Anne (Annie) Connolly 1944 — 2021

Anne (Annie) Connolly

It is with heartfelt sadness that we announce the passing of Anne Connolly who died peacefully in Royal Inland Hospital on May 17, 2021 aged 77 years. She is remembered with love by her partner Gabriel Connolly, daughter Connie Connolly (Ireland), son Corey Andersen (Kamloops), step daughter Lisa Connolly (Kamloops), step son Dave Connolly (Calgary), daughters-in-law Lynne and Trish, son-in-law Eddy and grandchildren Evan (Natalia), Jonathan, Abby, Brady, Ryder, Joshua, Brandon, Taylor and Davey Jr. Anne was predeceased by her parents Abram and Marie Kehler, husband Rick Andersen and son-in-law Dermot Connolly.

Anne was born in Langevin District (Altona) Manitoba January 25, 1944. Anne moved to Kamloops in 1971 with her husband Rick Andersen and owned and operated Thompson Drywall and Enderby Hockey School. Rick and Anne were lifelong supporters of hockey in Kamloops and hosted billets from the Kamloops Rockets and Chiefs for many years. Anne was a lady of deep faith who worked tirelessly as a hairdresser in salons and later in the homes of her clients as well as being a very talented baker and seamstress. Anne maintained her links with her many cousins in Altona Manitoba and never forgot her Mennonite values and traditions. In recent times, Anne and Gabriel enjoyed retirement and spending time with their many friends and proudly following the activities of their grandchildren in Ireland and Canada.

Anne will be dearly missed by her immediate family, cousins Anne (Bob) Doerksen (Altona), Albert (Bonnie) Penner (West St. Paul, Manitoba) and her extended family circle in Kamloops, B.C., Altona, Manitoba and Ireland.

Invitations to Anne’s graveside ceremony on Thursday May 27, 2021 will be limited due to Covid-19 restrictions. A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date. Donations to Y Women’s Emergency Shelter, 400 Battle Street, Kamloops, V2C 2L7 are requested in lieu of flowers.

The Connolly and Andersen families would like to thank the staff in RIH Emergency Department for their care and dignity provided to both Anne and her family during her sudden and final illness.

God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change,

the courage to change the things I can,

and the wisdom to know the difference.

Safe in the arms of Jesus.

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7 Tributes

  1. Teresa &Colman Byrne
    Posted May 25, 2021 at 3:41 pm | Permalink

    Our Deepest Sympathy and Caring Thoughts To Gabriel And Family Circle
    May Anne Rest In Peace

  2. John McGinn
    Posted May 26, 2021 at 1:52 am | Permalink

    Rest in peace Anne.

    Love to all in Kamloops

    John, Catherine, Bríd & Erin

  3. Martin Óg & Julie
    Posted May 26, 2021 at 1:58 am | Permalink

    Deepest condolences to Connie, Corey, Gabriel and the entire family. May she rest in peace.

  4. Kim Blight (Cook)
    Posted May 26, 2021 at 10:47 am | Permalink

    As you dance with the Angels and Mr. A, please know how much you are already missed. You were my 2nd Mom, and you taught me so much, and gave me so many great memories. From having my own personal hairdresser growing up, a garden full of cucumbers to eat daily, and the many camping trips, the great adventures going to Vancouver to see “The Boys” play in the NHL, to our weekly home made bread, buns and cinnamon buns, and taking me to church. You were always there for me, and I am forever blessed to have been so lucky to live next door. With a lifetime of memories, I thank you for being such a big part of my life. I love you now and forever

  5. Julie Threinen
    Posted May 26, 2021 at 6:16 pm | Permalink

    Deepest condolences to Gabe and family. Anne was such a lovely and caring woman. She will be greatly missed for her ready smile and caring heart. Prayers and love to you all.

  6. Cindy Stewart
    Posted May 27, 2021 at 10:01 am | Permalink

    Please accept my most sincere condolences on the passing of Anne. I was shocked to hear she had passed away. May the memories you have help you through this difficult time.
    Sending you hugs Gabe.

    Cindy Stewart

  7. Synde Drover
    Posted June 15, 2021 at 8:50 am | Permalink

    My deepest heart felt sympathy to you and your Family Gabe. Thank you Ann for the honor of meeting you upon arriving in Kamloops. You always have a way of saying just the right thing to make me think. Blessed to have known you. Fly with angels and be free my friend

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