First Baptist Church Halifax extends sincere sympathy to the family and friends of the late Marie Nightingale who died on March 15, 2014.
NIGHTINGALE, Marie Annetta – Age 85, of Halifax, died at home Saturday, March 15th , 2014, after a battle with cancer. Born in Halifax, she was a daughter of the late Raymond and Violette (Loner) Johnston. She often vowed she would write her own obituary and this was it: ‘Marie says goodbye’. Her family, however, believes she deserves a better recognition. Marie was first and foremost a doer who was never trained for anything she accomplished. Chance played a role in her career when she was offered a job as women’s commentator at radio station CFAB in Windsor. A year later she accepted a job with radio station CJCH which, at the time, was managed by Finlay MacDonald. While there, she worked with several personalities including Danny Gallivan and Gerald Regan. She left broadcasting upon the birth of her first son, Frank. After raising three boys, Marie turned her talents to writing. She published her first of six cookbooks, ‘Out of Old Nova Scotia Kitchens’ in 1970. It quickly became a best seller and is still in print today. Her drive and talent were then used to organize the Joseph Howe Festival. While this event no longer exists, one of its by-products, the Nova Scotia Tattoo, continues to be held each summer. Marie then decided to take her talents to The Chronicle Herald and became their first food editor. Her columns proved very popular the paper’s readers. Upon reaching mandatory retirement age, Marie was approached by a start-up magazine, Saltscapes to be its food editor. She remained in that position until she decided, at age 80, to retire. However Marie could not fully stay away from writing and continued to provide Saltscapes with Canadian Living and Canadian Homes and Gardens. Marie held the highest degree of Member of Beta Sigma Phi having been a member of Alpha Master Chapter for 65 years. As well, she was a 56 year member of First Baptist Church in Halifax. Marie has been the recipient of numerous awards including Slow Cook Canada Food Hero, Cuisine Canada EDNA award, Northern Bounty Hall of Fame and University of Guelph Hall of Fame. Marie was predeceased by her husband of 49 years, Laurie in 2000, and by her siblings, Earl and Joan (Nanaimo). She is survived by her son, Frank (Sarah), Glen Haven; Gary, Halifax; Bob (Pam), Franklin, Tenn.; grandchildren, Craig (Chandy), Gainesville, Fla.; Ashley, Toronto, Ont.; Candice, Corey, Christa (Chris) and great-granddaughter, Ryder, Franklin, Tenn.; brothers, Ray (Evelyn), Whitby; Ken, Pembroke; sisters, Ruth and Betty, Duncan. Also surviving are several nieces, nephews and their children. Service and celebration of her life will be held on Saturday, March 29th at 2 p.m. in First Baptist Church, Oxford Street. The family have requested no flowers but would be pleased if contributions were made in her memory to First Baptist Church, The Kidney Foundation of Canada or the Canadian Cancer Society.