It is with sadness we announce the passing of our mother, Corena Pauline Dempsey (née Steeves) on February12, 2020 in Moncton, NB. She was 93.
Born in Hillsborough, NB in 1926 to Cecil and Nellie Steeves, she was predeceased by her parents, older brother, Ivan and her husband, F. Lloyd Dempsey, the love of her life.
She is survived by five children: David (Penny) of Moncton, Linda Savoie (Donald) of Moncton, Robert (Kathryn) of Mineville, NS, Brenda (Allan) of Annapolis Royal, NS and Susan Szczechura (Rick) of Brantford, Ont. She is also survived by ten grandchildren: Jana, Julien, Emily, Margaux, Kevin, Paul, Katie, Kim, Alex, and Thomas; 12 great grandchildren, and her niece, Barbara Marks (Clifford) of Fredericton, NB. She will be remembered by numerous nieces and nephews and others in the Dempsey clan.
Corena attended Moncton High School where she met her husband Lloyd. They married when he returned from serving overseas in the RCAF during WWII. They raised their children with a focus on a good education and saw them all attend university.
Both Lloyd and Corena were founding members of Mount Royal United Church and Corena was a member of the UCW for several years.
Corena loved to sew and paint and won awards for her speeches at Toastmistress. She was a speed skater in her youth and continued to skate well into her 60s.
Corena and Lloyd enjoyed camping trips to Fundy Park when their children were young and later to their property in Cavendish, PEI.
After Lloyd's passing in 1989, Corena travelled with the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia and visited many eastern European countries, Madeira and Hawaii, among other destinations. She took many trips with her children and visited them often.
The family would like to thank the staff at Briarlea Nursing Home for their unwavering care.
Cremation has taken place. A celebration of life will be held at Fair Haven Funeral Home, 1177 Salisbury Road, Moncton, NB on Saturday, May 9, 2020 at 1:30 pm. Reception to follow.
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