were.  Sadly, the past couple years were just quick stops at the nursing home.  

The last visit was in June 2012.  Here is the last picture we have all together.  It was so hard to get her to smile for me because she was so busy watching the kids run around.  Notice Vienna holding on to Lance so I could get a photo of them all!  So this is the best we have!  

The kids will forever remember their Grammy through Jay's warm memories, her precious porcelain dolls, her beautiful quilts and many family photos.  And we are comforted to know that she is reunited with her loving Edward.

Arminta "Mint" Carrie Newman

May 24,1925 - Jan.7,2013

Arminta "Mint" Carrie Newman
Peacefully, with her family by her side at the Charlotte County Hospital. Predeceased by her husband of 59 years, Edward, her parents Thaddeus and Jessie "Belle" (Anderson) Cook, brothers Lloyd, Dyas and Eric and sisters, Mildred and Martha, several nieces and nephews.

Survived by her loving children Gregory (Noella) of Saint John, NB, Hubert (Opal) of Ottawa, ON, Suzanne Eldridge and Anita (Mike) Cline of St. Andrews, NB; grandchildren Philip (Kinny) Newman of East Haddam, CT, Jeremy (Mary) Newman and great grandchildren Vienna, Lance and Colin of Griswold, CT; Elizabeth Eldridge of St. George, Krysten Eldridge and Rebecca Eldridge of St. Andrews, Gordon Eldridge of Calgary, AB; Erica Newman and Natasha Newman of Ottawa, ON, Kristian Gagnon of Williams Lake, BC; nieces and nephews Ruby Greenlaw of St. Stephen, NB; Donna McLaughlin and Malcolm MacPherson of Tracy, NB; Gary (Mary) Cook, John (Melody) Flynn, and Noel Cook of Campobello; Clinton Cook of Utopia, NB; Robert John (Rita) Cooke of Ottawa, ON; Myron Cook of London, ON; Brenda Maxwell of Lubec, Maine; and brother-in-law Bill Newman of Campobello.

Mint was fortunate to work beside Edward in the Wilson's Beach Post Office serving up mail as well as smiles and friendly conversation for 42 years. Their love of children made them both an integral part of families on the Island as babies were so often passed across the counter and held and loved. Old summer fish fairs were a busy, happy time with people lined up at the barber shop for corn on the cob and her famous doughnuts. She was a member of the St. Andrews United Baptist Church and will be remembered for her beautiful quilts and her exceptional cooking. She loved to shop and garden, cook and spend time with her family. Edward's family thought of her and she thought of them as her own and appreciated their frequent visits. She will be greatly missed by her family and many friends, as well as the staff at Passamaquoddy Lodge where she received loving care over the past three years.
Resting at Humphreys Funeral Home, 20 Marks Street, St Stephen, NB E3L 2B2 (506 - 466 - 3110) from where the family will receive friends during a time of visitation on Thursday afternoon only from 2 - 4 pm. The body will then be transferred to Wilsons Beach United Baptist Church Campobello, NB from where visitation will be held on Thursday evening from 7 - 9 pm.
The funeral service will be held on Friday January 11th, 2013 at 1:00 pm from the church. The interment will follow in Wilsons Beach Cemetery Head Harbour Road followed by a reception in the church hall.
In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory to the Heart and Stroke Foundation or the charity of one's choice would be appreciated by the family.
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