CARTER, Anne Louise (nee McMillan) 85, Passed away April 20, 2017 at her Victoria home, surrounded by family. Anne was preceded in death by her parents, John and Pearl (Chatwin) McMillan, two brothers John and Don, sister Mary (Demens) and her late husband of 51 years, Dr. Harold (Harry) Carter of Victoria, B.C. Anne was survived by her sons Harry III (Emma), John (Helen), Bruce (Leslie), Ross (Cindy-Wynne), grandchildren Lindsay (Jesse), Jason (Shannon) and Tegan as well as sister-in-law Miriam Hughes. Anne was born in 1931 in Port Alberni and had an idyllic childhood growing up there. She attended Crofton House School (1945 - 1949) and later became a nurse after graduating from the Metropolitan School of Nursing in Windsor, Ontario in 1952. After nursing in Port Alberni, Anne went on to do post-graduate maternity studies in New Jersey at the same time as her future husband, Harry, was doing a medical internship in Brooklyn, New York. They were married February 7th, 1955 at the Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church in Manhattan uniting the McMillan pioneer lumber family of Port Alberni and Vancouver with the Carter Hardware family of Alberni and Clifford, Ontario. Afterwards, they resided in Brooklyn for four years as Harry completed his medical specialization. They had their first three children during that time and their fourth child upon their return to Victoria. While Harry was working as one of Victoria's first orthopaedic surgeons, Anne raised her family of four boys in Oak Bay (they attended Glenlyon and OBHS) with endless love. Anne, with devotion, continued to support her children, their families and the extended McMillan and Carter clans and was always interested to know about their lives. Anne was excited to learn she was becoming a great grandmother and was delighted to feel Lindsay's baby bump. Anne and Harry were Bridge lovers and, for decades, played a number of evenings each week at home, at a friend's place, at the Victoria Bridge Club, latterly on the Internet and enjoyed competing in the ACBL Bridge Tournaments. In one such tournament, Anne was playing, with her sister Mary, when she earned enough gold points to become a Life Master and later earned her Silver Life Master. She was proud of winning the First Canadian International Bridge Tournament in Madeira, Portugal. Longtime bridge playing partners Cindy Patterson and Isabel McKenzie, maintained their close friendships with Anne in her final months. Another friend, Olive Alexander (Mrs. A.), whom Anne has known since the mid-1960s, has also been a great companion. Anne was a member of the Victoria Golf Course for 49 years and, last November, took her visiting nephew Don McMillan and son John there for dinner in her last visit. Anne had fond memories of her childhood summers at Qualicum Beach which translated into over fifty years of unbreakable affection for the family summer house at Shawnigan Lake. Anne was a superb homemaker, relished her garden, was a wonderful cook and believed in tradition. For instance, she made the same strawberry angel food money cake for family birthdays, and over the years she baked over two hundred and fifty of these! Another one of Anne's sterling qualities was having a sense of humour all the time. Even at the end of her life, Anne was able to connect with everyone and still have a good chuckle. Anne had an incredible memory, especially for family history, and her son Ross shared this genealogy passion with her. Her son Harry visited most days and provided tremendous emotional support for Anne in her later years as her eyesight declined. Her son John gave dedicated home care and fulfilled Anne's wish to die at home. Her son Bruce assisted Anne with financial matters, is husband of Anne's dear Leslie, and is her "Ump'n". The mother-child bond with all her children was remarkable and deep. Anne's older brother John's childhood nickname for her was "Toughie". This name fits since she had a solid internal core that helped Anne in taking care of her boys, husband and house, but her spirit was generous and it saw the best in everyone. Her friend Olive said Anne was always sensible and knew how to calmly figure things out. Anne showed this toughness again at the end of her life. We would also like to thank Dr. Ross McKay for his thirty years of attention to Anne's medical needs and most recently when she could count on him. He said he admired Anne because she was elegant and humble. A Celebration of Life will be held in the near future. No flowers or donations, thank you.
Published in Victoria Times Colonist from May 17 to May 19, 2017.