Annie Martina (Moules) Binns
Born: June 16th, 1918
Passed on: January 26th, 2016
It is with broken hearts and an immeasurable sense of loss, tempered by a deep feeling of thanksgiving and celebration for the gift of her life, that our family announces the passing of our beautiful mother, Annie (Moules) Binns, 97 years of age. God took her from this earth on Jan. 26, 2016.
Annie joins for eternity her deceased family members, husband James, six sons, Jimmy, Carl, Alfie, Ernie, Gary and Benny, as well as two daughters, Mary 'Sis' Pineau, and Margaret 'Maggie' Binns. Annie was also predeceased by her two beloved grandsons, Jason Burton and Andrew Burton. Annie’s parents, William Moules from Halifax and Bessie (Covey) Moules of Hackett’s Cove, N.S., died many years ago. She was further predeceased by six brothers, Charlie, Raymond, Clarence, Albert, Frank and Roddie. She was also predeceased by five sisters, Margaret Whealen, Jessie Earl, Edna Jackson, Florence Bona and Irene Wells.
Annie is survived by her sons, Pius, Sarnia, Ont., Leonard (Donna) of Sydney, Paddy (Juliette) of Sydney, Barry (Chris), Elmira, Ont. and Donnie, of Waterloo, Ont. She is also survived by five daughters, Dorothy Evans, Sydney, Rose (Tom) Conohan, Sydney, Louise (Donnie) Burt, Kitchener, Ont., Debbie Cavers, Elmira, Ont., Donna (Pat) Schendler, Elmira, Ont. and Roberta (Sean) O’Leary, Sydney. She is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews, near and far.
Annie was the grandmother to 34 grandchildren, greatgreat‐grandmother to 43 great-grandchildren, and great‐‐grandmother to two children. Each child formed part of the fabric of Annie’s life, and were deeply loved by her.
As the mother of 19 children, Annie had the distinction of giving birth to two sets of twins, and one set of triplets during her lifetime. Beyond those who are blessed to call her mother by birth, Annie was also referred to as “Mom” by many other children who grew up in and around her on her beloved home, “the Hill”, of Whitney Pier. Those bonds and relationships have endured with many of those children being close to her right up to her passing.
Annie Binns was happiest when she was surrounded by family, friends, the noise and commotion of family laughter and discussion, and music at family singa‐‐longs, whether they be at Christmas time, or around a campfire. She absorbed each and every smile, each and every musical note, and each and every kind gesture, occasionally doing so with a glass of wine in her hand... “Red please!”
Annie loved playing bingo, so much so that she would excitedly go on “bingo trips” to Maine with many friends that she made along the way. She also loved to play cards, especially games like Rummoli, Scat, and of course, Tarabish. Annie later in life became an avid reader, and would devour books, unless her Toronto Blue Jays were playing, in which case she might put the book down to cheer on Toronto with Tuck, Alfie and Pius. She also took the opportunity to visit her many children and relatives in Ontario, one of the highlights of which was finally attending a live baseball game at the Skydome.
Annie Binns was a devout Catholic, who demonstrated an amazing and unwavering faith in her God. Her devotion to the Blessed Mother and her love of the Rosary was shared with all around her, along with her humble, gentle and unconditional loving manner. She showed love in every encounter she had with all of God’s creatures, which served as a great gift and example to everyone.
Annie was a proud Cursiestta, making her Cursillo at the age of 80, and following 10 of her children in the spiritual movement as a family. We, her family, were blessed to feel the warmth of her love each and every day of our lives, whether near or far, her devotion to her children, and each expression of kindness that she showed us.
Through our lives, Annie remained a source of strength that allowed each of us to feel uplifted. Her kind words or gentle countenance were enough to make each of those who knew her to find the strength to carry on in times of difficulty.
Visitation for Annie Binns will be at T. W. Curry Parkview Chapel on Sunday,
Jan. 31, 2016, from 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. A celebration of her life will be held at Holy Redeemer Church at 10 a.m. on Feb. 1, 2016, with Fr. Paul Murphy officiating.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Holy Redeemer Building Fund.
Online condolences may be sent by visiting www.twcurry.com.
• Her strength
• Her laugh
• Her wisdom
• Her gentleness
• Her smile
• Her voice
• Her strength
• Her humility
• Her affection
• Her gifts
• Her joys
• Her words
• Her grace
• Her eyes
• Her great love
• Her zest for life
... And everything that made you special to us and to all who were fortunate enough to have had their lives touched by you, which cannot be put into words, you will live forever in our hearts and memories.