Wilbee, Anne (Nee Rae)

February 6, 1934 – February 13, 2020
at the age of 86 years

Services will be held at the Salmon Arm Community Church on March 7th, 2020 at 2:00 PM
as well as at South Delta Baptist Church on March 27th, 2020 at 1:00 PM. 

It is with grief and great joy that we announce the passing of our wife and mother, Anne Wilbee (nee Rae) on February 13, 2020.  Anne is survived by her husband of 64 years Stan, sister Patricia, children Carolyn, Douglas (Karla), Patty, Bruce (Dianne) and numerous, greatly loved grandchildren and great-grandchildren.  She is predeceased by our daughter and sister, Christine. 
Born February 6, 1934 in San Francisco, California to John T and Eleanor Rae, Anne attended several schools after the family’s return to Canada.  She excelled in swimming where she was scouted for the Olympics, badminton where she won several trophies and singing, which she continued throughout her life.  Her powerful voice was a gift from God and she used it with great joy.
After her graduation from high school Anne entered nurses training at St. Paul’s Hospital in Vancouver B.C. while the rest of her family moved to Hawaii to begin their missionary work there.  After graduation from St. Paul’s in 1956, she married Stan Wilbee on October 12, 1956.  Anne supported the family while Stan completed his training in medical school.  After Stan’s graduation the family moved to Tsawwassen where Stan was the first doctor and Anne raised their family of (eventually) 5 children.  In 1997 Stan and Anne moved to White Lake in the Shuswap to enjoy retirement and in 2017 moved into Salmon Arm. 
She was always an active member of the church and the community.  She volunteered and taught, spoke of and actively pursued knowledge of the Christian faith.  She never willingly stopped learning in any aspect of life.   She was a respected and consistent role model for many of the women in her life.  She was always ready with words of encouragement and support and she assisted many people through trying times in their lives.  Anne joyfully exercised her exceptional hosting talents and her ability to make people comfortable and welcome.  She loved gatherings of any kind and was a delight to involve in discussions of faith or life in general.  She was a staunch and fierce prayer warrior.
She was greatly loved and greatly respected and will be greatly missed.
Services will be held at the Salmon Arm Community Church on March 7th, 2020 at 2:00 PM as well as at South Delta Baptist Church on March 27th, 2020 at 1:00 PM. 
Donations to the Heart and Stroke Foundation in lieu of flowers would be appreciated.

15 Comments

  1. Dear Stan and Family. My most sincere condolences to you and the family at this difficult time. As a woman of faith, we know that her future is bright, but the pain of your loss is not diminished in any way. God Bless. Yvonne Jones-Teel

  2. Dear Stan,
    Its with a sad heart to hear of Anne’s passing.
    Our condolences to you and your family. Peace to you.
    Sue and Steve.

  3. Dear Stan and Family,

    It is so saddening to read of Anne’s passing and I pray your faith leaves you with the sure knowledge that she will rest happily and peacefully, knowing her life was filled with goodness, family and friends.

  4. Dear Dr. Wilbee and family,

    My deepest condolences on the loss of your gracious wife and mother. I hope your wonderful memories with help you in this time of grief.

    Sincerely,

    June (Metcalfe) Morin

  5. Dear Stan, it was with shock and grief that we learned of Anne going home. She was my dearest friend; I can hardly take it in. She was a unique and lovely woman. How much you miss her, we can only guess. We have so many happy memories. May The Lord comfort and bless you.

  6. Stan and all the family, Anne was absolutely wonderful. Would have been lovely to see her again. I have memories as a young person in Tsawwassen. Condolences to the entire family and I hope to be able to come to the South Delta Baptist memorial. Audrey Martin

  7. My thoughts and prayers are with you, Stan, as you suffer the loss of your soul-mate, and with the whole family. Anne was my very special friend in nurses’ training at St. Paul’s and we kept in touch over the years.
    Joyce Schroeder MacQueen

  8. Dear Stan and Family ,we the Froese / Morgan / Duval family are sending our deepest sympathy to you all! We were saddened for all of you to have to say goodbye to Anne but rejoiced knowing she is in the arms of Jesus ..No more pain, no suffering ,no more sorrow..
    Anne impacted many of our lives growing up and we can still hear her beautiful sweet voice in conversation or in Song ! The loving softness of her spirit touched many of us and she has had a lasting effect on so many who knew her ! My mom Irene loved her dearly and has missed her company after she aged and were miles apart ! She has never forgotten their dear friendship of years ago ,as so many others ..We as a family know how much you are and will miss her ,we will be praying for all of you ! God bless …

  9. Dear Stan and Family,

    Our Sincere condolences, in the loss of your Wife and Mother. Anne always drop by to visit at

    Farmers Market in Salmon Arm. Although I did not know her that well, I know good people when I meet them, and

    talk to them. She was a lovey, kind, and gentle person, such a great loss, our hearts goes out to you in this time of

    sadness. Susan and Bruce Whitehead — White Lake

  10. Dear Stan and family, our empathy for you and all the family is deep and heartfelt.
    Our wonderful friend Anne emulated for us “the Wife of Nobel Character” spoken of in Proverbs 31. And oh how we will miss her bright smile and diligent prayers for the church family and loved ones.
    May God in his mercy grant you and the family, peace and comfort during this time.
    Stan and Liz Weleschuk

  11. Dear Stan and family. We are saddened at your great loss of your dear wife and mother. As our doctor, Stan, you were much loved and appreciated and my girls were school mates of your children at English Bluff. I am sure Anne is looking down upon you all as she rests in peace in the arms of her saviour, Jesus. May your faith bring you comfort.

    Carol, Kelly and Shannon Brett

  12. Dear Stan, I just returned from the Island and read the Optimist. I am thinking of you during this sad time and praying you are coping well. My heart goes out to you and your family .

  13. Dear Stan and Family,

    My love and condolences reach out to all of you at this time. Anne was such a spiritual, spritely, caring and overall lovely person. I know she will be so missed. I recall many happy memories during those early years.

    Much Love – Cousin Valerie

  14. Anne’s vibrant smile and enthusiasm will be missed!
    May Jesus and so many pleasant memories be your comfort, Stan and family.

  15. Dear Stan and family,
    We are very sad to hear of your great loss. Anne was certainly a bright light in our communities of Tsawwassen and Ladner. She showed forth Jesus when she spoke in our women’s groups and sang and encouraged us in our awakened faith to follow Him. I will always remember her singing courageously at her daughter’s funeral…”His Name is Wonderful ………Jesus My LORD!”I thank God for her life here on earth, even in the briefest of encounters.

    In Sympathy,
    Samuel and Patricia Bau

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