Let the memory of Verna be with us forever
  • 71 years old
  • Born on April 19, 1947 in Halifax, Canada.
  • Passed away on January 27, 2019 in Halifax, Canada.

This memorial website was created in memory of our loved one, Verna Gionet.  We will remember her forever.

Surrounded and comforted by her family and friends who loved her very much, Verna succumbed to a courageous battle with cancer.  Verna was born and raised in Halifax, N.S. Her new journey embraces her to a place where she will be reunited with her parents (John Sylvester & Mary Beatrice Gerrior), sister (Marie Nugent), Niece (Jennifer Lesperence), nephew (Douglas Oakley), niece (Lisa Gerrior), and Brother (Tom Gerrior) in infancy.

Family and friends are welcome to an open house family gathering with live music by the family in memory of Verna.  This was her request for a life celebration so family and friends could offer support and share music together as we always did.
Date: Wednesday January 30th, 2019
Time: 6 to 9 pm
Location: 23 Woodward Crescent, Halifax N.S.

Verna loved nothing more than to be surrounded by her family and friends playing music.  Music has always been a large part of our family and Verna had a beautiful voice. Verna also had a way with words she always knew what to say when others were going through difficult times or needed advice.  She obtained her diploma in psychology via correspondence school. She was very proud of this as she didn't have an opportunity to pursue post secondary studies at a younger age. She was a hard worker and a long term employee as a supervisor with Sears Canada.  

Everyone she met she touched with kindness & love.  Her smile, laugh, love, warmth and compassion will never be forgotten.  She made a difference in the lives of many and had a special place in everyone's heart.  We all were blessed to learn many valuable lessons from Verna.

Verna was a loving and devoted mother, grandmother, sister, aunt , daughter and friend.  She was a mother not only to her 2 children but due to family circumstances was a mother to her 8 siblings and to her own mother.  She took on these roles proudly and selflessly putting others before herself.

Survived by her 2 children; Deanna (Wayne) Parsons of Mount Uniacke, N.S. & Vincent (Kim) Gionet of Tide Head, N.B.  Grand children, Megan & Zachary McPhee, Brooke & Brett Parsons all of Mount Uniacke, N.S. & not to forget her grand pets 4 dogs and 19 cats referred to as the zoo crew; sisters, Evelyn (Mike) Oakley of Halifax N.S., Theresa (Don) Adams of Halifax, N.S., Deloris (Mike) De Reptigny of British Columbia; Brothers, Herman (Avis) Gerrior of Truro, N.S., Bill (Audrey) Gerrior of Halifax, N.S., Thomas Gerrior of Halifax, N.S., Reg(Barb) Gerrior of Edmonton.  Nieces & nephews (Leah Oakley, Karla & Mark Adams, Angie Bachman, Johnny Gerrior, Darren Gerrior, Michael Gerrior, Suzanne Williams, Steve Gerrior, Nicole, Shaun and Monique De Reptigny. She will be fondly remembered by many special cousins & extended family.

Life advice from Verna: Reassess your priorities, Don’t wait to say ‘I love you’, be present in the moment with loved ones, make memories.  Life is fragile, precious & unpredictable, each day is a gift. Work to live don’t live to work.

Many thanks to family, friends and to the staff at Melville Gardens who helped provide extraordinary care for Verna throughout the years. Cremation has taken place and a private memorial to be set at a future date in Larry's River for immediate family.

