When Anne was 3, her family began farming sugar beets in Readymade, Alta. After moving to Chilliwack, B.C., at 12, Anne attended school for a short time – an unhappy experience. She graduated from East Chilliwack Bible School in 1952 with a firmer grip on her faith. She worked as a “blue girl” serving meals to patients. At Vancouver MB Church, she joined a choir, the Ambassadors, and made lifelong friends, including John, who pursued her for 2 years before she agreed to date. Anne found fulfillment in homemaking and was active in the ladies’ helping hands club at Culloden MB Church, Vancouver. In 1983, Anne and John retired to Abbotsford, B.C., where they loved the Ross Road Community Church seniors’ group and choir. Anne was grateful for the friendship and purpose she found volunteering at the MCC Thrift Store, especially after John’s death. In February 2012, she was diagnosed with cancer. Anne’s life was testament to Jesus’ power for forgiving hurts and being forgiven.
Karla is a writer for Mennonite World Conference who lives in Winnipeg.