Anne Duncan, beloved wife of John Duncan, passed away peacefully on July 23, 2014 in the Innisfail Hospital at the age of 91 years. When Anne lost her private battle to leukemia, she was surrounded by loved ones. John and Anne farmed west of Innisfail for over 50 years, moving into a beautiful condo in Innisfail in the summer of 2011. John is currently living in the Sunset Manor in Innisfail. Anne was born in 1923 in Morpeth, England. She was the oldest daughter of James and Minnie Wight. The family moved to Canada when she was three years old – first to Alix and then to Red Deer where Anne completed her schooling. As an outgoing and vivacious young woman, Anne loved to curl and golf. She worked as a receptionist at the Snell Optometry Clinic for nearly 20 years. Even as a young woman, Anne loved to travel. She and a group of young girlfriends toured Europe together. Anne met John through mutual friends; they married on November 11, 1961 in the chapel of the Gaetz Memorial United Church. They moved onto family land to farm and quickly became an integral part of the little Red Deer District. Anne and John were happily married just short of 53 years. They were a busy couple – always looking for an adventure. Together they enjoyed downhill skiing, curling and golfing. The two of them were active members of the Spruce View Square Dance Club and Circle Chase in Innisfail. They square danced all over Alberta-even going as far as Phoenix, Arizona to dance. They loved to travel! Their many travels included trips to: Europe with extra time spent in England; China, where they walked the Great Wall; an Alaskan Cruise; Australia; New Zealand; and an unforgettable bus tour of the Maritime Provinces. Anne was a member of the Little Red Deer Dorcas WI. She loved to garden. Her mammoth vegetable gardens and flower gardens were the envy of many. Anne was a very accomplished seamstress. Every single one of her 100+ square dance dresses (with some matching ties and shirts for John!) were sewn by herself. Up to the very end, Anne loved to bake and was an exceptional hostess. She would set out a lovely tea cloth and her Royal Albert china to serve the delicious baking that she always had on hand. Anne was an outgoing and cheerful presence at all gatherings. She loved to talk and would be the first to make someone feel special. Her baking was especially renowned at Faye’s “Camp Grandma.” Auntie Anne would treat her great nieces and nephews with TUBS of amazing cookies… and to their delight; she insisted that there was no cookie limit! Anne is survived by her loving husband John; her sister Grace Koss; sister in laws Mary Duncan and Elizabeth Anderson and numerous nieces, nephews and their families. She was predeceased by her parents James and Minnie Wight and her brother Matt Wight. In Anne’s memory and in lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Innisfail United Church or to the Innisfail Hospital. Funeral services for Anne Duncan will be held in the Innisfail United Church on Tuesday, July 29, 2014 at 2:00pm. A private family interment to follow at the Innisfail Cemetery.
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