HIG­GINS, Frances ‘Fanny’

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Syd­ney Mines

It is with great sad­ness that we an­nounce the pass­ing of our dear wife and mother Frances ‘Fanny’ Hig­gins. For the past three plus years, Fan, who was 84 years old, fought a coura­geous and de­ter­mined bat­tle with Alzheimer’s disease. She passed away on May 25, 2017. She was born in North Syd­ney to John Ol­son and Vi­ola McGeen.

She spent a brief time liv­ing and work­ing in Ni­a­gara Falls and then re­turned home to her beloved Cape Bre­ton where she mar­ried her hus­band of 67 years, set­tled down in Syd­ney Mines and raised their three very ac­tive boys.

Fanny was a parish­ioner at Im­mac­u­late Con­cep­tion Church and a mem­ber of the CWL. Her chil­dren re­mem­ber the count­less pans of squares she baked for one oc­ca­sion or another.

Fanny was also a mem­ber of what she called (Club) which was a very close knit group of friends con­sist­ing of Fanny, An­nie Mae Hig­gins, Eileen Gor­don, Au­drey Cameron, Patsy Clarke, Trudy Young, Detta Haley, Kay LeBlanc, Theresa Barrie, and Kay Young. Their pic­ture was front and cen­tre at the “Home” and un­til re­cently she could tell us, with great pride, all of their names.

When her boys were young and play­ing hockey she was well known in the rink as their avid and en­thu­si­as­tic cheerleader.

She of­ten rem­i­nisced fondly about work­ing with the boys, at the kitchen ta­ble, on their home­work. She drilled them on spelling and all of the notes in their scrib­blers. The drilling stopped when all the an­swers were cor­rect.

She and James and the boys spent many won­der­ful sum­mer days at the cab­ins in Ge­orge’s River (Christies).

Her story can­not be told with­out men­tion­ing her con­sid­er­able tal­ent cook­ing and es­pe­cially bak­ing. In her chil­dren’s’ eyes no­body could bake like their ‘Ma’.

Ev­ery child in the neigh­bour­hood knew her voice as she re­lent­lessly called the boys in for sup­per or to go in the house for the night.

She is sur­vived by her hus­band, James; her sons, Brian (Al­berta) (Mar­ion, In­go­nish), Russ (Florence) Stel­lar­ton, Jeff (Leeann) Mil­ford; grand­chil­dren, Ryan (Dundee), Stephanie Karpa (Mike), Cal­gary, Kalan (Madi­son Fraser), Fox Creek, AB, Halle and Reese, and three great grand­chil­dren, Aurora, Sky­lar and MacKen­zie. Be­sides her par­ents Fanny was pre­de­ceased by her lov­ing sis­ter, Cather­ine (Sis) Boutilier. Vis­i­ta­tion will take place at the JM Jobes Fu­neral Home, 635 Main St., Syd­ney Mines on Tues­day, May 30, 2017, from 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. A Fu­neral Mass to cel­e­brate her life will take place on Wed­nes­day, May 31, at 10 a.m. at Holy Fam­ily Parish, Syd­ney Mines with Fr. James Oliver of­fi­ci­at­ing, with re­cep­tion to fol­low in the Parish Hall.

Fam­ily flow­ers only. Do­na­tions may be made to the Alzheimer’s As­so­ci­a­tion of Nova Sco­tia or the Heart and Stroke Foun­da­tion.

Dur­ing one of her last con­ver­sa­tions with one of the boys, her last words to him were, “Take care of your­self, say hello to the kids and give them a kiss from Nanny”.

Words of com­fort may be sent to the fam­ily at www.jmjobesfu­ner­al­home.com.

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