Anne Marie Epp died Aug. 29, 2009. She was born Sept. 24, 1923 in Alexanderwohl, Ukraine to Abram David and Anna Epp. The family immigrated to Canada in 1925, settling in Coaldale, Alta. In her school days, Anne earned awards for artwork, creative writing, drama, and choral singing. She accepted Jesus as Saviour at 10. At 13, her father died. At 16, she was baptized and joined Coaldale MB Church. Throughout her life, she was a faithful church member, teaching Sunday school, singing in choirs, ministering to old and young. In 1943, the family moved to Yarrow, B.C., to a small berry farm. Because of the 1948 Fraser Valley flood, the family moved to Vancouver in 1950. Anne studied and worked as a civil servant at Heather Health Clinic in Calgary, later studying business administration and management, and working for CP Air. She also worked as secretary at Culloden MB Church, Vancouver, for a time. She ended her employment years early to be companion and assistant to her aging mother. Anne was a prayer warrior for many families and friends, and made lasting friendships wherever she worked. She loved travel. In the last years of her life, she spent considerable time reading God’s Word and devotional books. She was a beloved daughter, sister, auntie, and a dear friend to many.
Karla is a writer for Mennonite World Conference who lives in Winnipeg.