PENSO, Annie Marie
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October 15, 1931 - April 11, 2013
Annie was raised with her younger sister Stella in Vernon and predeceased by her Daddy in 1947. During her teen years she worked at Nick's Candy Store then moved to Vancouver in 1950 where she took up hairdressing and her daughter Judi was born. Annie was working in a bank in 1952 when she met her life-long friend Anna, and then married her husband Don Penso in 1955. They built their first home, business and had four children together before parting ways. Annie found peace and shared many happy memories with her children at Cultus Lake despite the hardships she faced. Tragically three children, Mark, Julie and Donna predeceased her, but Annie kept soldiering on. Her daughter Jan remained close by her side. Annie modelled tremendous courage and strength and managed to find a bright lining in any dark cloud. She was so appreciative of the smallest acts of kindness and simple beauty. Her sweet and delightful gestures brought joy to many. She gave the most thoughtful gifts of little treasures she found during her bountiful hunts at her favourite place: the thrift store. Annie loved music and, and had such a sense of fashion. She was colourful, non- judgemental and such a joy to be with. She is fondly remembered by her grandchildren as Grans, and Grannie Annie, by Julie-Ann, Kyle and Bryan. She was always proud and enquiring about Destiny, Teya and Carter. She was absolutely joyous with the birth and time that she spent with her great-grand-baby Lauryn during her final year of life. This was a magical relationship that captured her heart and youthful spirit. There will be Celebration of Annie's Life on Saturday, May 4.
Published in Vancouver Sun and/or The Province on Apr. 28, 2013