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Brenda Clements

Brenda Clements

Born: July 3rd, 1939

Passed on: February 12th, 2018

Loving mother and grandmother. Caring, warm, generous and thoughtful. She will be dearly missed by all who knew her. Brenda came into the world in Wolville, on July 3, 1939 as a big surprise, born number two of a set of twin girls. She grew up in a loving family and often spoke of treasured memories in the family home on Greenwood Ave. and the extended family in Kingsport. She enjoyed sailing in the Arm with her twin Rosalie and in 1955 they stole the show when they won a race in their pink Snipe "Gypsy". She graduated from Q.E. Highschool, continuing her education at the Children's Hospital School of Nursing. She graduated in 1961 and was awarded the Alumni Gold Medal as the hospital's most outstanding graduate. Brenda married Murray Clements and lovingly raised two children while working fulltime for 31 years as an RN. Throughout her career at the Grace Maternity Hospital she was very involved in the planning and implementation of family centered maternity care. She was chairman of the Task Force on Preventing Child Abuse in 1978 and was a supervisor of the Grace Neonatal Special Care Unit, eventually becoming a Parent Educator and lactation nurse specialist. She saw promotion of breastfeeding as one of her major roles and was well known for her knowledge and experience. Nominated by her peers at GMH she was chosen for an award for outstanding contributions to patient care in her role as Parent Educator. During her 31 years married to Murray they enjoyed a love of nature, raising their children with a love of outdoor activities as well as a home full of animals. They made many great memories at their cottage in Rosebay and had many great lifelong friends. After Murray's passing she met Phil MacDonald. For 22 years Brenda and Phil enjoyed a special relationship, with memorable trips to Australia, New Zealand and Alaska. Brenda cared for her mother Elizabeth and Aunt Evron, enabling them to stay in their homes into their 90's. She was always planning family and friend get togethers or spending special time with her beloved sisters, as well as planning nursing reunions for the nursing class of 1961. She was a wonderful mother and devoted grandmother with whom she was caring, generous and supportive. Whether she was cheering at the hockey rink, soccer field or watching 4H competitions, she always showed how proud she was of their accomplishments. Her greatest treasure was family and taking the time to be present in everyone's lives was her passion. She will be dearly missed by her son Greg (Deanie)Clements, daughter Toni(Ken)Saxton, grandchildren, Luke (Katie), Ashley, Murray and Lisa. Sisters, Shirlean Lewis, Rosalie (Ken)Moreash, brothers, Reg (Deanie)Johnson, Eric (Mil)Johnson, sister in law Marilyn Murphy, cherished and beloved friend Phil MacDonald, as well as many special nieces, nephews and cousins. She was predeceased by her parents Robert and Elizabeth Johnson and husband Murray Clements. Special thank you for the support of the Palliative Care Team. A Celebration of life will be held on Friday February 16th at 2pm at St. Paul’s United Church, 173 Old Sambro Rd. Halifax, reception to follow. Interment will be held in the spring. In lieu of flowers please donate to a charity of choice