Juanita Claire MacDonald

October 5, 1926 to January 8, 2023


Passed peacefully away, Juanita Claire MacDonald (Nita), October 5, 1926 – January 8, 2023. Nita resided at Tiffany Village, St. John’s, since 2013 and prior to that in Nova Scotia, notably Dartmouth where she lived for most of her life. Predeceased by parents Zelma and C. H. MacDonald, sister Shirley Roome and brother-in-law Robert Roome and many dear friends.  Leaving with fond memories, nephews Graham Roome (Susan Emberley) and Peter Roome (Judy), nieces Rebecca Roome (Douglas Smith) and Sue Roome (Peter Fontaine), great-nephews Matthew Roome, Brian Roome (Marissa), Jeremy Smith (Cyra Belbin) and David (Jess Campbell), Robin, Colin and Stuart Fontaine; great-nieces Pascale Roome, Megan Roome and Becky Fontaine (Marcus Beaubier); great-great-nephews Lucas and Quinn Fontaine and great-great-niece Sarah Roome; extended family including Bonnie Shires of Nova Scotia; and other friends and acquaintances. Nita was one of a handful of women of her generation who pursued post-secondary and graduate education, was a lifelong learner and educator, and was a generous and engaged supporter of many charities throughout her life.

The family wishes to thank her medical team and staff at Tiffany Village for their care. A family gathering will be held at a later date to celebrate Nita’s life. Donations in her memory may be made to charity.

Greatly loved, greatly missed.



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My sincere condolence to Nita’s family. Myself and my family are forever greatfull that our Mom Gertie and Nita met and shared such a wonderful friendship at Tiffany Village. They would have long discussions about anything and everything while they shared daily meals together etc. Nita didn’t have children, Mom had eight daughters and before long Nita knew all of our names and knew more about each of our lives than we likely know about each other. lol I have spent many hours at Tiffany and each visit included my little dog Bailey that Nita adored and I am so happy to have brought her that joy. She is surly missed. I suggest that the chosen picture of Nita (above) as a beautiful, smiling, enthusiastic, young woman portrays perfectly who she was.. My she now RIP

Nita was a respected, loved dedicated and highly qualified guidance counselor at Prince Andrew High School in Dartmouth. I had the good fortune as her Principal, to witness her innate ability to counsel students experiencing personal problems or providing advice on career paths or high school course selection.

Her compassion , sincerity and genuine interest In people was exemplary Her advice was coveted and her views respected and trusted.

I would like the family to know that her contributions to education in Dartmouth were significant and she made a difference in the lives of her students.

A most loyal and dutiful servant. May she Rest In Peace.

My mother, Aileen Juanita Macaulay/Smith/Metherall talked about Nita occasionally, and said she was named after my grandmother Juanita/ MacDonald/Macaulay. I was young-er and didn’t pay attention. It seems Nita was living across the harbour from me, and I’m sorry I never met her. What a wonderful obituary and she was loved and appreciated by so many. Now I’m interested in family history (1939) and would like to talk with you.. Alexandra Macaulay McCulloch 902-422-2155

My wife and I send our condolences to Nita’s family.
I had the pleasure and good fortune to work with Nita for many years at Prince Andrew High School as a guidance counsellor there.
She was a wonderful role model and helper to me as a beginner in my new position there.
She was greatly respected as a counsellor and member of our staff.
Her listening skills and obvious care for the students she helped( and there were many) made her popular and well liked..
I will never forget her friendship and kindness over the years..
Jack and Anita Rose

Nita was a force of great fun and caring – remarkable to have known her thru my mum – she was one of my mums best friends ( Elizabeth Eaton – Betty ) and I so looked forward to visiting with her every time I was back home in the Maritimes .May you be comforted by the memories you have of her and all the lives she affected positively over the years – she was one of the best – Affectionately Brenda Lawlor ( Eaton)

My mother, Barb Fanning. was so sad to read Nita’s obituary. Mom and Nita worked together at Prince Andrew High School in Dartmouth for many years where Mom was the secretary. They became good friends over those years and I remember Mom speaking fondly of Nita on many occasions.
We are both so sorry for your loss.

To the Family,
Seeing your dear Aunt’s obituary today was both sad and comforting to me and brought back so many grateful memories of a truly wonderful , fully developed Human Being who tried to help an very insecure and lost girl in the 1950’s when she thought at the Halifax Vocational school where I was one of her pupils!
I felt comforted by reading that she has had a long life and was loved……..and sad that I had not found her in order to tell her how very much she meant to me …….and how often I wanted to say that her belief in me has brought me hope and faith in myself and allowed me to be , at age 80………someone she would feel proud of!
She was a fabulous Role Model……just by being her pure self, and I know that she was a huge influence on me during these many decades since and that the young troubled girl who dropped out of school on her 16th Birthday has raised 3 wonderful children with 7 Degrees among them…….all extremely successful and fine upstanding people because your lovely Aunt saw something in her that she could not see in herself and reached out to help!
May she rest in Perfect Peace now, and may your memories bring you comfort along your journey, you were very fortunate to have her in your lives for so long!
………with Sincere Sympathy and Blessings,
“Penny” ( Baker) Clark

Deepest condolence to Nita’s family. Nita lived across the hall from me when I was at Tiffany. She was a dear friend and had some many wonderful conservations out in the hall and the bistro. A beautiful lady and very friendly to everyone. Rest In Peace dear friend. Rebecca Anderson.

Sending sincere condolences to all my distant cousins. My sister, Bonnie, advised me today of the passing of Aunt Nita. She was a beautiful lady and although we have not been in touch for many years, I remember her dearly.
Janice McLean (Holland), formerly of Dartmouth, N.S.,now Grimsby, Ontario

You were a true friend to know
I was worried about you because
I never see you for a long time
We used to eat breakfast together in the kitchen
Sitting and having breakfast with me Sandra
But when got sick I was thinking about you
Sorry you were sick I pray for you to get better
And god hold your hand to walk you to the gate
To heaven you are going be miss
I love ❤️ Sandra