Annamae LINDSAY

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LINDSAY, Annamae May 31, 1937 - January 2, 2014 Annamae, passed away peacefully surrounded by her family, at St. Joseph's Hospital. Her earthly effervescent spirit is surely making Heaven brighter and lighting new stars each night. Predeceased by her parents, John Zurba and Marie Wright and in-laws, Leigh and Irene Lindsay, Annamae is survived by her loving husband of 55 years, Ray, sons Leigh (Joan) in Vancouver, Les (Jocelyn) in Saskatoon, and daughter, RaeAnn in Comox as well as her beloved Grandchildren - Caitlin, Chris, Ben, and Abby. Her most beloved brother Cyril (Betty) in Thunder Bay and their son Jeff in Toronto, Jack (Maria) in Thunder Bay, sister Deborah (Brian) in Regina, brother-in-law Denis (Fran) in High River and sister-in-law Marion in Kamloops. Annamae is also survived by many nieces and nephews across North America. Annamae worked as a volunteer for many years with St. Joseph's Hospital Auxillary and the Comox Valley Prostate Support Group. She was active in all her kids' school organizations as they grew up, volunteering in many capacities. Annamae enjoyed many hobbies and interests over her lifetime. She excelled at free hand drawing and painting, completing many ceramic and folk art pieces over the years. She also enjoyed wheat weaving, calligraphy and was a fabulous cook - generous with her recipes and entertaining, particularly dad's staff parties that would hold tables full of pyrohy and holubtsi that everyone always enjoyed! Annamae's greatest wish and dream however was to become a Baba, and she has been the best one for the last 22 years. Her kids and grandkids were the center of her life, so relocating to Comox from Saskatoon in 2001 was an easy decision. Generous and kind hearted, Annamae was outgoing and chatty, making friends and collecting recipes wherever she went. Annamae was proud of her Ukrainian heritage, maintaining many aspects of and teaching others about her culture. Her love of life and exuberance helped her over many hurdles that arose with her health and how she selflessly carried on is a lesson in life for all of us. As selflessly as she lived life, Annamae developed just enough moxie to keep her safe and be her own advocate, and never shied from using her voice. Annamae and Ray spent many winters travelling to and from Hawaii, enjoying endless happy hours and time with great, lifelong friends. Those trips to Hawaii were given up in lieu of spending the winter months with her grandkids in Vancouver, Calgary, and eventually, Comox. Annamae kept in touch with everyone in her life and was the best friend anyone could have. Mom, we know you are finally having your date with Elvis "In the Garden." We love you and will miss you always and forever. You made our worlds happier places and taught us the true meaning of courage, strength, living for today, and the genuineness of friendships that are made for life. We are blessed everyday, whether in life or spirit to call you mom and Baba. A memorial service will follow in the spring. Donations in memory of Annamae can be made to the Canadian Diabetic Association. Let your love shine through in all that you do Please listen to me, let me be free Let my wings spread open wide and fly I Love You Always and Forever Your Angel in the Sky -Charlene Stannard
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Published in Comox Valley Echo from Jan. 7 to Jan. 8, 2014
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