DOUCETTE, Wilena Christine - held in love by her family, both physically and in spirit, Wilena passed peacefully from this world to the next on Saturday, February 27th, 2021, in Milford Haven Home for Special Care, Guysborough.
Wilena was the youngest girl and second last child born to Hughie and Alfreda (Hawley) Hines, of Ingonish Ferry. She grew up and attended school in Ingonish, before taking a job as an operator on the switchboard run by the Doucette family, where she met Joe Doucette. The two were married in St. Peter’s Roman Catholic Church in Ingonish on June 8th, 1963. Joe and Wilena shared a love that endured through distance as Joe worked away at sea for many years, through the joy of victory and the agony of defeat during their nightly cribbage matches, and through 44 years of devotion and mutual respect when Joe passed away in 2008.
Together they brought Arthur, Jane, and Lesa into the world, and provided them with a warm home and loving guidance for living. After first residing in Ingonish, the family moved to Princeville for many years, before finally settling in West Bay - the Marshes. Wilena was a stay at home Mom when her children were younger, choosing to devote herself to their care and well-being, before venturing into the workforce by baking with her niece Brenda and selling the goodies out of her home and at Mattie’s Meat Market, then as a salesperson at "Circle of Sound", later as a personal care worker for "Home Care", and finally as a care giver to seniors who came to live in her home.
In later years Wilena took her role as ‘Grammie’ very seriously and tried to spend as much time as possible with her five grandchildren, - Joey, Mya, Noah, Seth, and Jacob - baking cookies, going swimming, playing cards, and attending their milestone celebrations. In her leisure time, Wilena loved to stop and shop at every yard sale possible, to knit with love for her children and grandchildren, to try her luck at Bingo, to skate at the Civic Center, to mow lawns, and to live out her faith in church and in community; while her all-time favourite way to relax was with a cup of tea and a program - especially "Another World" (she was thrilled to have once met Douglas Watson, who played Mac Cory!) and "Mrs. Brown’s Boys". Wilena’s living was all too early impacted by diabetes which she dealt with diligently, and later by Alzheimer’s which stripped away her confidence and her communication. Wilena left this world knowing that she was much loved and will always be remembered.
Wilena is survived by her daughter, Jane Doucette (Donnie MacAskill) and grandson, Joey Doucette; by her daughter, Lesa Doucette-McHugh (Jason McHugh) and granddaughter, Mya McHugh; by her son Arthur Doucette (Rev. Connie McNamara) and grandsons Noah Doucette (Samantha Lawless), Seth Doucette, and Jacob Doucette; by her chosen son, Christopher Morrison, by her sisters-in-law, Bonnie Hines and Mary Doyle; and by numerous nieces and nephews that she loved dearly! Wilena was predeceased by her parents, by the love of her life, her husband, Joe Doucette; by her siblings, James, Melvin, Tom, Harold, Norma, Billy (who died at age 10), Raymond, Dave, Evelyn, and Billy, and by many in-laws.
A time of visitation for Wilena will be held in Dennis Haverstock Funeral Home, Port Hawkesbury on Tuesday March 2nd from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m., with all COVID regulations for masks and distancing in place. Funeral and burial will take place at St. Margaret’s Roman Catholic Church in West Bay Road at a later date. In Lieu of flowers Memorial donations may be made to the St. Margaret’s Cemetery Fund, or to a charity of your choice.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Dennis Haverstock Funeral Home, Port Hawkesbury. Words of comfort may be forwarded to the family at: www.haverstocks.com