Isabelle Poole Gallant, age 100, of New Glasgow, passed away peacefully on January 11, 2021, at Glen Haven Manor with her family at her side. Isabelle was born in New Glasgow on May 2, 1920, a daughter of Bessie MacNeil (1938) and J.H.C. Beck (1956).
After graduation from New Glasgow High School, she went to Ottawa and graduated from Ottawa Civic Hospital, RN, Class of 1944. After a short work period in Ottawa, she went on to post graduate studies in operating room techniques at Johns Hopkins Hospital and Obstetrics at Sinai Hospital in Baltimore. She retired from nursing in 1996, having worked at the Aberdeen, New Glasgow; St. Elizabeth’s, North Sydney; and Harbourview, Sydney Mines.
She was a hard-working mother of six and made all family gatherings memorable ones. She was an active volunteer for many years with her church (C.W.L., Parish Council) and community (VON, Stellarite Senior Citizens, Family Services of Pictou County, Pictou County Chapter Registered Nurses Assoc.).
Isabelle is survived by her children: Marie MacNeil (Gregory), Beaver Cove, Cape Breton and their children, Krista, Shauna and Blair; Keith (Helen) Gallant, Sherbrooke and their children, Sarah, Lawrence, Duncan and Anna; Frank (Colleen) Gallant, Pictou and their children, Lisa, Jason and Emily; Claire Gallant, Edmonton, and her son Colin; Jane Hall (Joe), Halifax, and their children, Lori, Meghan and David; and also several great grandchildren.
Isabelle was predeceased by her husband, Joseph Colin (1995) and son, Colin (1977), sisters: Lillian MacIntosh (James), Dwina MacLean (Walter), Thelma Sangster (Charles), Alma Bruce (Bill), Lucie Potts (Clarence "Clary"), Marguerite Fillmore (Frank); brothers: Boswell Beck (Rose), Vernon Beck (Isabel), John "Jack" Beck (Laurie), James Beck (Denise). Isabelle was the last surviving member of the siblings.
Due to current pandemic restrictions, there will be no visitation. Funeral Mass, by invitation only, will be held Friday, January 15 at 11 am in Our Lady of Lourdes Church, Stellarton, with Rev. Barrett Clare-Johnson presiding. Social distancing protocols must be followed, and masks are mandatory. The service can be watched live on the Our Lady of Lourdes Church Facebook Page at: www.facebook.com/LadyOfLourdesChurch
Donations in Isabelle’s memory may be made to Our Lady of Lourdes Church, Stellarton, Glen Haven Manor, New Glasgow, or a charity of your choice. The family would like to thank Dr. Barclay and the staff of Glen Haven Manor – River Glen for the wonderful care that she received. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of R H Porter Funeral Homes Ltd., New Glasgow.