March 14, 1935 – August 16, 2017
at the age of 82 years
A Celebration of Life will be held Saturday, August 26, 11 am, at Fischer’s Funeral Services with Ann Meakes officiating.
We are saddened to announce the death of our oldest sister, Anna Rabie, (age 82), at Hillside Village on Wednesday, August 16, 2017. Anna was born on March 14, 1935 in Salmon Arm B.C., to George and Louise Rabie. Anna was predeceased in 1966 by her brother John, her father George in 1996 and mother, Louise, in 2005. Her siblings left to mourn are her brothers: Art and Allan Rabie of Salmon Arm, her sisters: Kay (Earl) Mellish of Williams Lake and Clara (Elton) Anderson of Salmon Arm.
Anna started school at the age of 5 and spent her growing up years at Balmoral and Sorrento. Following her graduation from high school in Salmon Arm, she worked in the Bank of Commerce until she was old enough to join the Air Force in 1954. Anna trained as a radio operator, one of the first women in Canada to achieve this goal, and gained marked distinction in attaining the highest standing in her class.
After spending two terms being stationed in Trenton, Ontario and Whitehorse, Yukon, Anna left the Air Force, went to business school and spent many years as a secretary in Kamloops, Vancouver and finally in Williams Lake. Before retiring, she spent many hours as a dedicated volunteer and a valued employee of the Legion in Williams Lake.
Anna was always a very creative, fun loving person. Some of her hobbies were making flower arrangements, doing needle work and making afghans. She enjoyed dancing and music and could tell a good story or two. Her pass times included reading and writing and her home was filled with books on many interesting topics.
In the year 2000, Anna moved to Salmon Arm to help care for her mother, but she, herself, was not in good health and was always trying to improve her diet and work through her pain. In Salmon Arm she joined the Spiritualist Church and made many good friends there. Being a very sociable person, she truly loved Friday mornings at the Seniors Resource Center Day Away program and Sunday mornings with her church friends.
The family wishes to give special thanks to Dr. Wood and Dr. Jones, all of the community care workers who assisted her in her home, the Kristensens for their loving care at Marion’s Cottage in Sorrento, and all of the friendly and caring staff at Hillside Village.
In leau of flowers, please donate to a charity of your choice.