Whitney Pier
It is with broken hearts we announce the peaceful passing of our dear mother, grandmother and friend, Mary Frances Corbett, 87, on Monday, Aug. 24, 2015, at the Cape Breton Regional Hospital, Sydney.

Born on Feb. 4, 1928 in Sydney, Mary was the daughter of the late Mary Margaret Best.

Mary loved life. She was an avid tarbish player and loved the horse races. Mary provided Avon to everyone within her community. She enjoyed watching television and the company of her family, especially her grandchildren. Mary will be remembered by her family and friends for being very loving and caring to her grandchildren and for her home cooked meals. 

Mary is survived by her sons, Alphonse ‘Buddy’ Corbett, Alberta, and William ‘Billy’ (Shirley) Corbett, Sydney; grandchildren, Brian, Barbara, April and Chelsea; great-grandchildren, Ava, Parker and Lillian; brothers, James Best, Ottawa, and Kevin ‘Butch’ Best, Sydney; several nieces and nephews; a special niece, Denise (Dwayne) Fraser and their two children, Elijah and Wren. 

Besides her mother, Mary was predeceased by her brother, Winston ‘Lad’ Best and daughter-in-law, Debra Lynn Corbett.

Visitation for the late Mary Frances Corbett will be held on Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015 at the Pier Community Funeral Home, Whitney Pier, 1092 Victoria Rd. (entrance on Church Street), from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Funeral service to celebrate the life of Mary will be held on Friday, Aug. 28, 2015, at 11 a.m. in Pier Community Funeral Home, All Faith Chapel with Fr. Alex MacLellan officiating. Light refreshments will be served in the reception area following the service. Private family interment will take place at a later date.

Donations in memory of Mary may be made to the Canadian Lung Association.

The family gives much thanks to Dr. Greg Myatt and his staff for going above and beyond to care for Mary during her time of need.

Funeral arrangements are entrusted to the care and direction of Pier Community Funeral Home.

“She never got old…she just became ill.”

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                              Online Condolences

Dear Buddy, Billy, Shine's grandchildren, Uncle Jim and Uncle Butch, our heartfelt condolences go out to you during this great time of loss. Know that our hearts and thoughts are with you all. Deeply sorry not to be able to attend Shine's service. May God's peace encompass you all.
From:  Angie and Family

Deepest sympathy to the entire family on the lost of your loved one. May she find eternal rest in God's Arms.
From:  Raymond Ettienne

We send our condolences to Billy, Buddy and family on the passing of your mom.
From:  Rocky Coward

Sincere condolences to the family
From:  Al Dorko

I send my sincere condolences to the family of Shine (as we knew her)on the loss of your beloved Family member. I have several memories of Shine and her family growing up in the Pier. I pray that God will take her in his tender loving arms, bless her and anoint Shine as one of his newest angels. May God Bless. 
From:  Vernal Tull

Sorry to hear of her passing. Deepest sympathy from the Toussaint family.
From:  Freddy Toussaint

I was shocked and saddened to hear about the loss of my sweet grandmother and although I'm no longer in close contact with the family, please accept my sincere condolences. Nana was a sweet, caring woman, who loved her family, and taking care of them. I remember how she loved playing Sega games for hours on end, always had the best variety of mini Avon sample lipsticks to give me, and adored going to bingo (always had the prettiest bingo markers around too!). When I was a little girl I remember sharing my bunk beds with her when she visited and will always fondly remember the day I came home from school to excitedly find she had wallpapered my bedroom walls with the cutest baby bird wallpaper. My thoughts and prayers are with Billy, Shirley, April and Chelsea, during this devastating, difficult and emotional time. I'm sending hugs and hopes of strength, especially, to my father, Buddy, during this time, as I can imagine this must be a particularly devastating loss for him, so soon after the recent heartbreaking loss of my precious, dearest, mommy. Nana is in a much better place now and she will take great pride in watching over you and our family from heaven, with mom undoubtedly beside her. Rest in peace, Nana. Give my mother a big hug for me. Xoxo
From:  Barbara Corbett 

Dear Buddy, Billy, and Family Our hearts are with you in this time of deep sorrow, we are very sorry that we cannot attend. Shine was a wonderful person and we will miss her greatly. We will remember all of you in our prayers.
From:  Thomas, Gayle, Veronica and John Burke
Our condolences to the Corbett and Best Families. May God bless you all during the loss of your Mother, sister. Our thoughts and prayers are with during this time. May God Bless you all.
From:  Chester & Laura Borden & Families