Anne Parker was born on July 16, 1920 and got called home by God on December 13, 2011. Married to Harold on May 5, 1945, Anne was predeceased by her parents, Annie and Percy; husband, Harold; brother, Cecil (Maggie) Darby, sisters; Phyllis (Lyle) Pierce, Lillian (Alex) Renard, Peggy Darby, Doreen Darby; nephews; Richard Darby, and Henry Renard; Anne leaves to mourn her passing, her son, John (Melinda) of Calgary; daughter, Linda (Pete) Dubuc of Castor; grandchildren; Stacey Parker Wilson, Chad (Megan) Parker, Tanya (Grant) Jones, Jacqueline (David) Pickard, Kimberly Dubuc; great grandchildren; Lisa Wilson, Madison Wilson, Jennifer Wilson, Kayla (Colton Rissling), Natasha Jones, Jonathan Pickard, Alexandra Pickard; great great grandson, Peyton Rissling; and sister, Joyce LaPierre.
The things we remember and cherish are her sense of dignity, cheerfulness and positive attitude, even when she suffered many cancer surgeries. A wonderful woman with a beautiful spirit, she showed warmth care and compassion to her family and all the people that she met. Mom will always be remembered as a hard worker, but her love and devotion to her family and church will be her living legacy.
Anne loved to play cards with her grandchildren; Rummy was her favorite and she would sometimes do a bit of cheating just to entertain the kids and add a bit of fun to the mix. Active in every way and even a sports lover with baseball being at the top of the list; the Toronto Blue Jays always had a good cheering section in Anne. A Celebration of Anne’s life was held on Monday, December 19, 2011 in Knox United Church Castor, AB at 1:00 P.M. with Rev. Barbara Zimmerman officiating. A loving tribute was given by long time friend Allan Pieper. Cathy Schaffner played for the congregational hymns led in song by the Knox United Church Choir. Brenda Kneller sang a solo “In The Garden”.
The interment followed in the Castor Cemetery where Ann was laid to rest along with her late husband Harold. Pallbearers were grandson Chad Parker and great grandson Jonathan Pickard. Honorary pallbearers were Allan and Jean Pieper, Dr. Don and Nellie Johnson as well as “All of Anne’s Many Family and Friends”. Family and friends then gathered together in the upper hall of the church for a time of fellowship and refreshments prepared and served by the Knox United Church Women. Should friends desire memorial contributions may be made in Anne’s memory to the Alberta Cancer Foundation or to the Our Lady of the Rosary Hospital Foundation, Extendicare Unit.
My Grandma gives everybody advice,
Her lifelong wisdom helps us suffice.
From her curly white hair to her big long feet,
She makes us welcome with something to eat.
She was as humble as the day is long,
She asks us what is wrong.
With the shake of her finger and a wrinkle of her nose,
That Irish stubbornness would sometimes show.
Constantly watching and loved it when we helped her,
She was quick to say you apple polisher.
Politics and religion grandma followed them you know,
Her very strong opinion would give you a good go.
Grandma loved her company she followed you around,
She would dote on you and never sit down.
She would take us to supper and grab the bill,
She was way too slow we would pay at the till.
Grandpa was a stinker he would run out for a smoke,
She knew what was going on she had him on a rope.
Proud of her children, grandchildren, great grand
children and yes great great grand child,
Loving them to pieces all the long while.
Grandma never complained even in pain,
In her own words there is nothing to gain.
She finished her days walking a strong old girl,
Her life was as beautiful as a bright shiny pearl.
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