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Catherine 'Betty' Elizabeth Zazinsky (Mackinnon)

ZAZINSKY, Catherine 'Betty' Elizabeth (MacKinnon) It is with great sadness that we announce the peaceful passing of Catherine “Betty” Elizabeth (MacKinnon) Zazinsky, 73, on September 2, 2019 at the Northside General Hospital, North Sydney, following a short and courageous battle with cancer. Born in Black Point, Cape Breton on February 8, 1946 Betty was the eldest child of the late Simon and Cassie (MacLellan) MacKinnon, Bay St. Lawrence. Aside from her parents, Betty was predeceased by her brothers, Paul, Lloyd, and Hector; her brother-in-law, Wilson; her nephew, Joey; and, her partner John Earl Brown. Betty will be sadly missed by her loving daughter, Karen; son-in-law, Jamie; and the apples of her eye, her grandchildren, Brendan and Rebecca Stone; her sisters, Helen (Andre), Mary Jane (Greg), and Jessie (Joe); sisters-in-law, Debbie, Frances and Gail; and her nieces and nephews, Tammy, Trina, Travis, Marisa, Angela, Stacy, Lisa, Joel, Nicole, Daniel and Shawn; as well as two lifelong friends, Pauline and Thelma; and, her ex-husband and friend, Ed. Betty worked in the hospitality industry as a bartender, a career which brought her to many places across Canada. At age 60, she returned to school and obtained a continuing care assistant diploma. Betty was a social butterfly with a heart of gold. She loved to take road trips around her beloved Cape Breton. On these trips she would meet up with friends to play cards (tarbish was her favorite), enjoy a party and music, and maybe even do a little step at the Doryman. Betty liked to keep her mind busy too, she was always doing crossword puzzles, playing scrabble and reading novels. The family would like to give many thanks to the medical team on the 5th floor of the Northside General Hospital, as well as to Dr. Eugene Ignacio who has been so loving and caring throughout the years. As a testament to her kindness, compassion, and belief in science, Betty has donated her body to Dalhousie University’s Medical School, a decision that has made her family very proud. Her loved ones will always remember the twinkle in her eye, her playful smile and her free spirit. In keeping with Betty’s wishes, there will be no visitation or funeral service. In memory of Betty, we ask you to spend time with a good friend, relax and have a puff or raise a glass in her honour.

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