FO­LEY, Ar­lene (Sim­mons)

Glace Bay

Cape Breton Post - - In Memoriam -

It is with great sor­row, we an­nounce the pass­ing on Sun­day, April 30, 2017 of our mom, grand­mother, sis­ter, aunt, grand-aunt and friend. Ar­lene was di­ag­nosed with cancer in mid-Novem­ber and fought a short but se­vere and coura­geous bat­tle.

Born in Glace Bay Ar­lene was the daugh­ter of the late Ge­orge and Priscilla (Forg­eron) Sim­mons.

Ar­lene will be sadly missed by daugh­ter, Alison (Shawn Coville) Fo­ley, CFB Petawawa, ON; son, Aaron (Sarah) Fo­ley, Syd­ney; cher­ished grand­daugh­ter, So­phie; brother, Kevin (Amelia) Sim­mons, Glace Bay; sis­ter, Brenda (Cliff) Smith, Port Hawkes­bury; niece, Mal­lory Smith; neph­ews, Stephen, Shaun (Crys­tal) Sim­mons; grand­niece, Ava; grand neph­ews, Ay­den, Cole, Greyson; broth­ers and sis­ters-in-law, Tommy (Peggy), Billy (Linda), Michael, Mary and Anne. Also sur­viv­ing are car­ing friends, Jeri MacNeil, Janet Mur­phy and spe­cial cousins.

Ar­lene was pre­de­ceased by her par­ents; lov­ing hus­band, Alan (2015); fa­ther and moth­erin-law, John ‘Bunny’ and Mary Is­abel (Mur­phy) Fo­ley; sis­ter and brother-law, Patsy Fo­ley and David Saulnier.

Af­ter spend­ing her grow­ing up years in Louis­dale, Ar­lene moved to Glace Bay where she spent the re­main­der of her life. Ar­lene mar­ried Alan and to­gether they had two chil­dren and many pets, lastly her beloved dog and great com­pan­ion, Abby.

Ar­lene was a val­ued em­ployee at Seav­iew Manor for 38 years. She worked as a PCW, diet-aide and most re­cently as head cook. Ar­lene was a com­mit­ted CUPE union 2094 mem­ber and was on their ex­ec­u­tive as trea­surer. She also was an avid vol­un­teer for many fundrais­ing ac­tiv­i­ties at Seav­iew Manor.

Ar­lene’s quiet, non-as­sum­ing and non-judg­men­tal de­meanor made her friend­ships that lasted a life time. All who knew her loved her un­con­di­tion­ally.

Ar­lene loved to travel, es­pe­cially to the sunny south where she spent many years re­lax­ing with an ice cold one and a good book. She loved our an­nual shop­ping ex­trav­a­ganza, but didn’t re­ally en­joy the bor­der cross­ings!

Louis­dale was her sum­mer re­treat where she en­joyed boat­ing, bon­fires and bar-bques. Fam­ily and friends were Ar­lene’s top pri­or­ity in life.

Our fam­ily wishes to ex­press a sin­cere thank you to the doc­tors and nurses

at the Cape Bre­ton Re­gional Hos­pi­tal Cancer Cen­ter. Also spe­cial thanks to her nurses, Wendy, Peggy and Frances.

Vis­i­ta­tion for Ar­lene will be held 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. on Wed­nes­day, May 3, 2017 at Curry’s Fu­neral Home, 775 Main Street, Glace Bay. A Fu­neral Mass will be cel­e­brated at 11 a.m. on Thurs­day, May 4, 2017 at Holy Cross Church, Glace Bay with Fr. Nor­man MacPhee of­fi­ci­at­ing. A lun­cheon will fol­low in the church hall. In­ter­ment will be at For­est Haven Memo­rial Gar­dens at a later date.

Do­na­tions in Ar­lene’s mem­ory may be made to Red Cross Health­care Equip­ment, Cancer Pa­tient Care Fund at the Cape Bre­ton Hos­pi­tal Foun­da­tion or char­ity of choice. Fam­ily flow­ers only please. Con­do­lences to the Fo­ley fam­ily are avail­able at www.cur­rysfu­ner­al­

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