Dear Friends and Colleagues,

I write to share with you news of the passing on Friday, November 1, 2019 of Ms. Carol Sifton, mother to Rev. Miriam Bowlby, mother-in-law to Rev. Scott Parsons. The memorial service will take place at 10:00 am on Monday, November 4, 2019 at Hope United Church, Halifax, Nova Scotia. Please see obituary below.

Please keep Rev. Miriam Bowlby and Rev. Scott Parsons and their family in your thoughts and prayers at this time.


Rev. Heather Sandford
Regional Minister
First Dawn Eastern Edge Regional Council
The United Church of Canada

Mary Carol Sifton
July 7, 1948 – November 1, 2019

Carol died peacefully surrounded by her family. She leaves to mourn her husband (Sandy Munroe), her children Joseph Bowlby-Lalonde, Miriam Bowlby (Scott Parsons) and Nathanial Bowlby (Heather). Carol took great joy in her four grandchildren Will, Carrie, Damion and Liam. Remembering Carol fondly are brothers Dennis (Carol), Jack (Joyce), her nieces Wendy, Sandra, Nicole, Erin and Leigh, her lifelong friend Sunshine, Gayle Manley (Art) and a close circle of friends. Carol grew up on a farm near Strathroy, Ontario. She learned from her parents, Russell and Muriel Sifton, about gardening. Carol’s love of gardening turned into an NFB documentary called “My Urban Garden” and time studying horticultural therapy. Carol enjoyed doing crafts such as embroidery, crocheting. She was an excellent cook. Her homemade bread, cinnamon buns and tandoori chicken will be missed at all family gatherings. Her faith was shaped by the church she attended as a child, Cairngorm United Church, by her leadership at “The Early Service” at St. John’s United Church and at Edgewood United (now Hope United Church). In 1986, she graduated from the School of Occupational Therapy at Dalhousie University. Carol worked at the NS Psychiatric Hospital, the Victoria General and in private practice. She wrote three books: Therapeutic Activities with Persons Disabled by Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Disorders, Living at Home with Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementia and Navigating the Alzheimer’s Journey. She was the editor of the peer reviewed journal Alzheimer’s Care Quarterly. A Memorial Service will take place at Hope United Church on Monday, November 4th at 10 am with a reception to follow the service. In life Carol spent her time helping others, in that spirit donations can be made to the 3 Wishes Project through the QEII Health Sciences Centre Foundation.