Cynthia Francis

Obituary of Cynthia Francis

“Little Bit Sleeping Woman” Cynthia Healy passed away surrounded by loved ones at the Peter Lougheed Hospital on Monday, May 25, 2009. Family members in heaven rejoice in her return; while those of us that remain here mourn for a mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, cousin and friend. Cynthia was born at the Blackfoot Hospital on Siksika Nation, the fifth child out of nine children born to Tom and Dorothy (White Elk) Healy. She was proud to let everyone know that she was raised by Grandma Stabbed Last in her early years. Cynthia attended the Old Sun Residential School from ages 7 to 16 years. After residential school, Cynthia moved to Edmonton, AB to attend the Nurses Aid Training at the Charles Camsell Hospital. After graduation she worked at Charles Camsell, Holy Cross and St. Joseph Hospital. She was a member of the reserves in the Canadian Army. Cynthia moved to New Westminster, BC returning back to Alberta; living in Edmonton, Calgary and finally settling back on Siksika Nation. Cynthia was strict in her own way, she loved collecting frogs and the color green, she enjoyed crocheting, banana cream pie (always tasted better when she made it), making and sharing her goodies with her grandchildren and those that would stopped by for a visit. Cynthia is survived by her two children; Tweety (Tim) and Bruce (Melanie); her 15 grandchildren – Waylon, Suzanne, Bailey, Miranda, Tyrel, Isabelle, Claudia, Mathias, Joshua, Jade, Ava, Sophia, Bruce, Kalem and Danielle; two brothers Tom (Marie) and Clifford (Melvina); two sisters Veronica Smith and Mildred Little Light; two uncles Stan and Harold (Jean) Healy (Kainai); one aunt Rose Alma Many Shots; numerous special nieces, nephews which she helped raised when called upon. Cynthia is survived by numerous friends and family members of the Healys, White Elks, Backfats, Yellow Flys, Wolf Legs, Blacks, Youngs, Many Guns, Scalplocks, Many Shots, Sleighs, Small Legs, Yellow Horns, Tallows, Soops, Spring Chiefs, Axes, White Eagles, Little Chief, Plain Eagles, Provosts, Foxes, Two Horns. Cynthia was predeceased by her husband, Lloyd Francis; her parents; sisters Marlene, Joyce, Lila, Celena, Gail; brothers Aloyssius, Arthur, and Fraser; numerous nieces and nephews. The family would like to thank nurse May Ann in ICU at Peter Lougheed Medical Center for her kindness and gracious care, nurse Jenny Goodin at Strathmore Valley General Hospital, and the other nurses that took such good care of Cynthia. The family would also like to thank al those who helped Mom in any way. The family asks that anyone in attendance at the Funeral to wear any shade of Cynthia’s favourite color- green. The family apologizes for anyone they may have missed. Funeral Services will be held at the Church of Jesus Christ of Letter-Day Saints (60 Maplewood Dr., Strathmore AB) at 1:00 p.m. Graveside Services to follow at Canon Stockton Cemetery. In living memory of Cynthia Francis, a tree will be planted at Siksika Nation, AB by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Eastside Memorial Chapel, 5388 MEMORIAL DRIVE N.E. Telephone: (403) 248-8585.
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