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Winnifred Theodora (Zwicker) Cairns


Winnifred Theodora (Zwicker) Cairns

I was born Winnifred Theodora Zwicker on April 6, 1950 in Kentville, the only daughter of the late Colin Zwicker of Kentville and Antje (Marks) of The Netherlands. I passed away on Saturday, May 7, 2022 with family by my side in Valley Hospice, Kentville.

I am survived by my husband, Ken Cairns of Canaan; sons, Craig (Karen), Middleton; and Chad (Natasha), Coldbrook; daughter-in-law, Meagan Squarebriggs Cairns, Middleton; grandsons, Jacob and Sam Cairns, Coldbrook; and Ethan Cairns, Middleton. Also survived by brothers, Colin (Loraine) Marks, Vancouver Island, BC; Don (Sally) Zwicker, Kentville; Mark (Beth) Zwicker, Auburn; sister-in-law, Margaret Jean Cousins (Earl-predeceased), Arcadia, Florida; several nieces, nephews and great niece, Luna Zwicker, and cousins. Predeceased by brother, Derrick Zwicker.

I attended KCA and went to Mack Business College – working as a Secretary at H&R Doane and NS Department of Agriculture. I met Ken during that time, married in 1970. I became a "stay at home" mom in 1974 when Craig was born – a role taken very seriously. Chad was born in 1976. A much simpler time and life seemed normal. A home was built, and a family raised. Cooking, baking, and crafting became an evolving interest. And school committees became a way of life. Ken was also very involved and supportive in helping – whatever was made became the gift given to family and friends, whether it be Old World Santa’s, seed boxes, framed photography, angels, paper tole – the list goes on. Many times, when brain waves were going on inside the house, Ken said he would know because the garage floor would shake. We became a team. The willingness to help has continued over the years, always eager to help Craig and Chad at any time. Always willing to help whether it be family, friends or neighbours.

I went back to work in 1989 (Tower Jewellers and Reid Jewellers, to have an identity) and to help pay to further my boy’s education, I worked until 1998.

My interest in sewing began in 2003 during a quilting class and then incorporating embroidery with sewing became a passion. Many gifts were made and given to family, friends and charities. Because of this passion, the interest was shared with many online friends who were involved in sewing and embroidery, so have connected with ladies all over the world. After breast cancer in 2018, a new normal became a reality and the projects changed in scale, but I never failed to make gifts to be given. That passion came to a halt in 2020 when diagnosed with a brain tumor, lung cancer, causing loss of use of my dominant left hand and cancer spreading. Many of my projects live in the homes of family of friends. A good life was had.

My greatest wish is that people be kind to one another, do a random act of kindness and never miss the opportunity to make a memory.

Family flowers only. I would like donations in my memory to be made to Valley Regional Hospital – Oncology, MRI, or Cat Scan departments or the Valley Hospice Foundation.

A special thank you to Dr. Gunn and Karen Veinot, Dr. Julia Merryweather, Dr. Lynn Harrigan and the staff of Valley Regional Hospital – oncology, MRI department and cat scan department, as well as the VON and all of the staff at Valley Hospice. A huge thank you to the huge team of oncologists at the Dickson Center in Halifax. I was a frequent flyer and appreciated everything done for me. All of the staff are amazing. I also thank the multitude of friends who have been so supportive.

Cremation has taken place and there will be no visitation. A celebration of life will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, May 15, 2022 in the White Family Funeral Home, Kentville, followed by a reception. For those unable to attend, there will be a video webcast at the time of service. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the White Family Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Kentville. To view the video webcast and for on-line condolences please visit:

My husband Ken has been my rock – we have both learned.
Remember, life is for the living – never miss an opportunity to make a memory.

I Already Miss You

I really wanted to stay
But God had other plans for me
And took me far away.
God choose me for an Angel
To soar up through the sky,
I am sure that you are wondering
But I don’t want you to cry
And though you cannot see me,
I am smiling from above,
I am singing and I am dancing
And sending all my love.
I will wait patiently
Until I can see you again,
But please just remember,
That I am free from pain.
Know that I am watching
And though we are apart,
I will love you always and forever
You are cemented in my heart.
Cherish all the memories,
We have made along the way,
For those are most important
And they will always stay.

Love you bunches, xoxox
- a poem by Winnie

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Service Date
Sunday, May 15, 2022
Service Time
2:00 p.m.
Service Location
White Family Funeral Home, Kentville, Nova Scotia

There will be no visitation, by request

Requested Charity
Valley Regional Hospital - Oncology, MRI or Cat Scan departments or Valley Hospice