It is with great sadness that we announce the peaceful passing of Annie Madeline Lane (Nee Mercer) on July 1, 2021 at the age of 93. She will be reunited with her loving husband, Horace Lane, who was taken far too young from her and their young family. She always spoke of their love story as never ending and now they can resume their love together. Predeceased by her parents, William Mercer and Elsie (Nee Hodder), of Victoria Cove, Gander Bay and brothers, Gilbert and Royburn. Leaving to mourn her sister Marie Woody, her children Jerry (Linda), Mona Kirby (Terry), Horace (Karen), Kay Thomey (Ron) and Jacqueline Lane Greenwood (Robert), 15 grandchildren, 16 great grandchildren and 4 great-great grandchildren. Also leaving to mourn many relatives, friends and neighbours who all loved Nan.
Madeline — or “Nan” as she was known to most — started out as a shy, beautiful young woman who moved to Millertown in the heart of the Newfoundland “lumber woods” to work for the Sparkes family, and it was then her love story with Horace began. After their marriage they moved into one of the original Millertown houses on the shores of Red Indian Lake and the first four children arrived in rapid succession, and then, ten years later, baby Jackie. When her husband died suddenly, Madeline’s grief was unimaginable, but supported by a network of strong Lane women and the love of her family, she persevered and eventually, thrived. As each of her children launched successfully into life, Nan became the ultimate grandmother and mother-in-law. Family was all, and she instilled this through her love and support and her loyalty. If you were family, or accepted as family, she always had your back. And babies were the most precious, important gift in the universe — and all her grandchildren know it. She travelled far beyond her wildest dreams — across Canada and the U.S., throughout England, Wales and Scotland, and to Paris. But she always came back to Millertown, and the house she shared with Horace, and the garden she loved and the sunsets over the lake.
The family wish to thank all the wonderful staff at Golden Years, at the Central NL Regional Health Centre, and at North Haven Manor. Your professionalism and compassion, often with limited resources, made Nan’s final years, months and days as comfortable and comforting as possible.
Visitation, subject to Covid requirements, will be at Hoskins Funeral Home, Grand Falls - Windsor, from 2-5 p.m. on Saturday, July 3. A service will be held in Millertown for immediate family on July 4.
Donations may be made to Millertown Church in honour of Madeline Lane by e-transfer, care of firstname.lastname@example.org or mail to Dave Gulliford, Box 55, Millertown, AOH1VO.