Jean MacAulay

Pictou Advocate Obituaries

On 2 Jan ’17 at home in Sackville, NB where she had been enjoying life to the fullest, K. Jean MacAulay celebrated her 100th birthday. She died 4 March in her sleep. Daughter of James Wm and Minnie (MacGregor) MacBain of Meadowville, NS, Jean grew up on a farm with her brother Allister MacBain (Jackie), Vancouver, who pre-deceased her. She graduated as a registered nurse (’41) from the VG Hospital, Halifax, after which she worked for the VON. She enlisted (Oct ‘42) with the Royal Cdn Army Medical Corps. In Sept ‘43 she sailed (QEII) to serve in Britain (Bramshott Military Hospital, Hazelemere) then at Bayeaux, Normandy, Ghent, Sande; first with CGH #2, then CGH #7 – often under canvas. In a post-armistice Cdn Hospital in Germany Lt. N/S MacBain met Capt. David M. MacAulay, a Cdn Intelligence Officer from Port Morien, Cape Breton. They travelled to Winschoten, NL on leave and, after Jean was made a Dutch citizen “on the spot” so they could legally wed, were married by the Burgemeester, 8 Jan ’46,; they remarried 10 Jan (Cdn Padre Maj. J.R Miller) in Sande, DE. She returned on hospital ship Lady Rodney to Halifax in July ’46. While sharing WWII recollections for the Cdn War Museum she noted, “We always had to be optimistic and cheerful for our patients.” That became Jean’s lifelong modus operandi.  After CAF postings to Halifax, Ottawa and Vancouver the MacAulays returned (’61) to the Maritimes when David was appointed Dean of Men at Mount Allison University and Jean became “Housemother” to “Truman House boys”; she is remembered for kindness, patience, positivity, her unending capacity to encourage, and for tea with freshly baked goodies. Loved for her generosity and sense of humor, she is noted for volunteer work; she held leadership positions with the IODE, Hospital Auxiliary, Mt A University Women’s Club, Community Christmas Cheer and UCW of Sackville United Church. She read books galore until she lost her sight and then was grateful for books read to her. She enjoyed music (especially Celtic tunes), gardening and baking, and was always ready with culinary contributions for church functions, for fundraisers or just for folk needing cheer. Her favorite travel destination was Vancouver where she enjoyed the activities of her grandsons. The family appreciates the quality homecare which helped Jean to stay reasonably independent, mobile and engaged. She remained actively connected to Mt A until her death. “Mt A girls” spent fireside evenings with her in recent years; nightly company of students enriched her life and enabled her to be at home. The family is also grateful to others who visited to share “a cuppa”. Sons Dan (Sackville) and Jim (Deborah Armour / Vancouver) with grandsons, Wade and Callum, and niece, C. Jean Cameron, invite family and friends to join in celebrating Jean’s life at the Mt A Chapel (Rev. John Perkin) at 2 pm 27 Aug. Interment to be in Black Brook Cemetery, CB. Memorial gifts may be sent to the Mt A Music in Care Student Outreach Project, the Mt A MacAulay Bursary, the Sackville Hospital Foundation for community care projects, or a charity of one’s choice.