FICKO, Anna Sarah
Passed away on November 1, 2012, aged 89 years. Predeceased by daughter Darlea in 1968, brother Lawrence in 1987, and husband Denver in 2002. Anna is survived by son Randall (June) of Whistler; daughter Wendy Williams of Surrey; granddaughters Angie Cavanaugh (Travis) and Rhandi Elesko of Kamloops; great-granddaughter Teaghen Snow; sister Margaret Redmond of Penticton; sister-in-law Verna Clarson of Qualicum; sister-in-law Sheila Volz of Fort St. John: brothers-in-law Ken and Gordon Ficko of Ontario; many nieces and nephews in Alberta, Ontario and BC; and many wonderful friends. Anna was born at a cabin in Dovercourt Alberta (9 miles east of Rocky Mountain House) to Florence & Isador Rauter. Anna managed to keep her younger siblings in contact through separate adoptions. She became a strong and beautiful woman who knew her mind and stood up for herself and those she cared about. She was stylish, fun-loving and made many life long friends with her witty and sparkling personality. She was a loving and dedicated wife. Anna and her husband Denver were entrepreneurs. They ran various businesses over the years including the Ranch House Hotel in Fort St. John, and the Big Horn Restaurant, Gas Station & Fruit Stand & Motel near Spences Bridge while raising their family. Anna was a mentor to many in business and life. She became president of Sunrise Seniors Centre in Surrey after retiring. Anna was a talented and prolific artist. She studied commercial art and was always happy with the smell of oil paint and a brush in her hand. Her paintings are proudly hung in the homes of family and friends. Her loss has created a large hole in the lives of all who knew her, but her spirit will live on in all that were lucky enough to know Anna. A private family remembrance will be held at her granddaughter's home as per Anna's request.

Published in Vancouver Sun and/or The Province on Jan. 24, 2013