1918 – 2010
Anna passed away peacefully on Tuesday, March 9, 2010, at The Heritage House, Stettler, AB at the age of 91. Anna was born in Beisiker in 1918. As her mother died in childbirth she was raised in Wimborne by her father, John and stepmother. Anna had many full/half and step siblings some of which are still here with us today. Anna married young in 1939 and moved to south of Big Valley to become a farm wife and mother. Anna had 4 children, Jackie, Dennis, Susan and Gerald. Later on in life, as farming life was tough, Anna started to put her greatest talent to use, cooking. She worked in the Stettler Auction Mart and the hospital in Stettler as a cook. She eventually moved to Red Deer to work as a cook in many other areas as well as took on boarders to make ends meet. Her cooking talents eventually took her up north to cook for Imperial Oil Camps where she met Doug Maxwell in 1972. Anna moved to Onoway after courting Doug for a time, where she spent the better part of 35 years. This is the farm where the majority of us remember her. Her eleven grandchildren looked forward to summer visits to the farm. We all looked forward to the cinnamon buns and meatloaf that she was famous for. On arrival we all did our dutiful tours of her gardens that she was so proud of. Then we ran through the trees making forts, driving old cars and just being kids. As long as we stayed out of her flowers we were free as birds. Later on in life once Doug retired, they started to travel with the 5th wheel south to warmer climates. They spent over 15 years traveling from October to April. They made many friends down south, some of which they saw each year. Soon fourteen great grandchildren were hers to enjoy as well. Our family visits got bigger and bigger and she just cuddled all the new babies, never wanting to miss out on a new one. With all her grandchildren girls, she started to have a good run of boys. Wasa Lake visits were a grand affair until they were unable due to health to go there.
Health eventually took Doug and Anna was to spend the last few years in a Nursing home, most recently in Stettler Heritage Home due to her health as well. Anna was loved by many as was easily seen by the hospital staff this week. Everyone wanted to see her and a room full of family were with her when she passed. She will be fondly remembered by many and greatly missed by all who loved her. A strong woman who we all looked up to. She will be fondly remembered by her children; Dennis (Jo-Ann) Edwards of Drumheller, Gerald (Vicki) Edwards of Calgary, Susan Edwards (Brad Ward) of Stettler, Jackie Wright of Lethbridge, eleven grandchildren, twelve great grandchildren, three half brothers; Carl, Albert and Manuel and one step-sister, Bertha; as well as numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Memorial services were held at the Brennen Funeral Home Chapel on Saturday, March 13, 2010 at 2:00 P.M. with Rev. Jack Schulze officiating. Congregational Hymns were ‘How Great Thou Art’, ‘Take My Hand Precious Lord’ and ‘The Old Rugged Cross’ with organist, Lorraine Coulthard accompanying. Honorary Pallbearers were “All Those Who Have Shared In Anna’s Life”. Following the service, a reception and fellowship took place in the Brennen Funeral Home Reception Area graciously served by Brennen Funeral Home. As an expression of sympathy, memorial contributions may be made to the one’s choice in care of Brennen Funeral Home and Cremation Services P.O. Box 193 Stettler, Alberta TOC 2LO. Condolences can be e-mailed to:firstname.lastname@example.org. 403.742.3315
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