Cora Anne (Marsh) Shebib
It is with great sadness we announce the peaceful passing of Cora on February 24, 2020 at the Northside General Hospital. A proud Mill Creeker, Cora was born on November 18, 1947 to the late Garnet and Alice (Shinners) Marsh. She faced her life challenges with grace, determination and optimism.
Left to mourn her passing are her husband of 51 years, Lawrence, her son Cavel (Joanna Sharron), Halifax, son Colin (Tracy), Westmount, and daughter Laureen (Richard) Genter, Sydney. She is also survived by her five treasures, her grandchildren, Brennan and Abby, Halifax, Joshua and Jeffrey, Sydney and Jacob, Westmount.
Left to mourn are her brothers Garnie, Sydney Mines, Jackie (Sandra), Basil (Claire) in Bras d’Or, Owen (Dorothy), Bras d’Or/Florida, Roy (Nancy), Dartmouth, Greg in Sydney, Austin (Westville), her sister Darlene (Carey) O’Handley living in Hillside Boularderie, and
sister-in- law, Marie (Michael) Penny. Cora was also survived by numerous nieces and nephews.
Cora also had the privilege of many special friendships...her friends will dearly miss her!!
Besides her parents she was predeceased by her infant daughter, Mary Elizabeth in 1969, her brother Ronnie Marsh, Ontario in 2003 and brother Lorne Marsh, Ontario in 2019.
Those who knew her are familiar with her many volunteer commitments, in her parish of St. Joseph, as well in the Diocese of Antigonish, and her community!
A spiritual seeker, Cora was eager to connect with adult faith development groups and communities. This led her to become an Associate with the congregation of the Sisters of Charity/Halifax, then taking on a leadership role within Atlantic Canada as an ARCAN (Atlantic Religious Congregations and Associate Network).
One of her proudest moments was the launching of Cape Breton’s first dragon boat. Cora had the pleasure of being a founding member of The Cape Breastoners Dragon Boat Team. She delighted in having the opportunity, along with her team mates, in introducing dragon boating to breast cancer survivors in Cape Breton. To give women hope, support and a sense of control after a breast cancer diagnosis.
Another volunteer effort dear to Cora was her time spent with the Hospice Palliative Care Society of Cape Breton County. She was dedicated to bringing comfort and care to those in the palliative care service. She firmly believed no one should be alone at the end of life and spent many years volunteering at the Northside General Hospital. She also served on the Hospice Advisory Board for five years.
At Cora’s request there will be no visitation. A funeral mass for Cora will be celebrated at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday at St. Joseph Church with Rev. Doug MacDonald officiating. Burial will take
place at Holy Cross Cemetery, North Sydney at a later date. Funeral arrangements are under the care and direction of W.J. Dooley Funeral Home, 107 Pleasant Street, North Sydney.
If you so desire, donations can be made to the North Sydney Food Bank Society. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.wjdooley.com.
In remembering Cora, strive to be gentle and caring with each other, the environment and those who may live on the margins of society.
“If there ever comes a day when we can’t be together, keep me in your heart, I’ll stay there forever!”, Winnie the Pooh
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