HEBB, Florene Eve­lyn (Hig­gin­botham)

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - OBITUARIES -

It is with heart­felt sad­ness that we say good­bye to our dear mother, our grand­mother, aunt and friend. Florene Hebb, a kind and gen­tle true lady, with a con­ta­gious smile and hearty laugh that would light up any room. In­deed a beau­ti­ful per­son both in­side and out, she will be missed by all who knew her. Born on May 25 1933 in Mon­tague P.E.I., one of three chil­dren, Florene en­joyed grow­ing up in Mon­tague Prince Ed­ward Is­land, and al­ways con­sid­ered her­self to be an “Is­lan­der”. Af­ter grad­u­at­ing high school she and her sis­ter, Laura, left their beau­ti­ful Is­land to pur­sue ca­reers in nurs­ing, and so be­gan a life full of car­ing and com­pas­sion. There was no­body bet­ter suited to be a nurse than our mother. Her un­selfish na­ture and a gen­uine con­cern for oth­ers is what made her so spe­cial in ev­ery way. Florene be­gan her ca­reer at the Grace Ma­ter­nity Hos­pi­tal in Hal­i­fax, where she dis­cov­ered im­me­di­ately her love of all chil­dren. She adored her “Grace” ba­bies, and had that spe­cial touch - she could pick up a cry­ing baby and have them happy in her arms min­utes later. At a dance at the Ju­bilee Boat Club she met Thomas Hebb, they mar­ried and started rais­ing a fam­ily im­me­di­ately. She cre­ated a happy home, loved be­ing a mother, and as well self­lessly cared for Tom’s fa­ther, our “papa” in his Waterloo street home un­til his pass­ing at the age of 98, 26 years later. She also found time to be an ac­tive mem­ber of the IODE, The In­sur­ance Women’s As­so­ci­a­tion, en­joyed her ladies bridge club and loved work­ing part time at Dr. He­len Hunter’s pe­di­atric prac­tice. Af­ter be­ing di­ag­nosed with type 2 di­a­betes she be­came ac­tively in­volved with the Di­a­betic As­so­ci­a­tion work­ing in drug tri­als and with fund rais­ing. Her great­est joy was her fam­ily, and she de­lighted in spend­ing time with her beloved grand­chil­dren whom she adored. There were many hours spent read­ing, singing songs, hav­ing sleep­overs, and just en­joy­ing the sim­ple plea­sures of be­ing a won­der­ful grand­mother. Florene was pre­de­ceased by her fa­ther Harry Hig­gin­botham, mother An­nie (Richards) Hig­gin­botham, her dear sis­ter Laura ( Jar­dine), brother Harry ( Ju­nior) Hig­gin­botham and her hus­band Thomas Hebb. She is sur­vived by her chil­dren, David Hebb (Pam Auld) and Cyndy Macleod (Bruce) as well as grand­chil­dren, Ge­of­frey, Laura, Sara, Thomas ,Michael as well as many nieces and neph­ews. A ser­vice cel­e­brat­ing Florene’s life will take place at Snow’s Fu­neral Home , 339 Lace­wood Dr. at 2 p.m. Thurs­day July 30. We wish to thank our ex­tended fam­ily at the Berke­ley for their care, com­pas­sion and kind­ness. In lieu of flow­ers, do­na­tions can be made to the Cana­dian Di­a­betic As­so­ci­a­tion or the Alzheimer’s So­ci­ety.


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