Anne Simpkins passed away peacefully at her home in Little Narrows, Nova Scotia on April 26, 2017.
Anne is survived by her longtime partner in life, Ed McCarty; her children, Augusta Farley, Joan Gillispie and Anne(Schatzie) Farley; her sons-in-law, Mark Gillispie and Ed Moore, four grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and her half-sister, Jinkie. Anne was preceded in death by her sister, Natalie; a brother, Rick; and a half-sister, Leslie.
Anne was born on November 21, 1922 in New York State. After raising a family in New York, Anne moved to Cape Cod, Massachusetts where she met the love of her life, Ed McCarty.
Anne was adventurous, creative and full of life. As a child, she loved to ride her horse, Fleur, around the countryside near her home in New York. In her twenties, she was a fashion photographer for Harper’s Bazaar and other magazines. As a young mother, she photographed her family and neighbors and created beautiful family portraits. When she moved to Cape Cod and then Cape Breton, she continued to photograph the world around her.
Anne and Ed moved to Cape Breton, Nova Scotia in 1974. They bought a small piece of land and made it into their own slice of paradise. The house Anne built with Ed complimented their creative spirits. She loved to grow vegetables and beautiful flowers and to befriend the wildlife that shared her land. Anne cherished her family, friends, and the life she made with Ed, their cats and their beloved Malinois, Allai. Anne will be missed by all who loved her and who had the opportunity to share her adventurous spirit.
A special thank you to the respite aides, nurses and palliative doctors of Home Care. They all gave Anne wonderful care at home.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Iona Volunteer Fire Department (4372 Highway 223 Iona, Nova Scotia Canada B2C1A2) with gratitude for the help given to Anne over the years.