Constance Winnifred Pierce passed away peacefully on Saturday, Sept, 1, 2007 at La Verendreye General Hospital in Fort Frances, Ont.
Connie was born March 3, 1921 in Wantage, Berkshire, England and emigrated to Canada with her parents and younger siblings, Renee and John, in 1924.
Connie resided in McIrvine for several years before taking up residence at 702 Armit Ave. in Fort Frances, beside Robert Moore School. A rather athletic girl, she enjoyed playing baseball and basketball in the neighbourhood, and later took up curling, bowling, and golf.
As the oldest of seven children, Connie often was called upon to assist in the child-rearing process, and her caring and patient nature led to a very deep bond with her siblings that exists to this day.
Her passion for children also led to a teaching career. After spending a year at “Normal School” to receive her teaching qualifications at the age of 19, Connie embarked on a fulfilling career in the classroom, instructing students from Thunder Bay to Fort Frances to Carpenter in the 1940s and 1950s.
She always spoke very fondly about those years, and of the students and families she had the privilege of teaching and getting to know.
A severe bout with rheumatoid arthritis struck Connie in 1960, and in short order her physical hardships prevented her from continuing as a teacher.
Despite the debilitating effects of her arthritic condition, her always positive outlook enabled her to enjoy life and to have a profound impact on her family. She helped to spearhead family events (nobody put on a family birthday function quite like the “Evans Girls”) and enjoyed many summers at the family cabin on Last Island.
A women of strong faith, Connie, along with Michael, looked forward to worshipping and enjoying the company of fellow parishioners and clergy at St. John’s Anglican Church. She also was pleased to participate in the Arthritis Bluebird Club and the local Retired Teachers of Ontario group.
In recent years, though more challenged physically, Connie often would speak via phone and visit locally with her family and special friends.
She also grew to know and become fond of her caregivers, and the family would like to acknowledge the physicians, nursing, and personal care staff at CCU, ComCare, Rainycrest, and St Andrew’s, whose splendid medical care was exceeded only by their kind and compassionate nature.
Connie was predeceased by her husband of 51 years, Michael Pierce; parents, Florence Winnifred and John Percy Evans; brother-in-law, Bruce Biddeson; sister and brother-in-law, Renee and Jim Gartshore; brother-in-law Earl Fawcett; nephews, Joe Biddeson and Michael McCutchon; father and mother-in-law, George and Molly Pierce; step mother-in-law, Jean Pierce; and brother-in-law, Wesley Davis.
Connie is survived by her son John; daughter-in-law, Penny; and grandchildren, Melanie, David, and Lauren.
Also surviving are siblings, John Evans and Mary Biddeson of Fort Frances, Ont., Violet Fawcett of Calgary, Alta., Ted (Doreen) Evans of London Ont., and Joan (Richard) McCutchon of Hanover Ont.; and sister and brother-in-law, Daphne and Walter Allan of Orlando, Fla., and their families.
A memorial service will be held Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2007 at 11 a.m. at St. John’s Anglican Church in Fort Frances. Fr. Wayne McIntosh will officiate.
If friends so desire, in memoriam donations can be made to St John’s Anglican Church Memorial Fund, 360 Church St., Fort Frances, ON, P9A 1E1, or c/o Green Funeral Home, P.O. Box 427, Fort Frances, ON, P9A 3M8.
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