S: Created by Frannie June 2011
FC: Mrs. Anne Cumming ~A Brief Family History~ With Love From Your Daughters
1: Dear Mum, We always enjoyed hearing about your life as a girl growing up, and about how you met Dad, and of course about the three of us when we were little. We feel so lucky to have you, and we all appreciate the life you made for us. Love, Anne, Frannie, Chris | LOVE | Laughter
2: On September 9, 1927, in Halifax Nova Scotia, twin girls were born to Mary and Arthur Brown. They named one Anne, called Annie, and the other Catherine, who became known as Kitty. The twins had seven other siblings. | Arthur & Mary Sr. | Annie & Kitty
3: Front Row: Cyril, Gerry, Jackie, Annie, Dorothy, Noreen Back Row: Arthur, Kitty, Mary, Mary Sr., Artie
4: One day, when Annie was a teenager, she was sitting on the front steps of her parent's house when a young soldier came walking by. He stopped and asked her directions to the base, and although she knew it was against the rules, Annie left the steps and took the soldier to his destination. That soldier was Allison Cumming, better known as Speck, and he started to court Annie. There were lots of good times and they were married on June 19, 1948.
5: Speck | Annie
6: G O O D T I M E S | Annie, Cyril & Mary, Art & Nora | Annie & Speck, Noreen & Jimmy, Mary & Cyril | Annie & Speck | Annie & Speck
7: Mary, Dorothy, Kitty, Gerry, Nora, Annie | Mary Sr. & Arthur | Artie, Nora, Annie, Kitty, Butsy | Annie
8: About three years after Annie and Speck got married, Annie's Aunt Margaret and Cousin Peggy came to live with them.
10: Annie and Speck's first daughter was born on May 22, 1949. They named her Anne Marie.
12: Annie and Speck had another daughter on October 16, 1952. They named her Mary Frances, but called her by her middle name. As she got older, she insisted on being known as "Frannie" or "Fran".
14: With the birth of Christine Mary on May 5, 1955 Annie and Speck's family was complete.
16: Anne Marie had two sons: Stephen Breifni Ternan, December 24, 1972, and Matthew Breifni Ternan, February 26, 1976. | Matthew & Stephen | Stephen & Matthew
20: On October 16, 1993 Anne Marie married Bob Lea at their home in Tantallon, Nova Scotia. | Anne Marie and Bob got married just two weeks before Hallowe'en, and Hallowe'en was a big deal for Laura and Jenna who were only six and eight years old. So, they began the day in their finery, but ended it in their costumes. Best wedding outfits ever! Ha!
22: Bob's daughter, Stephanie and son, Michael also became an important part of Annie's family.
24: Frannie married Mike Allen on February 14, 1997.
26: Frannie and Mike's family consisted of the kind that had four legs and furry bodies. | Mandy | Tazzy | Sandy
27: Bandit | Bagel | Thorny | Thistle
28: Chris married Brian LeFort on November 5, 1978.
29: Chris and Brian had two daughters: Laura Allison on February 10, 1985, and Jenna Marie on September 23, 1987. . | Laura Jenna | Jenna Laura | Jenna, Annie, Laura
32: Brian died suddenly of a heart attack on February 21, 2003. They say that those who are remembered in our hearts will never die. If that is true, then Brian will live forever. He was an exceptional person. We all loved him dearly and will never forget him.
34: Stephen married Amanda Snelgrove on June 23, 2007. | Amanda & Stephen | Bob, Stephen, Anne Marie | Stephen & Anne Marie | Stephen, Annie, Amanda
35: Matthew married Sarah Mullins on October 4, 2008. | Matthew & Sarah | Matthew & Sarah | Bob, Anne Marie, Matthew, Sarah
36: Matthew and Sarah had a baby boy on August 19, 2010. Liam Breifni Ternan is Anne Marie's first grandchild and Annie's first great grandchild.
38: Keira Louise was born to Stephen and Amanda on January 15, 2011. She is their first child, Anne Marie's second grandchild, and Annie's second great grandchild.
39: Keira meets Liam. She's not impressed! Ha ha ha! | Ah, that's better!
40: And the beat goes on. Four generations!
42: Speck died on April 20, 2006 after many years of illness. Annie looked after him at home during all those years - a testament to not only her deep love for him, but also her strength, loyalty, faith, and courage.
44: Speck was well known for his sense of humour.
45: At 83 Annie is a much loved, beautiful, vibrant, and active lady who remains close to her twin sister. Annie still lives in the home she and Speck bought for their family in 1961. She shares that home with her beloved cat, Bailey. | Annie Kitty
46: Special thanks to Heather Geddes (Charlton) who supplied most of the early Brown family photos. Mary, one of Annie's sisters, married Cyril Charlton. Heather is their daughter and has always been a special part of the Cumming family, more like another sister than a first cousin. | Heather, Frannie, Chris
47: Mary & Cyril | Cyril & Mary | Mary | Cyril, Mary, Speck, Annie | Cyril & Mary