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Mary Rita Chaston


Mary Rita Chaston

Chaston, Mary RitaIt is with heavy hearts that we announce Mary "Rita" Chaston, 86, of Dartmouth, formerly of Little Liscomb, passed away peacefully in her sleep on July 1st, 2019 in Little Liscomb, with her family surrounding her.  She was born in Napan, NB.  She was the oldest of 14 children and was predeceased by her late husband of 54 years, James (Jake) Philip Chaston, her parents, Gordon and Helen Blakely; sisters, Anne Isaiah, Rachel Blakely; brothers, Reginald, Clarence and Herbert; and babies, grandson, John McNamara and great grandson, Wyatt St. Germaine. Rita’s first love was her husband Jake, followed by her unconditional love for her four children, their spouses, 11 grandchildren and 16 great grandchildren.  Her greatest joy was when any of them spent time with her.  She loved to cook for them as well as other family and friends who visited often.  Her greatest place of joy was the house that she and Jake designed and built themselves in 1986 in Little Liscomb.  Their door was always open to all – family, friends, strangers.  It didn’t matter how many showed up for a meal, there was always room at the table and lots of food and fellowship to share. Rita also loved sewing, quilting, boating, fishing, camping, riding ATVs and at age 73 got her scooter license. She was an amazing role model as a mother, wife, sister, nanny, and friend.  Everyone will remember her best as "Nanny Toby". Her love, her faith, her fellowship will be greatly missed. She is survived by her children, son, Jim (Debbie) Chaston, Dartmouth; daughters, Nancy Chaston (Dave Smith), Little Liscomb, Norma (Angus) McNamara, Truro, Noreen (Mike) Sigrist, Dartmouth; grandchildren, Angela (Fred), Lisa (Rene), David, Linda-Lee (Tim), Philip, Jared, Brett, Amanda (Chris), Andrea (Tom), Adam, and Rebecca (Alex); great grandchildren, Lilianna, Greyson, Griffin, Ivan, Mireille, Benny, Pippa, Olivia, Hailey, Rosalynn, Cadence, Brayden, Avery, Chance, Rowan and Sloan.  She is also survived by six sisters, four brothers and many, many nieces, nephews and their families. The family wish to thank all those who have extended support. A memorial service will take place in St. Paul’s Roman Catholic Church, Sherbrooke on Saturday, July 27th at 1 pm with Rev. Lazarus Guria officiating. Interment to follow in St. Paul’s Cemetery, Stillwater. A Celebration of Life will be held in St. Mary’s District Lions Club after the interment. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to St. Paul’s Roman Catholic Church, Sherbrooke or St. Mary’s Memorial Hospital, Sherbrooke. Funeral arrangements are under the dignified and compassionate care of G.W. Giffin Funeral Home, 34 Main Street, Sherbrooke. On-line condolences may be made at

Service Date
Saturday, July 27, 2019
Service Time
1 p.m.
Service Location
St Paul's Roman Catholic Church, Sherbooke

Burial Location
St. Paul's Cemetery, Stillwater