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BRITTAIN, Anna (nee Capostinsky)

November 7, 1915 – Granada, AB
January 4, 2014 – Calgary, AB

Anna Brittain (nee Capostinsky) was born November 7, 1915 on her parents homestead in Granada, Alberta. She passed away January 4, 2014 at the Mayfair Care Centre in Calgary, Alberta.

Anna will be forever missed by her loving family: three daughters, Mary of Calgary, Alice (Ross) of Flin Flon, Manitoba and Jo Ann (Harold) of Calgary; eight grandchildren, Jerry, Doug, Barbara, Sheila, Julie, Stewart, Corinne and Kent; fifteen great-grandchildren, Jason, Robert, Bradley, Carla, Calvin, Dustin, Jason, Stephanie, Nicole, Jeremiah, Joseph, Jessica, Julia, Devon and Sophia; and her four great-great-grandchildren, Xavier, Soren, Micah and Max; also her surviving sibling, Eva in Clearwater, BC; plus numerous nieces, nephews and friends. She was predeceased by her husband Howard Brittain in 1994, and grandsons Kevin Bonham (1973) and John Hillier (2007).

Anna grew up in a family of sixteen brothers and sisters. At an early age, she started working as a camp cook for her brothers. Her life experiences took her many places. She married Howard Brittain in 1966, residing in Delburne, Alberta. After Howard passed away she moved to Calgary to live with her daughters until she was transitioned to the Mayfair Care Centre in April 2009. Anna’s strong will and sense of humor will always be remembered. A big “Thank You” to all the staff at the Mayfair for their care and support. Cremation will be handled by McInnis and Holloway in Calgary and a celebration of life will take place in the summer of 2014. Donations can be made to the Alzheimer’s Society of Calgary.

In living memory of Anna Brittain, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Fish Creek Chapel, 14441 BANNISTER ROAD S.E. Telephone: (403) 256-9575.

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  1. To JoAnn and Harold, Mary, and Alice and Ross
    I am sorry to hear about Aunt Anne. Marlene let me know via email as I am in New York seeing Nicole, Steve and Jake and Cole. We all wish you to remember all the great times as we do.
    I remember when Tom and I and kids stop in to see Anne and Harold for a short visit. We didn’t leave for 3 days. They took us to Drumheller to see the dinosaur bones. See also fed us the biggest halibut dinner I have ever eaten. My girls still remember driving down the road as Anne was complaining how Harold was driving. We had such a great time. I hope you all enjoy this memory of your Mother.
    Love from all of us. Lynda, Stacey & Paul, Nicole, Steve, Jake and Cole.

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  2. Donnie and Norma Bonham :

    Dear JoAnn and family members – Thank you for sending us the link to read the notice for your wonderful mom. Our deepest sympathy to you all at this sad time. She was an amazing lady with a keen sense of humor and a strong work ethic.

    We would send you a written card if we knew what address to send it to.

    Sincerely from Donnie and Norma and families

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  3. Donnie and Norma Bonham :

    Dear JoAnn and family members – thank you for sending us the link to read the sad notice regarding the loss of your mom. Our deepest sympathy to you all at this sad time. She was an amazing lady with a keen sense of humor and a strong work ethic. If I had a mailing address I would like to send you a card. Sincerely from Donnie and Norma and families

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  4. Dear Mary,

    My sincerest condolences to you and your family.
    May you find comfort and strength in our Lord, Jesus in times of need and sorrow.
    May our faithful Lord be with you, and yours, and give you rest when you may be weary.
    May you and your family be blessed with God’s grace and give you peace in your hearts.

    Blessings,
    Jenny Chok

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  5. To the family of Anna; I met your mother a few years ago through Mary. She was feisty and funny and I enjoyed her company. She had a quick wit and was someone I remember. I am sorry to hear of her passing and know that she will be missed by you all. May the comfort of God’s peace be with you all at this time and that you remember her strength of character and her joy of life.

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  6. Doug and Fee Forbes :

    Our sincerest condolences on your loss, from all the Forbes family.

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  7. Bette and Dennis Shaw :

    Dearest Jo Ann and Harold, Mary and Ann and Ross

    Please know that we are very sorry for the loss of your mom. We never did meet her but felt we did. I believe she was a fisty lady who did most things in life her way even to her last days….Love to each of you and your families.

    Dennis and Bette Shaw

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  8. Pat and Shaun Connor :

    To JoAnn and family:
    So sorry to hear about the loss of your mom and grandmother. Though these are sad times, I am sure that the community of family and friends who share fond memories of Anne with you will bring some comfort and peace to your hearts. May your fond and loving memories remain with you always.
    Love, Pat and Shaun

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  9. Jo-Anne Coutts :

    JoAnn, Harold and Family

    We would like to pass on our condolences to you and your family. I’m sure that your mom took comfort in having you there, and although we are miles apart, we want to pass on our sincere sympathy to you all.
    We will talk later in the spring with you, but know that we think of you,
    Take care,
    Aunt Kaye & Uncle Murray Coutts
    Jo-Anne & Doug Coutts
    David Coutts

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  10. To JoAnn and Harold, Mary, and Alice and Ross and grandchildren of Anna,
    When I think of Anna I smile, she was an amazing person, her happiness and leading example of how life should be lived. Memories we all have of her will be treasured forever in a special place in our hearts.

    Forever and Always
    Bob Nancy and family

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