With great sadness and hearts full of love, the family of Anne Patricia Atkinson announce her sudden passing in her Lethbridge home at the age of 92. Anne was born on February 22, 1927 in Lethbridge, Alberta and joined her predeceased husband Gordon Franklin Atkinson, in heaven on June 10, 2019.
A native of Southern Alberta, she was raised in Hardieville and in 1948 married Gordon. She and Gordon took over his father’s farm and that is where they raised their 5 children. She also worked as a dedicated and skilled nurse at the Claresholm Care Centre until her retirement. Her true passions were flowers and gardening, and year after year her beautiful, award winning yard boasted her efforts. Her summer yard was always filled with an array of colorful flowers, bird baths, and birdseed.
She was a true nurturer and caretaker, who loved to feed the constant flow of visitors she had in her home. No one ever left Anne’s house hungry, nor did they ever taste a pie, butter tart, cinnamon roll, or cabbage roll as delicious as hers. She spoiled her family and friends with her amazing baking, but also with her keen ability to make everyone that entered her life feel tremendously special and loved. Her genuine personality made making friends with her easy and natural, and everyone loved to be in Anne’s presence. She was thoughtful, kind and generous beyond words. Anne will be remembered as being spirited and playful and was adored by all that knew her. She defined the words mother, grandmother and friend.
Anne lives on in the hearts of her family. Her children Connie Hubka, David (Linda Seely) Atkinson, Dennis (Dorothy) Atkinson, Bill (Carol) Atkinson, Tim (Arlene) Atkinson; sister Beatrice (Max) Muff; sisters-in-law Marion Irving and Anita Atkinson; brother-in-law Keith Atkinson; grandchildren Ian (Bev) Godfrey, Darren (Sally Storch) Hubka, Todd (Marci Guizzo) Hubka, Kelly (Brian) Tibbets, Denise (Dave Moncada) Atkinson, Derrick (Kathy Nelson) Atkinson, Kelsey (Jeff Gardener) Atkinson, Cody (Andrea Witiaz) Atkinson, Scott (Mikey) Atkinson, Meaghan (Jason) Cenaiko, Ryan (Karla) Takasaki, Darren (Daelynn) Takasaki, Kevin Takasaki; numerous great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandson and many, many beloved and dear friends.
Besides her loving husband of 65 years Gordon, Anne was predeceased by her son-in-law David Hubka and sister Rose Gullickson.
Anne’s family would be honored by your presence to celebrate her life at 2:00pm on Thursday, June 20, 2019 at the SANDMAN SIGNATURE HOTEL AND CONFERENCE CENTRE (Formerly Lethbridge Lodge), 320 Scenic Drive South, Lethbridge, Alberta, with Reverend Glenda Wert, officiating. For those unable to attend, live-streaming of the service will be available at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1HMDethXA_E
No matter where she served her guests, they seemed to like her kitchen best.