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Estelle Trenholm


Estelle Trenholm
The death occurred peacefully at South Shore Regional Hospital, Bridgewater, NS on Saturday, July 14, 2018, of Estelle Trenholm (nee Delisle) of Mahone Bay, NS, aged 90 years, beloved wife of the late Bruce Trenholm.

Estelle was an active rural community volunteer and advocate for agriculture, both in Quebec and in Nova Scotia. She was a Women’s Institute member in East Angus, Quebec and in Caribou and Mahone Bay, NS, active at the Provincial WI Level and served as Agricultural Convenor for the Federated Women’s Institute of Canada in the 1960’s and 70’s. Through that position she also served on the Canadian 4-H Council and the Canadian Council on Rural Development (CCRD). At the local level she provided leadership to many community activities, from 4-H and local fairs through political campaigns. She was also active in the Quebec Farmers’ Association in the 1960’s and 70’s. She and Bruce participated in the activities of the Nova Scotia Holstein Branch. In the year that Bruce died, they co-chaired the Planning Committee for the 1986 Holstein Canada Convention, hosted by the Atlantic Branches. Estelle was active in the United Church throughout her adult life, teaching Sunday School, singing in choirs, leading UCW activities, and in the last 25 years serving on South Shore Presbytery. She also enjoyed her time working on the Women’s Auxiliary at Fishermen’s Memorial Hospital in Lunenburg. A Royal enthusiast all her life, she was thrilled to have been recognized for her community work through the receipt of a Queen’s Silver Jubilee Medal in 1977.

Estelle is survived by daughter, Colleen (Harry) Younie, Morell, PEI and son Kenneth Coates (Jacqueline Gosselin), Westbury, Quebec, as well as ten grandchildren Shane Coates, Waterville, Quebec; Grace (Jeff) McCourt, New Glasgow, PEI; Kenneth Younie (Ben Kim), Toronto, Ontario; Katherine Coates (Pierre Boulet), Montmagny, Quebec; Donald (Emily) Younie, Ebenezer, PEI; Martha Younie (Matthew Mann), Ottawa, Ontario; Andy Coates, Westbury, Quebec; Leanna Coates (Aaron Mascaro), Montreal, Quebec; Elizabeth Younie (Neil Fraser), Charlottetown, PEI; and Ellen Younie (Evan Jackson), Halifax, NS and nine great-grandchildren Finn and Molly McCourt; Charles, Madison and Katrina Boulet; Bella, Ryland and Layla Younie; and Brianna Coates; several nieces and nephews and sister-in-law “Theresa” Lorraine Delisle in Chicago.

In addition to her husband, Estelle was predeceased by her parents, Joseph and Lillian Delisle, Bulwer, Quebec, son Daniel (in infancy), grandson Daniel (in infancy), her former husband, Wells Coates, brothers and sisters: William (Dorothy) Delisle, Eileen (Winfield) Ruiter-Hunter, George (Mavis) Delisle, Rita (Paul) DesRosiers, Pauline (Roy) Howard and Frank Delisle. She was the last surviving member of the Delisle family.

Colleen and Ken are very thankful for Estelle’s wonderful neighbours over the years at Hyson Point, who enabled her to live in her own home until the end. Thank you to all staff at SSRH for their excellent care given and respect shown to Estelle during her 18-day stay, especially Dr. McNally, Dr. Gowan, and Nurse Megan Hirtle.

A Celebration of Life Service at Trinity United Church, 101 Edgewater St., Mahone Bay will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, July 28, 2018, followed by a reception, to which all are invited. Interment will take place at a later date in St-Antoine Cemetery, Lennoxville, Quebec, where she will rest close to her parents, several brothers and sisters, their spouses and their children. Flowers gratefully declined.

If desired, donations in Estelle’s memory may be made to Trinity United Church, Mahone Bay or the Canadian Cancer Society.

Trinity United Church
P.O. Box 481
101 Edgewater Street
Mahone Bay, NS
B0J 2E0
Tel: 902-624-9287

Canadian Cancer Society
Nova Scotia Division Office
5826 South Street
Halifax, Nova Scotia B3H 1S6
Tel: (902) 423-6183 or toll-free within Nova Scotia: 1-800-639-0222
Fax: (902) 429-6563
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Service Date
Saturday, July 28, 2018