Howie Centre

January 14, 1949 – November 11, 2022

It is with broken hearts that we, the family, announce the passing of our precious mom, Shirley Marie Lessley, on Friday, November 11, 2022, at home, surrounded by loved ones after a lengthy battle with Multiple Myeloma.

Mama showed great strength and courage over the years battling her illness and took great joy in the love she had for her children, which we returned tenfold, and the deep love shared between her and her partner, Linda.

Mama is survived by her partner and the Love of her Life, Linda; three children, Leonard (Amy) Smith, Sherry (Stephen) Reid, and her baby, Dawn Tracey Lessley; grandchildren, Jonathan (Alyssa), Catlyn and Taryn; great-granddaughter, Meadow; Linda’s daughter, Kim with whom she shared a special bond, Linda’s sons, Brent and Bradley; Linda’s many grandchildren and great-granddaughter, Madison; siblings, Raymond (Teresa), Kenneth (Francis), Marilyn (the late Wayne) Boutilier and her baby sister, Julia (Gordon); as well as many cherished nieces and nephews.

Mama was predeceased by her parents, Leonard and Rebecca Manning; sister, Gladys (Phillip); brothers, Albert (Debbie), John (Gladys).

Mama was one in a million who had great love in her heart to share, and it showed to everyone who knew her through the beautiful smile she always wore. She loved camping and fishing and traveling, especially the random road trips she and Linda would take together. She also had a deep faith and close relationship with the Lord.

Visitation and memorial service to celebrate the life of Shirley Lessley will be held at Pier Community Funeral Home, 1092 Victoria Rd. (entrance on Church St.), Whitney Pier on Saturday, November 19, 2022. A gathering of family and friends will take place from 1:30 to 3 p.m. with the memorial service to follow at 3 p.m. in the All Faith Chapel with Lieutenants Dion and Jenelle Durdle officiating. Interment will take place in Eastmount Cemetery, Whitney Pier.

For those unable to attend, Live Streaming will be available on our website.

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Donations in memory of Shirley may be made to Hospice Palliative Care Society of Cape Breton.

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

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.”

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From:  Gordon and Mary Manning