Blakeney (Arnold), Frances Ellen – Musquodoboit Harbour/Porter’s Lake. The family of Frances Ellen (Arnold) Blakeney, 85, announces her peaceful passing on January 20, 2016, in The Birches Nursing Home, Musquodoboit Harbour. Born in Stewiacke, raised in Lindsay Lake and Meagher’s Grant, she was the eldest child of Albert Edward and Roxie Ellen (Redden) Arnold. Although dementia took its toll towards the end of her life, it never completely erased her childhood memories of living in Lindsay Lake and later, our family picnics at the lake “near Johnnie Redden’s Farm”. Olsen and Frances were married in 1948; moved to Porter’s Lake in 1959 and built their home on Millside Drive. There, they raised their family, lived out their lives until Olsen’s passing in 1995. Frances remained in their home until two serious falls placed her in The Birches.
She will be missed by her daughter, Sheila (David) Keizer; son, Floyd (Kathleen) Blakeney and their children, Katelynn and Kyle Blakeney; daughter-in-law, Betty (Ken) Thompson and her and Vernon’s daughter, Beth (Scott) Baker and their son, Logan Baker; sister, Iona (Carl) Gilroy; brothers, Keith (Shirley) Arnold and Clyde (Joyce) Arnold; brothers-in-law, Donald G. Patterson and Gilbert Slauenwhite. She was predeceased by her husband, Olsen; son, Vernon Olsen; grandson, Jeffrey V.O. Blakeney; sisters, Beulah Patterson, Goldie Slauenwhite and Ruby Alice Arnold (in infancy).
Cremation has taken place. A private immediate family graveside service will be held at a later date, Rev. Aubrey Deslatte officiating. The family would like to thank Rev. Deslatte and Jeddore United Baptist Church congregation for their words of comfort and prayers of support. In recognition of the care Frances received, the family requests memorial donations be made to: The Birches (Recreation Department), 7702 Highway 7, Musquodoboit Harbour, NS B0J 2L0.
Arrangements are under the direction of Arimathea Funeral Cooperative, Upper Musquodoboit.