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ANDERSON, Maureen Mavis

Maureen Anderson passed away peacefully surrounded by her family on Wednesday, June 10, 2015 at the age of 85. Maureen (aka Chic) was born in Edmonton on December 31, 1929. She was the youngest of six Gibson girls – Beatrice, Kay, Alberta, Joyce and Ruth – and one brother, Abraham (Nanie).
She attended McKay Ave. Wetaskiwin and Oliver Public Schools, and Victoria and Commercial High School where she graduated with a Comptometer diploma. During that time she was very active in teen activities and various sports and was the Jaycees nominee for Miss Edmonteen. Maureen joined the Hudson’s Bay Western Post Division and Raw Fur Department in 1947, where she remained until leaving to raise a family in 1951.
Jim Anderson and his beloved “Peanut” were married June 12, 1948; a marriage and shared life that would last until she passed and beyond, in memories, friends and family. In the years that followed their marriage, Maureen supported Jim through numerous transfers as he advanced through Imperial Oil, and still found the time to become a Worthy Matron of the I.O.D.E. and President of the Sakara Temple Dancers Daughters of the Nile. After all 4 kids left the nest, Maureen confirmed that she had inherited her mother Caroline’s astute business savvy by starting and successfully operating her own Land and Legal Services Company for 13 years, many with daughter Laurie at her side. They were a force.
An ardent golfer (including a hole in one), graceful dancer, curler, honest bridge player, chronic volunteer, craftsperson, fabulous cook and ferocious cleaner, Maureen retired with Jim to Kelowna in October of 1996 where she was Ladies Club Captain at Kelowna Springs Golf Club.
Throughout her life and wherever she resided, Maureen was much loved. Her bright blue eyes, radiant smile, quick sense of humor, and inner strength and goodness, captured the hearts of all who met her. But even more, she listened to, and thought constantly about, others. She was kind and compassionate, clever and fun, industrious and seemingly tireless. Maureen lived fully, and lived completely in the moment – engaged in the person she was with, or the activity she always raised her hand to join. She was a caring and devoted wife, mother, and friend.
The family would like to thank the nurses and caregivers at the Good Samaritan Mountainview Village complex care in Kelowna, Maureen’s community for the last three years. We are humbled and grateful beyond words for the daily tenderness and compassion we witnessed and the words from those who loved her who came to say goodbye.
Maureen is survived by her husband Jim of 67 years, son Barry (Judy), granddaughter Jody (Mark), grandson Scott, great grandson Parker, great granddaughters Lily and Campbell, son Kevin, granddaughter Bridget, grandson Samuel, daughter Laurie, granddaughter Danielle, grandson Dylan, great granddaughter Scarlet, daughter Leigh (David), granddaughter Caroline, grandson McCoy, niece Avalene (John Valens) and cousin Mary Wallace. Predeceased by son-in-law Garth Smith.
A Memorial service will be held Monday, June 29th at 4:00 pm at Springfield Funeral Home, 2020 Springfield Rd. Kelowna, BC with Reverend Chung officiating. In Lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Shriners of BC – Transportation, 3550 WAYBURN Dr. Burnaby, BC V5G 3K9. If you wish to send a condolence, post – See more at:
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Monday, June 29, 2015 at 4:00 pm

Springfield Funeral Home

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