Mary Elizabeth (Jill) Edgett
Jill Edgett, surrounded by her children at the family home, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, December 13, 2022 at the age of 89.
She was predeceased by her loving husband of 64 years, Tom (2020). Blessed with good health, they lead a rich and rewarding life filled with travel, family, friends and community.
Jill was the only daughter of James Robertson Mackenzie and Florence Laidlaw Vair. She was also predeceased by her brother, James (Jim) Mackenzie and sister in law, Alda Mackenzie as well as sister in law Jean Boby and her husband Robert.
Jill was a devoted and loving mother to her five children, Susan (Stephen), Jane (Brock), John (Charrisse), Anne (Mark) and Mary (Don); her grandchildren Alex, Sam, Tara, Kyle, Tom, Grace, John, Angus, Bill, James, Cate, Sarah, Claire, Erin and Leah; and her great grandchildren Dee, Alexandria, Mackenzie and Robert. She is also survived by many loving cousins, nieces and nephews.
Born in Medicine Hat, Alberta, Jill moved with her family to Hamilton ON in 1946. She attended Westdale High School and graduated from McGill University (1955) with a degree in physical and occupational therapy. After working at Henderson hospital in Hamilton, she travelled with her best friend from McGill to Saint John NB to complete their internships at the veteran’s hospital. While there, she travelled by ferry from Saint John to Digby to attend her aunt’s birthday party at her summer home in Weymouth. It was there that she met the new town doctor, fresh out of Dalhousie medical school. They were married in 1956 and the rest became history.
Through the years, Jill was involved with Girl Guides, Trefoil Guild, Albert County Museum Quilt Fair, Stage Door ’56, and Laubauch Literacy NB, tutoring one adult student for many years. She was a long-standing member of St. Paul’s United Church, serving on many committees, and in her later years added the sound system roster to her repertoire, quietly showing us that we can learn new things no matter our age. She loved to cook, bake, garden and entertain and had a true love of nature. She treasured time with long-time girlfriends, playing bridge, tennis or weekends at the fishing camp, always lots of laughs.
Jill accepted everyone as they were, and sought only to express the good in people. Always one to keep in touch, phone calls, birthday and anniversary cards to friends and family across the country will be missed by many.
The family would especially like to thank Angie, whose loyalty, support and companionship provided Jill with many special moments this past year. The family would also like to thank Dr. Thera Igoe and support staff (Catherina) for their compassion and understanding, and the extramural nurses for their exceptional care.
Visitation will take place at Cobb’s Funeral Home, 330 Whitepine Rd, Riverview, NB on Wednesday December 28th from 3pm to 6pm. A service celebrating Jill’s life will take place at St. Paul’s United Church, 404 Cleveland Ave., Riverview, NB, on Thursday, December 29th, 2022 at 2pm with Rev. Steve Berube officiating. A reception will follow in the church hall. Masks are mandatory at the church. Internment will take place at Gray’s Island Cemetery, Hillsborough, NB at a later date.
For those who wish, memorials to St. Paul's United Church or the Albert County Historical Society would be appreciated.