Patricia Maureen Rankin - 1947-2017

Patricia Maureen Rankin – 1947-2017

Patricia Maureen Rankin
With great sadness we announce the loss of our wonderful
sister, aunt, and friend, Maureen, age 69. She passed peacefully at
home on Wednesday, February 8, 2017, surrounded by the love and light
of her family. Born October 4, 1947 in Antigonish, she was the
daughter of the late Peter and Patricia (Donovan)
The eldest of ten, Maureen’s imagination,
creativity and fun-loving nature kept her siblings busy as they spent
their childhood days exploring the marvelous world of the “East
End”. Throughout her life she was a mentor, a referee, and a
superb organizer for her cherished family members, inspiring them to
pursue their own life plans while offering her constant guidance, love
and support. Her listening ear, strong faith and distinct,
enthusiastic laugh have seen all of us through both good days and bad.
A natural teacher, Maureen completed her studies at the Nova Scotia
Teachers College in Truro in 1968. Her subsequent career in education
spanned more than 30 years, primarily in the Valley, where she taught
at Horton High School and later at Evangeline Middle School. She was a
dedicated coach of basketball, soccer and track, and proudly led the
Horton High senior girls’ basketball team to their first
provincial title. On the court and in the classroom, Maureen was known
and respected for her unfailing compassion, wit and wisdom. Even in
retirement she provided ‘pro bono’ math tutoring
to many young students in need of extra help. Maureen was an avid
bowler and over the years attended numerous provincial tournaments
with her league. She was also a former member of the Ken-Wo Golf
Course in New Minas. She had a wide network of dear friends and former
colleagues whom she cared for deeply. Many of these friendships were
formed during her years at NSTC. Her stories and memories of this time
and of the ‘weekend adventures’ in the years after
brought much joy to Maureen’s life. She also found special
delight in time spent with children, particularly her grandnieces and
Maureen is survived by her siblings, Theresa Hare, Mike
(Anne) Rankin, John (Mary Florence) Rankin, Sharon (Chriss Robinson)
Rankin, Margie (Barry) Wiszniowski, Kathy (Denys) Prevost, Larry
Rankin, and Kim (Pat) Mason; her sister-in-law Allison Rankin; and her
15 nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her parents and infant
brother, John Neil, and brother-in-law, Darrell Hare.
Visitation at MacIsaac Funeral Home, 61 Pleasant St.,
Antigonish, 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Monday, February 20 and 11 a.m. until
time of funeral Tuesday, February 21. Funeral Mass 1:00 p.m. Tuesday
at St. Ninian’s Cathedral with Rev. Joseph MacKenzie
presiding. Cremation has taken place with burial to follow in the
parish cemetery at a later date. Memorial donations may be made to the
Naomi Society or the Antigonish Food Bank.

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