It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of a very special lady—Anne Matzen. She was known to many as Auntie Anne whether you were related to her or not.
Anne died peacefully in her sleep at the age of 97 at her home in Lethbridge, Alberta.
She was born in Austria and came to Canada with her family when she was 9 years old where they lived on a farm just outside of Alberta Beach. She moved to Edmonton where she met her husband Julius. They were married for 21 years before his passing. Edmonton had remained her home until 1987 when she moved to Victoria, BC. She enjoyed living at the coast for the past 32 years. It was only recently that she moved home to Alberta and settled in Lethbridge.
Auntie Anne was greatly loved by many and will always be remembered as a kind, thoughtful and loving woman who was very independent.
She had a love and talent for gardening. Her yard was always filled with beautiful flowers and had a large vegetable plot. You could find her most days puttering in the yard and tending her plants.
Friends and family could always count on a cup of tea and homemade cookies and scones when they came for a visit.
Auntie Anne was the oldest child in her family, having three younger sisters, Mary Butcher (deceased), Betty Alexander (Lethbridge, AB) and Josie Corrado (Langley, BC). Never having children of her own, she had a special relationship with her nieces and nephews. She will be sadly missed by: Greg Curtis (Saskatoon, SK), Darrell Alexander (Lethbridge, AB), Bev Gallimore (Lethbridge, AB), Anita Stump (Salmon Arm, BC), Debbie Audet (deceased), Bonnie Nielsen (Sylvan Lake, AB), Cindy Unwin (Victoria, BC), Ray Smith (Surrey, BC), Joanne Lamont (Surrey, BC), Christine Burbank (Langley, BC) and their families.
For those of you who knew Auntie Anne, take time to sit down, have a cup of tea and think of all the great memories you have. Once you have reminisced, plant a flower in your garden for her—she would have loved that.
A Celebration of her Life will be held at 12:00pm, on Monday, June 3, 2019, at THE LETHBRIDGE COUNTRY CLUB, 101 Country Club Road, Lethbridge, Alberta.
She will be laid to rest in Edmonton alongside her husband Julius.