It is with profound sadness that we announce the unexpected passing of Annie Anderson, on November 2, 2023, while traveling with her family in Sherbrooke, Quebec, for her grandson’s graduation from Canadian Forces Leadership and Recruit School.
A cherished mother, grandmother, and friend. Annie left this world far too soon, leaving a void that can never be filled. Annie leaves behind a legacy of love, compassion, and unforgettable moments.
Annie, born in 1947, in Doaktown, New Brunswick, is the eldest of three children, to the late Archie and Greta Stewart.
Annie grew up in Blackville, New Brunswick, with brothers Leroy and John, where she quickly became known for her heart for others and infectious laughter. She formed lifelong friendships with Irene and Marie, which continued until her final days. Her life was an extraordinary journey filled with incredible experiences and selfless dedication to those she held dear.
Annie is predeceased by her husband Clifton with whom she shared a lifelong love story. It began at Harvey Camp in the summer of 1968 when she not only fell in love with Clifton but also his three-year-old son, Tom. Together, Annie and Clifton built a family rooted in faith, love, resilience, and unbreakable bonds at their home in Andersonville, NB. Having returned to school as a mature student, Annie taught her daughters how to balance a career and motherhood as she worked as a Registered Nursing Assistant at both the Charlotte County Hospital and Lincourt Manor.
She is survived by her loving children, son Thomas Anderson (Jane) of Grande Prairie, Alberta, daughters Christa Balmas (Frank) of Hermon, Maine, Rhonda Sperrey (Shawn) of Hermon, Maine, Andrea Anderson Mason (Rick) of St. George, NB., and chosen son Brian Hartford (Cindy) of St. Stephen who will always cherish her Godly wisdom, guidance, and unwavering support.
In her role as a grandmother, Annie was an absolute treasure, showering her grandchildren with affection, wisdom, and cherished memories. She celebrated their accomplishments, consoled them in times of need, and played an integral part in their lives. Her legacy will live on in Nelda, Caleb, Andrew, Brian Adam, Christina, Laura, Ryan, Rachael, Rebecca, Brandon, Chandler, Grant, and Andie. Annie dearly loved her great grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
Annie was a woman of many talents and interests. Her love for others was evident, as she cared for them. She knew when others needed to be loved. Annie accepted everyone unconditionally and gave of herself to ensure their lives were better. With a missionary heart, Annie opened her home to strangers, who soon became family. Annie had the gift of hospitality. Her home, her refrigerator, her pool, and her heart were always open. To know Annie, was to know her love. Her bread, quilts, socks, hugs, and smile filled hearts.
After her children were grown, Annie opened her home to five special needs adults and served them in every aspect of their lives. Every person who crossed her path became family. Annie worked purposefully to make people feel included and accepted; family was not limited to one’s DNA. She had a zest for life and an amazing sense of adventure which always included dear friends.
Her involvement in our faith community was unwavering. She dedicated her time to numerous ministries, making a significant impact on God’s kingdom. Her commitment had a global impact. Her kindness, generosity, and boundless empathy touched the hearts of everyone who had the privilege of knowing her.
The sudden loss of Annie leaves a void that cannot be filled, but her memory will forever shine brightly in our hearts. She leaves behind a legacy of faith in Jesus, love, compassion, and selflessness that will inspire us all to be better, to be kinder, and to cherish every moment.
A funeral service to celebrate Annie's life will be held at the Gateway Cathedral, 18 West Street, St Stephen, New Brunswick, on Tuesday, November 7, 2023, at 1 pm. The family will also receive guests on Monday, November 6, 2023 from 6-8 pm at The S.O. Mehan & Son Funeral Home Ltd., 23 Main Street St. Stephen, New Brunswick.
For those unable to attend the funeral in person, the service will be livestreamed on the Gateway Cathedral Facebook page.
In lieu of flowers, the family kindly requests donations be made to Oak Hill Christian Center in her memory, or a charity one’s choice . Condolences may be sent online to www.mehanfuneralhome.ca
As we say our final goodbyes, let us remember Annie with gratitude for the light she brought into our lives. Her spirit lives on in the hearts of those who loved her and her memory will forever be a source of comfort and inspiration.