Dec. 15, 1924 – Dec. 5, 2011

It is with great sadness that the family of Blanche Ancion announces her passing on Monday December 5, 2011 at the age of 87 in the Nanaimo Regional General Hospital. Blanche was predeceased by her parents Joseph and Blanche Roxanne Ancion (nee Gragg), sister Grace Ancion, brother Nicholas (Ella) Ancion and niece Joyce Ancion. She is survived by three sisters; Josephine Jones (Phoenix, Arizona), Marie Geldreich (Qualicum Beach, BC), Anna Boux-Davies (Winnipeg, MB), nieces and nephews; Arlene (Art) Sali, Sharryl (Helmut) Schwarz, John (Anne) Boux, Robert Boux, Paul (Jenny) Boux, Brian (Carmen) Boux, Joan (Doug) Teed and all their children, cousins; Nicholas (Peggy) Taylor, Jean Sayer, Lawrence Taylor, Laura Hamilton, Margaret Harris as well as many friends.

Blanche first worked as a teacher in southern Alberta. After a few years she trained in Winnipeg, MB as a lab technician. She worked at a clinic in Calgary, AB and later, for many years, she worked at the Swedish Hospital in Seattle, WA USA where she retired from in 1989. Blanche has since lived in Parksville, BC. Blanche had a passion for snow skiing and she and her cousins and friends skied Banff, Whistler and many ski resorts in the USA. She also loved to travel, going to Hawaii and three times to Europe where she maintained contact with relatives from Belgium. She enjoyed a good discussion about sports, news and politics.

We wish to sincerely thank Dr. Kevin Martin, Dr. McIntyre, Dr. Johnston, Br. Broome, Dr. Burnett and staff, Evaleen (CNIB representative) & Susan Alexander at Emerald Estates, Parksville. We also thank the doctors & staff on the 4th & 5th floors of the NRGH for their excellent care & support.

A Funeral Service will be held at the Church of the Ascension, 887 Wembley Rd Parksville on Thursday, December 15, 2011 at 11:15AM with Father Bayron officiating.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the CNIB (Macular Degeneration Dept), 2340 Richmond Rd Victoria, BC V8R 4R9.

YATES FUNERAL SERVICE & CREMATORIUM (250-248-5859) in care of arrangements.

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