Strauch, Annette Eliza

August 14, 1936 – May 1, 2019
at the age of 82 years

Annette passed peacefully in her sleep at Mt. Ida Mews where she spent her last two years.  Although Mom’s frail little body gave out, her mind was sharp, never loosing her sense of humour.  She met her husband Clarence and married September 5, 1953.  In 1954, they welcomed their son Brian (Betty), 1956 daughter Beverley (Rick Iglesias) and 1961 daughter Lorna (Jim Douglas).  In 1958 with two small children, they made the journey to the Chase Creek Valley where they homesteaded a quarter section of land, the valley they would never leave.   Mom was a fabulous cook, well known for her apple pies and she marvelled people with her home canning.  The coffee pot was always on and no one left the table without a homemade goodie.  She worked 25 years for Skimikin Nursery, but a dedicated “farmer’s wife” was her calling.  Dinner was always on the table and there was always an extra chair in case someone stopped by unexpectedly.  In 1965 at the tender age of 28, mom faced the challenge of breast cancer and a life-threatening operation.  She spent 3 months receiving cobalt treatments in Vancouver, but as she said, “She fought to live for her young children”.   A 54 year survivor, she was the last BC breast cancer survivor from 1965.  The word “Cancer” took its toll on mom and in later years anxiety crept in making it difficult for her to carry on.  When she lost her lifelong spouse Clarence in 2011, she never returned to the Chase Creek Valley.  She often mentioned “life was lonely” and as she spent her last 3 years in a wheelchair, she looked forward to Brian bringing “her” bus (as she would call it) to go on day excursions.  Family was her everything, but if she received a visit from anyone who would take the time to come see her, she was elated.   Survived by 3 children, 5 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren.  As requested by Mom, there will be no funeral services, her ashes be spread on the family 7 acres beside her husband.  Rest in peace mom, you are no longer in pain.  


1 Comment

  1. Dear Brian, Bev and Lorna, I just heard today of the passing of your dear mother. I am saddened to hear this as she was such a happy spirited woman and still carried dreams of walking again. I know you will all miss her very much. Our heartfelt sympathies are sent your way and know we feel your loss as well. We miss our mom’s and the emptiness somehow doesn’t get any easier. Hugs to you all.

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