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.
Click Here: https://youtu.be/DtWKVyzvGBo
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.”
Condolences to her family and friends. May she rip
From: Gordon and Mary Manning
I had the privilege of giving Shirley Marie a ride back to Sydney from Halifax many years ago. I will never forget her warmth and vivacious conversation. Now I have the continuation of a relationship with her daughter Dawn Tracey who inherits her endearing qualities. What a family !!
So sorry to hear of Shirley’s passing. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.
I have so many memories of family gatherings.. So many Christmases and summers spent together. I was so blessed to have grown up in a close knit family. Aunt Shirley was always at the centre of every event. Her sense of fun, and family made every get together memorable. I will always remember the laughs, the dancing, the shennigans, and most of all the love. I am blessed to call you my Aunt. Sending so much love to my cousins and to Linda.
Condolences to Shirley,s family. I enjoyed Shirley,s company on Sunday mornings … she was a pleasure to be around. RIP Shirley
Dear Linda, and all Shirley’s family, Our deepest condolences to you all. We loved Shirley and were blessed to have known her. Sending our love and prayers.
RIP Shirley no more pain. . Fly high with the Angels..🙏
I always called her Aunt Shirley when we were younger. she was my cousin and I remember going to Aunt Becky and Uncle Leonards house. . Such a kind hearted lovely woman. Prayers for all the family as they mourn her passing.. Rest in Peace Aunt Shirley.
My deepest condolences on your loss of Shirley, my thoughts are with you at this difficult time..
So sorry for you all my deepest condolences .
My sincere sympathies are extended to Shirley’s family and friends.
Condolences Linda and all the family on Shirley’s passing. She was a lovely lady who will be missed. You are in my thoughts and prayers. May your memories bring you comfort in the sad days ahead.
Shirley was a special lady with a ready smile, infectious laugh and playful spirit. She made you feel special in her presence. I loved these qualities about her. When I think of her I hear her laugh and that makes me smile. Her memory will live on through everyone who loved her.
I was so sorry to hear of Shirley’s passing. Shirley, Linda and I had many good times and laughs together – the Queen and her court – and I will miss her. My thoughts and prayers are with her family.
So sorry to hear of Shirleys passing.Shirley was a Beautiful lady who was so easy to love she and Linda were a great couple
So Sorry for Your Loss. Prayers 🙏😪😪
Clancy and Lynn Pippy
Shirley was a lovely lady who was always ready with a smile. It was a pleasure sitting next to her on Sunday mornings. Her warmth of spirit always shone through. We were privileged to know her. Sincere condolences to Linda and all the family. We will continue to keep you in our prayers as you go through these difficult days.