DEN­NIS, Sheila Marie

Cape Breton Post - - Obituaries/Advice/Games -

Syd­ney Mines

We, the chil­dren of Sheila Marie Den­nis, sadly an­nounce the pass­ing of our won­der­ful mother on May 24, 2017 at the Cape Bre­ton Re­gional Hospi­tal. She had just cel­e­brated her 75th birth­day on May 16 sur­rounded by her fam­ily.

She was born in Syd­ney Mines, to the late Ce­cil Charles and Mary Cather­ine (Mac­Neil) Hal­l­i­day. Sheila was a mem­ber of the Holy Fam­ily Parish, Syd­ney Mines.

Mom was ed­u­cated in Syd­ney Mines and at the Nor­mal Col­lege in Truro. She started her teach­ing ca­reer at the young age of 17 in Ge­orges River School. Af­ter teach­ing for a number of years, she left to raise her chil­dren. She re­turned to the work­force as the Direc­tor of the Kins­men Day­care Cen­tre, re­tir­ing in 2007. Through­out her ca­reer as a teacher and as a child care provider, she taught and/or cared for gen­er­a­tions of fam­i­lies.

Mom loved to camp, whether it was as a young girl with her par­ents and sib­lings in New Camp­bell­ton in an old army tent; or on trips with her own fam­ily to PEI with the tent trailer and the Add-A-Room tent; or on the shores of Mid­dle River in 1957 Chev the truck/ camper; or camp­ing in a tent in Drift­wood Camp­ground dur­ing a thun­der storm with the light­ning light­ing up the tent; or to the hills of Boisdale at Un­cle Frank’s cabin, at all times sur­rounded by fam­ily and friends.

Mom’s in­volve­ment in var­i­ous ser­vice or­ga­ni­za­tions and char­i­ties brought joy, friend­ship, and ful­fil­ment, in­clud­ing the Kinette Club of Syd­ney Mines, the Syd­ney Mines Food Bank, and the St. Joseph/St. Mary Cemetery So­ci­ety.

Mom loved her crafts; whether she was knit­ting a sweater, socks, mit­tens, or a dish­cloth, knit­ting nee­dles or cro­chet hooks were not far away. Each of us re­ceived many pieces of her work. Over time, her brothers away each re­ceived a crocheted Cape Bre­ton tar­tan afghan. From knit­ting, cro­chet­ing, ce­ram­ics, quilt­ing, Swedish weav­ing, loom weav­ing or rug hook­ing, Mom did it all. We’ve all heard sto­ries of the “Knotty Nan­nies” and the “Hook­ers”.

Mom is sur­vived by sons, Jim Jr. (Linda), Char­lot­te­town and Dar­ren (Con­nie), Ham­monds Plains; daugh­ter, Terri, at home, and grand­son, Dar­ren Alexan­der, Char­lot­te­town. Also left to mourn are her brothers, Colin Fran­cis (Rose), St. Catharines/Boisdale, John Wil­liam (Fern), St. Catharines, Robert Laird (Amy) Creignish, and sis­ters, Bev­erly Jes­some, Ge­orges River, Va­lerie (Frank) MacPhee, Rex­ton, Cather­ine (Greg) Ahle, St. Catharines, Brenda (Bill) Liv­ing­stone, Ge­orges River and Don­alda An­drews (John Win­stan­ley), Syd­ney Mines. She is also sur­vived by sis­tersin-law, Dorothy (Dot) Hal­l­i­day, (Willm­ing­ton, Mass.), Anne Hal­l­i­day, Hal­i­fax, He­len (Paul) Kolo­mayz, Mis­sis­sauga, Jane Den­nis (Red Deer), and brothers-in-law, Bill (Joyce) Den­nis, Syd­ney Mines and Joe (Al­li­son) Den­nis, New­found­land. As well, Mom is sur­vived by a mul­ti­tude of ex­tended fam­ily who brought joy to her life.

Be­sides her par­ents, Sheila was pre­de­ceased by brothers, Daniel Bruno and Ce­cil Charles (in in­fancy); a son, Daniel (in child­birth); brothers-in-law, Raymond Jes­some and Bob Den­nis, and her chil­dren’s fa­ther, Jim Sr.

Visi­ta­tion for Sheila Den­nis will be held on Fri­day, May 26, 2017, from 4-8 p.m. in J.M. Jobes Fu­neral Home, 635 Main St., Syd­ney Mines. A cel­e­bra­tion of her life will take place Satur­day at 1 p.m. in Holy Fam­ily Church, Syd­ney Mines, with Fr. Jim Oliver of­fi­ci­at­ing. A re­cep­tion will take place in the parish hall, fol­low­ing the ser­vice.

Do­na­tions in Sheila’s mem­ory may be made to the Syd­ney Mines Food Bank or the St. Joseph/St. Mary Cemetery So­ci­ety. Do­na­tion cards for these char­i­ties will be avail­able at the visi­ta­tion. Ex­pres­sions of sym­pa­thy may be for­warded to her fam­ily at www.jmjobesfu­ner­al­home.com.

To all the med­i­cal staff that jour­neyed with Mom dur­ing her ill­ness, thank you for what you do, and thank you for do­ing it in Cape Bre­ton.

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