Mabel Clara (Rogers) Anderson

ANDERSON, Mabel Clara (Rogers)

Mabel Clara Anderson was born on December 4, 1907, at Coal Creek, B.C., the eldest of four children.

Mabel passed away just twelve days after her 98th birthday on December 16, 2005 at Trillium Lodge, Parksville, B.C.

Mabel spent her childhood at Fernie and, then, moved to Victoria where she enrolled at Normal School, later teaching at Roosville, B.C. She met Cecil, her husband-to-be in the Peace River Country where she had taken a teaching post. They were married on April 2nd, 1929. Two sons were born to them, Larry and Clark. Mabel and Cecil lived in many places throughout their marriage and eventually retired to Vancouver Island to be near family. Cecil passed away on May 20, 1978. Mabel them moved to Parksville where she spent many happy years.

Mabel Clara Anderson was a woman of faith. She always sought out the Anglican Church wherever she moved, serving on the Alter Guild and the ACW. She had a well-thumbed Bible and prayed every day for each member of her family. Aside from this, her passions were family, friends, painting and walking. Her feistiness and sense of humour were trademarks of her personality.

She was predeceased by her husband, Cecil, and by her two sons, Larry and Clark, her infant granddaughter Jennifer Jill, her infant brother, Gordon, and her sisters Nell and Rachel. Mabel is survived by her grandchildren Kevin (Cathy), Gregory and Mark, Deborah (Kenneth) Simmonds and Lindsay Ribeyre (Angie Brown), Darian and (Glen) Ribeyre-Barrow, Jamie Anderson, Courtney and Staffany Schluessel and her daughter-in-law Lind Anderson. She is also survived by her beloved nieces, Sharon Eastwood, Paulette Smith, Linda Boardman and Carol Gregg, and her dear nephew, Roger Powell.

A Memorial Service will be held at St. Edmund’s Anglican Church in Parksville at one o’clock on Saturday, February 4, 2006 with burial to take place later in Moose Jaw during the summer of 2006.

Special thanks to Dr. John Atherstone and the staff at Trillium Lodge who have so faithfully seen to her care. Also, many thanks to the Rev. Andrew Twiddy for his kind help.

If desired, donations may be made to the Canadian Diabetic Association at 255-2000 Island Highway North, Nanaimo, B.C. V9S 3V5, or to St. Edmund’s/St. Anne’s Anglican Church, Parksville, for their music program.