Ivah Anderson, 96, of Rainycrest Home for the Aged, 550 Osborne St.,
Fort Frances, Ont., passed away at her residence Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2002.
Ivah Mildred (Strachan) Anderson was born April 3, 1906 at the home of her parents, George and Elizabeth (Barker) Strachan, in Box Alder, Ont.
She attended Box Alder School. She graduated from Success Business College in Winnipeg in 1923 and was employed for a time in Winnipeg for Colonel Ruttan, Manufacturer’s Agent.
Ivah married Axel Emil Anderson on April 6, 1929. They moved to Prairie River, Sask., where Axel was employed at a sawmill.
A son, William, was born in Prairie River but lived only two days. In
1931, they returned to Box Alder, where four more children were born.
After Axel’s death in 1939, Ivah purchased her father’s farm, ran the
farm, and raised the family.
In 1953, she moved to Fort Frances and began work at Rainycrest as
second cook, then head cook until her retirement in 1971.
Ivah was a member of the United Church, the U.C.W., and the Rebekah Lodge. She always was involved in community activities. She also enjoyed
regular meetings of the Cousin’s Club and the Birthday Club.
Ivah was a cheerful, energetic, spirited, and resourceful woman, known
for her loyalty, sense of humour, and excellent speaking and writing
ability. Family and friends were most important to her.
Ivah went to Rainycrest as a resident in 1988. During this time, her
memoirs, “Other Days Around Me,” were published and enjoyed by many people.
She was predeceased by her parents, Elizabeth and George Strachan; two step-mothers, Charlotte and Winnifred; infant son, William; husband, Axel; sisters, Ethel, Edna (Cain), and Grace (Loney); brother, William; and great-granddaughter, Sarah Mosbeck.
Ivah is survived and lovingly remembered by two sons, Alan (Inez) of Box Alder, Ont., and Eric (Janet) of North Battleford, Sask.; and two daughters, Elizabeth (Gale) Donaldson of Emo, Ont., and Marion (Ralph) Poutanen of Thunder Bay, Ont.
She also is survived by 19 grandchildren; numerous great-grandchildren; several great-great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were held Monday, Nov. 4, 2002 at 10 a.m. at Green
Funeral Home in Fort Frances. Rev. Frances Flook officiated, with interment in Box Alder Cemetery in Box Alder.
Friends visited prior to the funeral service on Monday at Green Funeral Home. The pallbearers were Ivah’s grandsons.
In memoriam donations may be made to Rainycrest Home for the Aged
Auxiliary, 550 Osborne St., Fort Frances, Ont., P9A 3T2.