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Dorothy Anning

Anning: Dorothy Grace Anning, age 94, of Swift Current, Sk passed away January 5, 2019 at Cypress Regional Hospital. A Private Family Service will take place in the spring. Dorothy is survived by her son Jack (Wennie) Anning; daughter Mavis (Barry) Peterson; Granddaughter Leslie Ann (Brad) Jensen and their children Jackson and Kale; grandson John ; sisters-in-law Pearl Duff and Arlene Duff; brothers-in-law Don Anning and Clair (Joan) Anning; Dona Cook  and Carol Goodwin (Ray’s daughters) and many nephews and nieces. She was predeceased by her husband John Anning; brothers and sisters, Charles (Lil) Duff, Margaret (Weck) Imrie, Ellen (Ellis) Leach, Stewart Duff, Don Duff and Dennis Duff; brothers-in-law, Wes (Anne) Anning, Clinton (Peggy) Anning, Ken Anning and Ben (Evelyn) Anning; sister-in-law Jean Anning and special friend Ray Scheelhaase. Dorothy was born on April 9, 1924, the fifth of seven children born to Charles and Agnes Duff and she grew up in the Elmwood Park area of Swift Current where she attended Elmwood and Swift Current Collegite Schools. From a young age she knew she wanted to be a teacher. After completing high school, she worked for her cousin during threshing season, running the binder. These wages paid for her entrance to Normal School. Her first teaching position was in the Shell Lake area, where she skated to school. She then moved to the Pasqua area, riding a horse to teach at a rural school. Dorothy often told the story of her being lost in a blizzard trying to push her horse in what she thought was the direction of home. The horse wouldn’t budge so she gave up and let the horse have the rein. It turned around and took her home. She then moved to the Simmie area, teaching at several rural schools. This was where she met her husband John Anning and they were married in 1948. After Jack and Mavis arrived she went back to teaching at the Simmie School. In 1971 they moved to Swift Current, where she taught grade one at Ashley Park School and then Fairview School. Dorothy retired in 1985. She was a true teacher and loved her career for 33 years. She had the special ability to remember her grade one students and parents even after not seeing them for years. Dorothy was a member of the Simmie Stagette Social Club, St David’s United Church, Leading CGIT groups and taught Sunday school. She was also a member of the First United Church in Swift Current where she was a life elder. She was a member of the Eastern Star and held various offices and was worthy Grand Matron in 1977.  Dorothy learned to curl in Simmie and enjoyed many years of the sport. She belonged to the Simmie Curling Club and then the Swift Current Curling Club. After she retired, she took up bowling and was very proud of her medal from the senior’s games. Other interests include reading, music and playing the organ and attending various teas. She was a very caring and supportive person and could always find humour in the situation. Dorothy was a faithful visitor to friends who were shut in. Many of our Christmas dinners were put on hold so she could run a hot plate over to someone alone and not able to get out. Dorothy loved her clothes, often saying “I bought a new outfit, probable shouldn’t have but it just fit me like a glove.” Next to clothes she loved her perfume and lipstick, always had to have both on. Nothing was as special to her as spending weekends and holidays with her granddaughter Leslie Ann. She was very proud of her. We will miss your dearly Mom but we are happy knowing you are finally home. The family would like to thank the staff of Cypress House for their care of Dorothy during her stay with them. In Dorothy’s memory, memorial donation may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation, 1738 Quebec Ave, Unit 26, Saskatoon, Sk S7K1V9. Warren’s Funeral Home in care of arrangements. For further information please call 306-773-8831 or visit our website at and express your sympathy to the family in our book of condolence.

Donations may be made to:

The Heart and Stroke Foundation of Saskatchewan
1738 Quebec Avenue, Unit 26, Saskatoon SK S7K 1V9

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