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Ann Elizabeth STRATFORD

September 30, 1939 - January 18, 2017

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Ann lived her life surrounded by all she loved and cherished, her husband and best friend Ralph and four children Laurie, Debbie, Sherri and Warren. She was the biggest cheerleader of all her family no matter what the situation was. Grandchildren Andrew, Heather, Erin, Ashley, Kyle, and Harold were a huge light in her life and loved to hear all about their lives and adventures. Proud does not begin to explain the joy she felt for her two great grandchildren Finn and Fiamma. She had a very special bond with her younger sister Margaret with whom she spent hours on the phone with. She had very fond memories that she shared about her sister and brother Ralph. Philly her dog and Patches her cat were her fur children they will miss her pats and hugs. Each of her children take a piece of her personality and cherished memories of a cherished and very loved Mum.

Ann arrived in Canada from Glasgow at the age of 9, she often reminisced about her life before moving to Canada with stories that captive her whole family. She arrived first in Mission City and later moved to Chemainus and by the age of 12 she moved to Victoria where she lived the remainder her life. Ann meet the love of her life and best friend Ralph at 18, they had a special bond that lasted nearly 60 years. Ann had a great sense of humor and you often hear her telling Ralph to “Go Suck a Rock” and “Turn the light out”. They had an amazing relationship that is a true inspiration for all her children and grandchildren to aspire to.

Movies and the arts where a big part of Ann’s life and she was an avid fan of going to the movies with her friend Maryann and thought herself quite the movie critic, letting others know which to spend their money on and which to not bother. She loved all animals and let all of us including Ralph have a wide variety of pets over the years. These pets became part of the family and all had special places in Ann’s heart.

Mum used to say jokingly that if she had never had children she would have loved to travelled the world and we hope that she is now. She never complained about how she was feeling and always had a smile and wave for anyone she met along the way. She loved life and the humor was always part of her day, she loved to laugh and delighted in hearing others do the same.

We would like to thank the nurses that work so hard day after day helping and caring for others in the dialysis department of the hospital. Our special thanks also goes out to the doctors who tried to make our Mum’s journey more comfortable.

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