Lillian Margaret Usher
Born In: Glace Bay, Nova Scotia, Canada
Passed on: December 21st, 2012
It is with extremely heavy hearts that we, the family, announce the passing of our mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister and friend, Lillian Margaret Usher on Dec. 21, 2012, at home, surrounded by her loving family.
Born in Glace Bay, she was a daughter of the late Pius and Elizabeth (MacKay) Corbett.
In earlier years, Lillian was employed with General Instruments on Vulcan Avenue in Sydney. In 1977, she returned to further her education, graduating from the PCW course. She accepted an employment position with Seaview Manor in Glace Bay, caring for the many residents until her retirement in 1993.
Lillian had a great passion for her community and was instrumental in the restoration and running of the Gardiner Mines Community Hall. She believed that giving back to the community was important and dedicated her time selflessly. Lillian enjoyed playing darts, bingo and doing many crafts, including knitting and crocheting.
But Lillian’s true love revolved around her family. Up until last year, she could be found attending her grandson Brandon’s hockey games, knocking at the glass to get his attention. She watched with great pride as her family grew, adding more grandchildren and great-grandchildren and she never missed an opportunity to let them know how she really felt about them. Her love for family was deep-rooted, unwavering and centered.
Lillian is survived by sons, Buddy (Paulette), Michael (Joanne), both of Glace Bay, Joe (Arlene), Lingan Road; sisters, Loretta (Kenneth) Munroe, Frances Corbett, both of Dominion, Geraldine (Joe) Williams, Sydney Mines, Marion Braganaza, Valerie (Jim) Calhoun, Evangeline Pasher, all of Ontario, Muriel Corbett, Glace Bay, Florence Peach, Sydney, Colette (Dave) Turner, Louisbourg; brothers, Tommy (Muriel) Corbett, Dominion, Greg (Mary Louise) Corbett, Thompson, Manitoba; special granddaughter, Kelly Warford; grandchildren, Kimberly, Bernard, T.J., Stephen, Kevin, Michelle, Bev, Marissa, Brandon; many great-grandchildren;,nieces and nephews.
Besides her parents, Lillian was predeceased by her husband, William, son, Willie, one son, in infancy, sister, Joyce Clarke, brothers, Jim, Robert, Kenneth.
Cremation has taken place under the direction of the V.J. McGillivray Funeral Home, 16 Reserve St., Glace Bay. There will be no visitation by request. Funeral mass will be offered today (Monday) at 11 a.m. in St. Eugene Church, Dominion, with Fr. Daniel Boudreau officiating with con-celebrant Fr. Jim Oliver. Burial in St. James Cemetery, Gardiner Mines. A reception will follow at the Gardiner Mines Community Hall.
Memorial donations may be made in Lillian’s name to the Hospice Palliative Care Society of Cape Breton County.
Online expressions of sympathy can be forwarded to the family by visiting www.vjmcgillivray.ca.