Marilyn Babineau
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Obituary of Marilyn Babineau

BABINEAU, Marilyn-age 72 of Shubenacadie passed away June 18th at Colchester East Hants Health Centre, Truro.  Born in Saint John, NB she was the daughter of the late Henry and Beryl (Norris) Lushington.


Marilyn grew up in Dartmouth and has great memories of her time as a child spent at the cottage in East Chezzetcook.


Also known as “The Happy Hacker” she started her career as a hair dresser in the 1960’s where she met her best friend Carole who has been like a sister ever since.


Marilyn married Jeff and moved to Shubenacadie in 1969 where they raised their family. Once settled in Shubenacadie, Marilyn owned and operated Marilyn’s Beauty Salon. In 1985 the Babineau family opened J-MARS Gift Shop, which they operated as a family business.


Mom always made herself available for her community. In the early years she was president of the East Hants Figure Skating Club, member of the PTA and first female president of the CO-OP board. In the later years, she spent a lot of time as treasurer of In-Hants Crafts, fundraising for Shubie Hay Days and was proud to be a board member of the Shubenacadie Tin Smith Museum where she loved to spend time giving tours and telling stories about “life in Shubie”. If she wasn’t at a board meeting or at the museum Marilyn could be found working on a variety of craft projects that demonstrated her astounding talent or cheering for Sidney Crosby.


Marilyn will be remembered for her dedication to her community, her quick wit and wonderful sense of humor.


Marilyn is survived by her children, Jacki (Gilbert) Chandler, Pierre (Laura) Babineau, Julie (Andrew) Gilby, and Tahnee (Kendal) Isenor; grandchildren, Nikki, Jeff, Alli, Grace and Gage; brothers, Michael (Carla), Donald (Judy) Lushington, Paul Babineau; special cousins, Karen (John) Gatien, Pat (Don) Bonang; best friend, Carole LeHuray, several nieces and nephews.


She was predeceased by her husband, Jeff; sisters in law, Linda Lushington, Lucille, Jeanette, Laurice and Rachel Babineau.


Cremation has taken place under the care and direction of Ettinger Funeral Home, Shubenacadie. A Celebration of Life will be held 2pm Thursday, June 22 in St. Bridget’s Catholic Church in Shubenacadie, Father Jim Richards officiating. A reception to follow in the church hall. Marilyn requested everyone to wear bright colours to the service. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Shubenacadie Tin Smith Museum.


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