April 30, 1930 – November 26, 2017
at the age of 87 years
Our mom might come back to slap the side of our heads for mentioning her first and not loved name! Maxi the taxi etc. We think it’s perfect, unique and lovely, just like our mom.
Ann was born on April 30, 1930 to Leslie Hinchsliff and Mae LaBorde in North Battleford Saskatchewan, and left us on November 26, 2017.
An only child, her close relations and immediate family meant everything to her. Her final words to us were clear, take care of your siblings, be loving and generous, you should not take for granted what you have! These last few years, Mom was constantly worried about us, or how she was becoming a pain to her family, which simply wasn’t the case. She always tried to lift her spirits when we were present and even on the darkest days, her wonderful smile shone on through.
In the early years, mom was in charge, and was our main support, since our dad worked 6 days a week. We are sure her strength came from the fact that not only was she an only child, but her father was gone from 1939 to 1946, and she had to support her mom, as well as be supported. Fortunately, her grandparents lived in North Battleford also, so that helped. She had many stories to tell about how she would try to sneak in or out of the house, or move an object around, when her grandfather who was blind was sitting in his chair! She said she never did succeed, and he would scold, “Annie, what do you think you are doing!”
After high school, Ann took training in psychiatric nursing and worked in North Battleford. Every time we drove near the Battle River, she would tell us how the staff and patients would wade in the water to try to catch sturgeon, which caused many a calamity! She married Bob Jaeger in 1951, and the family came shortly after, Rick in 52, Dean in 55, Jana in 57 (on Dean’s Birthday!) , (there was a story about castor oil and a cake hiding there!), and Gregg in 1965. Ann and Bob formed many lifelong friendships in North Battleford that stand the test of time, and remind us what is really important during our stay on this earth.
After North Battleford came stays in Calgary, North Delta, Victoria and finally, their favorite part of the world, the Shuswap, Blind Bay and Salmon Arm. Ann really enjoyed the “Red Hatters”, Bridge, Dragon boat rowing, and Grandmothers to Grandmothers. Mom loved boating and camping all over B.C., at the coast and interior; and travelling to various parts of Canada and the U.S. Some of the highlights in her travels was a trip to England and Ireland with Jana in 2010, Portugal with dad, and across Canada by train with Dodie.
We will miss her on the deck of the cabin in Scotch Creek. We will also miss her positive attitude, stories of old – our only connection to our past, beautiful smile, lemon tarts, flapper pie (the fight was on), generosity and loving support.
Ann is survived by her four children, Rick (Patty), Dean (Shelly-ann), Jana, Gregg (Christine), grandchildren- Jenni-lynn (Randy), Julie (Derek), Devon, Tamra (Brad), Tyrel (Saskia), Cody (Kayla), Brittany, Becky and Emily and great grandchildren Austin and Hayley.
Ann’s family would like to express our thanks to Dr. Heuniss, “Annie’s favorite”, and all of the staff at Shuswap Lodge, you know who you are! Ann was very happy and comfortable with you, and she definitely did not want to leave. Thankyou to Eve for your kindness and support, and finally, a big hug to Dodie Anderson from all of the Jaeger’s.
A private family service will be held in Scotch Creek in the spring, to fulfill Ann’s final wishes. Please consider donations to women’s shelters, or the Alzheimer and Parkinson Societies.