Martina Theresa Saunders, age 58, of Dartmouth, passed away peacefully at Northwood Residence on January 22nd, 2019. Born on January 5th, 1961 on St. Brendan’s, NL, she was the daughter of the late John & Martina O’Rielly and wife of the late John Saunders. Martina was a caring wife, sister, aunt and great-aunt who was always ready to have a laugh and share stories of being from a Newfoundland island and growing up in Labrador City and Gander. Left to mourn with loving memories are brother Aidan (Babs) of Truro; sisters Lillian Walsh of Kilbride, Shirley (Don) Ballard of Paradise, Angela (Jim) Moriarty of Harbour Grace, Sandra (Kirk) Taylor of Gander; daughter Jennifer (Gary) and granddaughter Hannah of St. John’s; along with her 9 nieces, 3 nephews and 19 great-nephews and nieces. She is also survived by sister-in-law Mona O'Rielly of Port Alberny, BC, brother-in-law Herb Hynes of Appleton, brother-in-law Bill Saunders (Shirley) of Florida, sister-in-law Susan Newhook (Craig) of Enfield; very special Aunt Mary O'Rielly and family of Gander and Aunt Rita Bridgeman of St. Brendan's and a large circle of family and friends including her lifelong friend Barbara Cooper. Predeceased by sisters Margaret Hynes, Josephine and Ann O'Rielly, brothers Michael and Gordon O'Rielly. Celebration of Life & Reception will take place at 10am on Saturday, January 26th at Atlantic Funeral Home, 6552 Bayers Road, Halifax. Family interment to follow at Fairview Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations in Martina’s memory may be made to a charity of your choice. Martina’s family would like to say a special thank you to all the nurses and staff at Northwood who took care of her over the past year. To leave a message of condolence for the family, please visit www.atlanticfuneralhomes.com Halifax Chapel.
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