Ann Elizabeth Read

February 22nd, 2021

It is with heavy hearts that we mourn the loss of Ann Elizabeth Read (Morrison).  Ann passed away peacefully on February 22, 2021 with her family by her side. 

Ann was born on April 5, 1935 in Melbourne, Australia.  The oldest of five children, she had a special bond with her youngest sibling and only brother Ken, that endured over the many years and miles they were apart.  

Ann married Clifford John Read in 1957, and in 1969 they moved from Australia to Canada, settling in Trail, BC.  Ann was the mother of four girls, doting Nana of 9, and great-grandma of 3.  She was an accomplished seamstress and knitter, and a lover of babies (the “baby whisperer”), books and music.  She was the beloved nanny for many years to the Hillier and Ravestein families.  

Ann loved music and singing.  She was so proud of both her Dad’s ability to play all instruments as the Director of a marching band and her Mom’s beautiful singing voice.  She was self-taught on the piano, further educating herself with lessons as an adult, and prioritized music lessons for her girls, going without to make sure there was money for lessons or a new violin.  She cherished her Yamaha piano.  She loved fashion as well, and worked in custom clothing on Little Collins Street in Melbourne, and was also active in youth church groups and in the Baptist Church.  

Ann had a knack for fixing things, in another time and era she may have been an engineer or an electrician like her Dad, and she was very coordinated.  Her daughters will recall that when she was pushed to join them in tennis or a softball game, she would surprise them with the balls she would hit and the quick catches she would make.  She was also a good artist, fostering a love of drawing in Rae.

She was predeceased by her parents, Ken and Adele (Dolly) Morrison, and sisters Carol and Margaret, and is survived by her husband of 64 years Cliff, sister Phyllis (Peter) in Queensland, brother Ken (Leanne) in Melbourne, numerous nephews and nieces and close girlfriends in Australia, and daughters Cristine, Raelene (Roger), Sandra, and Allison (Grant), and grandchildren Nick (Marylin), Bryce (Paula), Eric, Adam, Allie, Meg, Izzy, Dan and Chris, and great-grandchildren Noah, Zave and Arabella.

We would like to thank the RNs, LPNs, Care Aides and all staff at Rosewood Village that were directly involved with our mother’s care for their compassion.

Mom, we will miss you every day – your kindness, compassion, humour, caring, strength and wisdom.  We carry you in our hearts forever.

Due to Covid restrictions, a private family service will be held. Al Grywacheski of Alternatives Funeral and Cremation Services™ has been entrusted with arrangements.

You are invited to leave a personal message of condolence.

 

 

Messages:

Dear Cliff-- We were so very sorry to hear of your wife's death. Life has not been easy for you in recent years, but we know how devoted to her you were. Please know that we are keeping you and your family in our thoughts and prayers at this trying time. Margie and Kay

We are so very sad to hear of Ann’s passing. She was such a kind, gentle soul. We met up with her at Rosewood while visiting a relative there. She still had that big beautiful smile and sunny disposition. I know you have many lovely memories to keep her forever in your hearts. Sincere condolences.

Dear Mr. Read, Sandra, and Family: We were very sorry to learn about the loss of Mrs. Read. I will always remember her as a kind, gentle, and welcoming woman who truly loved her family, and who made delicious Lamingtons and "flummery". She was a truly great lady, and we hope that you will be comforted by the many wonderful memories that you have of her. Carol Ann and Mike Foyle and Family

It is with fondness that I remember Ann from our days at Sunningdale School. Cliff, Chris, Rae, Sandra, Allison: I'm thinking of you with sympathy and sending a wish for comfort.

Such a sweet, giving and lovely soul. I’m so sorry for the sadness and grief this loss brings to you all, especially my cherished friends Sandra, Adam, Allie and Meg. xoxo My genuine condolences to Alison, Rae, Christine and their families. Your mom was beautiful.

Our condolences to the Read Families. So many great memories when you moved in next door to my Family. Your Mom was always so kind, patient and loving to everyone in the neighborhood

Cliff, my deepest sympathies to you and your family, at the loss of such a kind and gentle person.

To the Reid girls, I am sorry for your loss. So relieved that your mom is now in a better place. She was a kind gentle person, I admired her very much. It was a joy to share grandchildren with her.

Rae, Nick, Bryce and Eric, my deepest sympathies. Thinking of you

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