Isabell Barbara Burke (nee Siddall)
1938 - 2021
Isabell Barbara Burke (nee Siddall)
Service Information
Service Location
No Visitation or Public Funeral Services
Burial Information
Burial Location
St. Charles-Nativity Cemetery, Amherst
Requested Charity
Lung Association of Nova Scotia
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Although she had been ill for some time, Isabell died suddenly at home in Timberlea on Thursday.  Born in Sackville NB, she was the daughter of the late Isabell (Kinnear) and Ralph Siddall.  

Her mother passed within a day of bringing Isabell into the world, so she was raised by her father and widowed grandmother, Minnie Siddall.  Besides her parents, she was predeceased by her husband Claude and an infant son, Claude Jr.  

She is survived by her children Gerald "Jay" (Susan) of Springhill, NS; Michael (Michele) of Lewis Lake, NS; Colleen of Bedford, NS and Janice (Stephen Gardner) of Perth, Australia.  She loved dearly her four grandchildren Matthew, Travis, Amanda and Hayley and took pure delight in her two great-grandchildren Rayla and Samantha.  As an only child, she was particularly close to her Siddall cousins who were like siblings to her.  

Isabell was planning a career as a secretary when she married Claude at a young age and established a life in Amherst, NS.  Subsequently, she lived several years in Ontario.  She spent the last half of her life in the Halifax area and enjoyed working at the IWK Hospital until retirement.  After she retired, she loved to travel including many trips to visit her daughter Colleen in London, UK and her daughter Janice in Perth, Australia.  She particularly twice enjoyed visiting the Omagh area of Northern Ireland to see from where her mother emigrated.  

She also delighted in her "lunches with the girls", where she and her retired IWK coworkers frequented the restaurants of HRM.  Isabell was a lively person deriving much of her energy from social interactions.  She had many friends and will be missed by all.

Isabell made her wishes known several years ago to be buried next to her late infant son in the St. Charles-Nativity Cemetery, Amherst.  Arrangements are under the care and guidance of the Jones Family Funeral Centre, 70 Church Street, Amherst (902-667-8777).  Due to Covid restrictions, there will be no public funeral service.  In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory to the Lung Association of Nova Scotia would be appreciated.  

Sharing of memories and condolences may be sent to the family by visiting Isabell's online memorial at or through the Jones Family Funeral Centre Facebook Page.

Isabell Barbara Burke (nee Siddall)