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Frances Coleman

Frances ColemanFannie was born in 1875 in Halifax, NS. She was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother. Our grandmother (we called her Nan) had many sorrowful experiences in her early married life. She lost her youngest son to diphtheria in 1916 and her heroic husband, Vincent Coleman, in the Halifax Explosion, as well her home and all the family possessions. Nan was seriously injured in the Explosion along with the baby of the family. After a long hospital stay she was reunited with her children and she started the long road to rebuilding her life.

Nan and her sister started a very successful millinery business and eventually she bought a new home for her family. Nan never looked back on the sorrows in her life, but always had a very positive attitude. She was a very active member of the ladies societies of St. Thomas Aquinas Church, an avid bridge club member, a wonderful gardener and had a wide circle of friends. Nan enjoyed her life to the fullest especially when her grandchildren were around. She loved to organize family parties and always a good card game of “45’s” to end the evening. Nan was a strong resilient woman who was a wonderful source of inspiration for her mental strength, strong personality and love of family. She died at the age of 92, having lived a full and active life. All her grandchildren were proud to call her Nan.

This tribute was submitted by two of her grand-daughters, E.Diane Smith, BScN ’64 and Ann L. Finlayson, BA ’68 BEd ’69