May 10, 1922 – July 14, 2020
Anne Lindsay passed away peacefully, at her home in Red Deer, after a long life well-lived.
Anne will be missed by her husband, Colonel (Retired) James Douglas “Doug” Lindsay, and her sons: Graham (Terry) of Bedford, NS, and Michael (Purnima) of Red Deer. She will also be missed by five granddaughters, three grandsons, five great granddaughters and nine great grandsons.
She was predeceased by her parents, Major (Retired) Otis Goodwin Whelen and Bessie Gardner, her sister Mary Beeman (Jack) and her son, Robert Lindsay.
Born and raised in Ottawa, Anne was a graduate of Lisgar Collegiate Institute. In 1941 she enlisted in the Canadian Women’s Army Corps as a dental technician and attained the rank of Sergeant. In 1945, upon his return to Canada from overseas duty, she married Flight-Lieutenant Doug Lindsay, a fighter pilot and eventual career member of the Royal Canadian Air Force. Over the years of Doug’s military service they lived in Edmonton, Bagotville, Toronto, North Bay, North Luffenham (England), Metz (France), Washington DC, and Tacoma WA, as well as in Ottawa on four separate occasions. Throughout most of that period Anne was busy raising their three sons, while also managing the turmoil from their periodic relocations and fulfilling the social obligations expected of the wife of a senior military officer. However, she also managed to find time to work as a Welcome Wagon host, greeting newcomers to the rapidly growing city of Kanata, on the outskirts of Ottawa.
In 1972, following Doug’s retirement from the military, they started their second working careers with the Canadian Tire Corporation in its westward expansion. They successively owned stores in Thompson, Saskatoon, Moose Jaw, and Red Deer – their final store – before their second career retirements in 1992. Anne was very involved as a partner in the family business, with both bookkeeping and staff training responsibilities. Both Anne and Doug liked to travel and did so extensively. For a number of years they maintained a winter/golf residence in Rio Verde, outside of Pheonix, AZ.
Anne was an active community volunteer, as well as an avid bridge player. She was a founding member of the Red Deer branch of the PEO Sisterhood and was very supportive of its efforts to advance women through education. Her PEO sisters saw her as the type of woman who set an example for the women of generations to come.Obituary
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