It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our dear mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, Peggy Howell, 90, on Thursday, Nov. 26, 2015, at the Cape Breton Regional Hospital, An Cala Unit, surrounded by her loving family.

Peggy was born on Sept. 23, 1925 in New Waterford, she was the daughter of the late John A. and Mary (MacFarlane) Gillis from Margaree Harbour.

Peggy loved spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She spent many summers in Northside East Bay, where she was known as ‘Aunt Peggy’ by many children. She was often the first to brave the cold waters for the first swim in the spring.

Peggy had a great faith and was a member of the CWL in Holy Redeemer Parish. She was also a former religious education teacher, a Eucharistic Minister, and Pastoral Care worker within the parish. She also had volunteered at the Loaves and Fishes program which was in former Holy Redeemer Parish Hall.

Peggy is survived by sons, Frank (Linda) and Joe (Lila); daughters, Beverly (Wayne) Morrison, Yvonne (Paul) Madore, Patricia (Rick) Alisch and Jacqueline (Jamie) Clarke; son-in-law, Alvin Gallant; one sister, Rose LeBlanc; two sisters-in-law, Martha Gillis and Eileen Gillis; brother-in-law, William; grandchildren, Frank, Illona, Jeannine, Alicia, Linda, Mike, Chris, Nick, Natasha, Blaire, Caitlyn, Mackenzie, Ben, Cameron and great-grandchildren, Nora, Cole and Max. 

Besides her parents, Peggy was predeceased by her husband, Henry; daughter, Madonna Gallant; brothers, Joseph, John, Hugh, Myles, and Alexander; sisters, Tina Campbell, Rita Heffernan, Sister Mary Lydia Gillis and Sister Grace Virginia Gillis, both formerly from Sisters of Charity and also John Harold and Mary Margaret in infancy.

Visitation for the late Peggy Howell will be held on Sunday, Nov. 29, 2015 at the Pier Community Funeral Home, 1092 Victoria Rd. (entrance on Church Street) from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Funeral mass will be celebrated on Monday, Nov. 30, 2015 at 10 a.m. in Holy Redeemer Church, Whitney Pier, with Fr. Paul Murphy officiating. Following the mass a reception will be provided by the CWL in the lower level of church. Interment will take place in Resurrection Cemetery, Sydney Forks.

Donations in memory of Peggy may be made to the Hospice Palliative Care Society of Cape Breton County.

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

We’ll miss her humour and her smiling face. However, we know that from now on she will always be “Ticketyboo”!

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When the Lord calls our loved ones home, he leaves a gift of memories in exchange. Keeping you all in my thoughts and prayers.
From:  Dorothy Lundrigan

Peggy was a beautiful, kind lady who will be missed by all who had the priviledge of knowing her…our condolences to the Howell family.
From:  Lynn Stronge

I had the pleasure of working with Peggy at Zellers in the 70's.A lovely lady. Sending my deepest sympathy at this time. 
From:  Doddy Keel (Hollohan)

We are sorry to hear of the passing of your Mom. Aunt Peggy was a loving and caring lady. She always had a smile on her kind face. Aunt Peggy made my siblings and I feel special whenever we came to Cape Breton on vacation. My Dad had a special place for Aunt Peggy in his heart and they always shared many good laughs together. May you find comfort with your memories. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this time. 

From:  Bruce and Heather (Gillis) Bowser, Dartmouth, N.S. 
Frank,Linda & all the Howell family, So sorry for the loss of your Mom, God Bless her, may she rest in peace.
From:  Madonna LeBlanc

Dear Frank, Linda and family So very sorry to read of the passing of your Mother. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this time.
From:  Don and Helen MacLeod

To the LeBlanc Family, My memory of Peggy will always be tucking her hair into a bathing cap and either heading into the water or coming out …so full of life and joy. She was as lucky to have been so loved by ALL of you as you were to be loved by her. Blessing to all of you, from Corinne, Richard & Family

Our deepest sympathy Yvonne, Paul and family. Thoughts and prayers are with you.
From:  Richard Medora

Frank and all of the Howell family. So sorry for your loss, Peggy was a wonderful lady may she Rest In Peace.

From:  Heather LeBlanc

Jacqui, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. May the memories of your mom's humour and spirit bring you peace.

From:  Ryllonna Luedey 

To Frank and family: So sorry to hear about your mother's death.Many years ago,I worked with Peggy at K-mart.She was so kind to me and always had a smile on her face.She was a lovely lady.
From:  Kathryn Cogswell

My sincere condolences to the Howell family on your loss of your mom. I have many fond memories of your family from our youth growing up in the pier most notably Frank and Junior.May she rest in peace.
From:  Jay Duguid

Jacqui, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. May the memories of your mom's humour and spirit bring you peace.
From:  Ryllonna Luedey 

Sorry for your loss Bev. She is at peace with the Angels.
From:  Betty Lou 

Please know that we will be praying for your mom and your family.
God Bless, love Tis MacNeil

My prayers are with you at this sad time. I will remember Peggy with her perpetual smile. She was indeed the personification of optimism and will be missed by many I am sure.
From:  Maureen Willis