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DOWSE, Ann Stiven

August 28, 1935 – Cork, Ireland
May 9, 2018 – Calgary, Alberta

Ann, beloved wife, mother, sister, aunt, grandmother and friend, passed away on May 9, 2018 at the age of 82 years.

Born in Ireland in 1935, Ann was the eldest of four children (two brothers and one sister). Ann immigrated to Canada in 1964. Through her life, she lived in various cities including Cork, Limerick and Dublin, Ireland; Toronto, London and Calgary, Canada; Knowl Hill and Maidenhead, England; Addis Ababa, Ethiopia; and Manila, Philippines. Ann was an avid traveller, having visited over fifty countries during her life.

Ann worked as an executive secretary in Ireland, Canada and Ethiopia before having her children and becoming a full-time mother. In the late 1980s Ann went back to school, and she achieved a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from the University of Calgary in 1992.

Ann loved camping in their trailer in the mountains and visits to the ocean. Ann also loved books and was an avid reader. She was a member of McDougall United Church in Calgary, and had been an active volunteer in Calgary, including as a pioneering volunteer with the Food Bank as well as with Meals on Wheels.

Besides her loving husband Brian, Ann is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Susan Dowse and Bryan Valiquette; son and daughter-in-law, Michael Dowse and Jennifer Wilson; her four grandchildren, Wilson and Charlotte Dowse and Isabelle and Sophie Valiquette; and her sister and brother-in-law, Margaret and Fraser Pelley. Ann was predeceased by her son Alan Dowse; her siblings, William Gibson and John Gibson; and her parents Molly and Stiven Gibson. Ann will also be lovingly remembered by her many nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends across the globe.

A Celebration of Life will be held in honour of Ann on Saturday October 13, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. at McDougall United Church in Calgary (8516 Athabasca St SE, Calgary, AB). The service is to start at 11:00 a.m. with a light lunch to follow. Friends and family of Ann are warmly welcomed to join the celebration.

In living memory of Ann Dowse, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Fish Creek, 14441 Bannister Road S.E., Calgary, AB, T2X 3J3, Telephone: 403-256-9575.

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  1. Elizabeth Kelly :

    Dear Brian, Susy, Michael and family

    You are very much in our thoughts and prayers at the minute. Ann was a wonderful person, always so kind and generous in every way. We have such happy memories of her at Patricia’s wedding.

    All our love and prayers

    Elizabeth, Eamon and family

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  2. Peter and Mary Mooney :

    Brian Dowse and family,
    Mary and I were saddened to read of Ann’s passing and we send you and your family our condolences and deepest sympathy at this sad time. Know that you are in our thoughts and prayers.

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  3. Vern & Helen Gerlitz Fam. :

    Dear Brian, Susy Michael and Family.

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. at this Sad time. We have so many happy memories of Ann when we lived at Lake Erie Place, Also our camping trips and our
    golf games with her. She will also be dearly missed at McDougal United United Church. All our Love the Gerlitz Family.

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  4. Dear Brian and family,

    Please know that I was saddened to learn of Ann’s passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this time.

    Much love,
    Ada

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