OLAND email@example.com_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2003-08-11 published
STANBURY, Amadita Diana Oland Halifax (née OLAND)
Died peacefully at her family home on August 9, 2003 after a long and courageous battle with breast cancer. Born a twin on Easter Sunday, 1918 in Guildford, England, she was the only daughter of the late Colonel Sidney C. OLAND and Herlinda deBedia OLAND. Following World War 1, she lived in Havana, Cuba, Halifax and later in Hollywood, where both her parents were in motion pictures.
Upon her return to Nova Scotia, she attended the Convent of the Sacred Heart and then Mount Saint Vincent Academy and has enjoyed her affiliations with both schools ever since. She was also educated abroad in Lausanne, Paris and London. One of her passions was riding horses, where she excelled and won various awards both in Halifax. Still remembered as a significant social event, her marriage to Norman STANBURY in July 1938 took place on the first sunny day following six weeks of rain. On its front page, above a wedding photo, the Halifax Herald ran a huge banner ''Happy the Bride the Sun Shines On''. The sun continued to shine for over 50 years of marriage.
She joined the Junior League and loved her work in the Well Baby Clinic, During her lifetime of dedication to raising her family, she was active in her support of the Arts including the Canadian Opera Company, the London Theatre Company, the Kiwanis Music Festival and numerous local theatre companies including Neptune Theatre She was knowledgeable about and gained great pleasure from her study of antiques.
As a alumna of Mount Saint Vincent, she was Chair of their Project One-Futures for Women fund raising campaign and was among the first to receive the University Alumnae Award of Distinction.
She is survived by her six children - Penelope (Barry RUSSELL,) Michael, and Lindita (Charles WALKER) all of Halifax; Bruce and Christopher (Asifa BHATIA) of Vancouver, Norman, Toronto; also eight grandchildren-Charles (Loraine TOBIA,) Paul (Dawna BEARISTO) and Dick RUSSELL, Susannah and Katherine STANBURY, Roland STANBURY and Diana and Charles WALKER; three great-grandchildren and two and two step great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her twin brother, Bruce S. OLAND, Halifax , and many cousins, nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her husband, Norman, and two brothers, Victor deBedia and Don Jamie.
Visitation will be at Snows Funeral Home from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. on Tuesday. The Funeral Mass will be celebrated by Reverend Gordon MacLEAN at Canadian Martyrs Church, 5900 Inglis Street, Halifax at 11: 00 a.m. on Wednesday, August 13. A private family burial service will be held later at Santa Maria del Pilar Chapel, Sackville, Nova Scotia. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Nova Scotia Division of the Canadian Breast Cancer Society or the charity of your choice. On line condolences firstname.lastname@example.org
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