RIVER JOHN – It is with sadness the family of Lillian Heighton, River John announce her passing on November 11, 2017 at Willow Lodge Home for Special Care, Tatamagouche, where she had been a resident for the past two years. Lillian was born in River John on May 17, 1921. She was the last surviving member of her immediate family and was predeceased by her parents, Arthur and Mary Heighton, as well as siblings and adopted family members, Daniel, James, Chris, Everett, John, Clarke and Lindsay. Lillian left River John as a young woman to work in Boston where she was a department store detective and returned to River John in 1963 to care for her father and John, following the death of her mother. She worked at the River John Co-op until her retirement. She was a member of Saint John’s Anglican Church and Rebecca Lodge, River John. She was particularly close to nephew and nieces, George (River John) and Shirley Ann (Augusta, Maine) and who enabled her to remain in her home until she was 94 years of age, as well as Nancy (Pictou). She is affectionally remembered by nieces and nephews who live in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and United States. She leaves them with many fond memories of her love and devotion to family, as well as items of her handiwork that included doilies, afghans and wool socks. She was a notable cook and baker and always made sure everyone was well fed whether they came for a visit or to stay awhile. The family will receive visitors at Lillian’s family home, at 1538, Route # 6, River John from 2 – 4 pm and 7 – 9 pm on Thursday, November 16, 2017 where her remains will rest until her funeral at 2 pm on Friday, November 17, 2017, at Saint John’s Anglican Church, River John. Burial will take place at the Mountain Road Cemetery immediately following the funeral. A reception will be held at Lillian’s family home following interment. Donations may be made to Saint John Anglican Church, River John or Pictou County Food Bank, Pictou. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of McLaren Funeral Home, Pictou.