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Pearl Joyce O'Brien


Pearl Joyce O'Brien

It is with great sadness we announce the passing of our mother, Pearl Joyce (Gouchie) O’Brien, age 88 of Amherst, NS. Pearl slipped away peacefully at Gables Lodge, Amherst, on March 1, 2019, surrounded by her loving family.

Born in Amherst, NS on February 20, 1931, she was the oldest daughter of the late Osborne and Bessie (Weeks) Gouchie.

She enjoyed her summers at the Amherst Shore cottage, playing cards, seniors bus trips, yard sales, and keeping active by walking, bowling and line dancing at the Y. She was a member of the 50 Plus Club of Amherst and also Holy Family Parish and the CWL.

She will be sadly missed by her only daughter Bernadette, Amherst, NS; sons Patrick (Sheila), Bedford, NS, Michael (Edith), Amherst, NS, and Steven (Paula), Saint John, NB; grandchildren Shawn (Jen Boudreau), Colleen (Kyle Weagle), Gregory (Julianna Chiu), Timothy, Mitchell and Katherine; sisters Mary (Rod) Embree, Amherst, NS, Ruth (Jimmy) LeBlanc, River Hebert, NS, and Rose Kay (Wendell McLean), Sackville, NB; brothers Lawrence (Peggy), James (Joyce Fraser), and Mark, all of Amherst, NS; many nieces and nephews, extended family and close friends.

Besides her parents, Pearl was predeceased by her husband Aurel, son Robert, brother Harry, sisters in law Ruth  and Gail Gouchie.

Funeral arrangements are under the care and direction of the Jones Family Funeral Centre, 70 Church St, Amherst, NS where visitation will take place on  from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 pm with parish prayers taking place at 3 pm on Thursday, March 7, 2019.  Funeral Mass will be celebrated at Holy Family Parish, Amherst, on Friday, March 8, 2019, at 11 am, Father Craig Christenson officiating.  Burial will take place beside her husband in the Maccan Cemetery in the spring.

Those wishing to make a donation in memory of our mom may do so to the IWK Children’s Hospital, the Cumberland VON, or the charity of your choice.

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

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Service Date
Friday, March 8, 2019
Service Time
Service Location
Holy Family Parish, Amherst, NS

Thursday, March 7, 2019
Visitation Time
2-4 & 6-8
Visitation Location
Jones Family Funeral Centre

Burial Date
Spring 2019
Burial Location
Maccan Cemetery

Requested Charity
IWK Children’s Hospital, the Cumberland VON, or the charity of your choice.