Always remembered and forever in our hearts.  You were an inspiration and will be deeply missed. You were loved more than you know
“Go rest high on that mountain, Mom your work on earth is done”

Posted by Ralph Merle MOHAMMED on 31st January 2019
To Kim and Vince, Deanna and the rest of the family We read in Tuesday's Chronicle Herald the obituary of your mom's passing. We are deeply sorry for you lost . Having lost both our parents a few years ago , we understand your grief and share in your pain and sorrow. Death is final as there is no turning back the clock. Its never a good time to lose a loved one. We know its been a long time since we have seen or talked but you are a daily reminder of the friendship we shared at Air Canada. Your poem is hanging in the hallway to our bedroom and serves as a daily reminder of our friendship. Gone but will never be forgotten. Please accept our deepest condolences With much love, Take good care
Posted by Margie M on 31st January 2019
What a marvelous event the earthly resurrection will be! It will be a time of irrepressible joy joy when families broken apart by death will be reunited! Jesus promises that those in the memorial tombs will come out (John 5:28,29). In harmony with God’s original purpose, those resurrected will have the opportunity to live on a paradise earth (Luke 23:43).
Posted by Kathy Smith on 30th January 2019
Condolences to all the families connected to Verna. I am a friend of Evelyn's and Theresa's and only knew of Verna through their love and great respect they held for her. I wish I could've made it to your musical celebration 'open house' in her honour today. I know that Verna will be right there singing along, smiling with love and tapping her toes. God Bless you all.
Posted by Diane Aube on 30th January 2019
Dear Delores and Family, Verna was a very dear soul and she will be sadly missed. We send our deepest regrets and may your many sweet memories bring you comfort in the days ahead. Diane Pettipas and husband Ray
Posted by Fred Martell on 29th January 2019
After looking at all the pictures of Verna, brothers/sisters and extended families it brings back memories when I was staying at Uncle John's during my Apprenticeship. Sorry to hear of her passing, she will be missed. I will say a prayer for her.
Posted by Crystal Polhill on 29th January 2019
My friend Verna, I am so thankful and grateful for all the years we shared memories in each other lives. When I hurt I open those memories and read each page after page of all the thngs we managed to overcome and kept walking forward. Tou will never beforgotteb by any who knew your love, courage, faith and determinationto live life to the fullest each day. Life here has gone home, test your wings often and fly free. Our souls will meet again someday. Love, your friend Cris. My prayers and thoughts to the family.
Posted by Paul Girouard on 29th January 2019
Sorry to hear of Verna’s passing, our thoughts and prayers are with you, we always enjoyed running in to her at Sears and family reunions. Paul & Paulette
Posted by Audrey Gerrior on 29th January 2019
From Bev & Ed Underwood Love & sympathy to Bill, Herman, Evelyn and all the members of Verna's family who are together honoring her life. May God be with you all and as we pray that Verna is now in God's presence. Love, Bev & Ed.
Posted by Timothy Harnish on 29th January 2019
I worked with Verna for many years at Sears, and remember fondly her energy and smile and laughter. May you find comfort during this difficult time with happy memories.
Posted by Anne Schroeder on 28th January 2019
Such happy memories of our visits with all your family in Halifax and your visits with our family in Liverpool! Always lovingly remembered, my dear cousin Verna. ❤️ Rest In Peace.
Posted by Debbie (Sheppard) Komula... on 28th January 2019
I remember Verna on our many vacation trips to Canada she was such a sweet lady, our condolences to all the family, Mom (Claire Sheppard) sends her prayers and thoughts to all! Rest in Heavenly Peace Verna ❤
Posted by Claire Pellerin on 28th January 2019
Although we never spent a lot of time together, I always remember you as a loving, compassionate and nurturing person. You will be missed by many. Rest in Peace my Cousin! Love, Claire
Posted by Vince Gionet on 28th January 2019
To my mother, Jan 27, 2019 From the first time you held me you brought me comfort You held my heart in your hands throughout our lives together You let me fail, so I could learn to help me in my journey. But you never failed with me with your guidance and advice. This is what truly moulded me into the person I am. You taught me thing that truly mattered in life. Patience, compassion, understanding and respect, And music and it’s importance in our family bring everyone together. It can’t be summed up in words the impact an influence you had on me I can only say that I will miss you, Knowing that you will still be with me for the rest of my life. And for the last time you held me last night, You still brought me comforted to my heart, soul and mind. Without words you told me that I’ll be ok. As I said to you last night, I will love you forever. I take comfort that you are truly at peace now. Love Vince

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