Annie Eva DEMPSTER nee McNeilly

Annie left us peacefully on Feb 12th at the age of 68 after a brief battle with brain cancer. Born on August 14th,1940 in Springfield Manitoba. She is predeceased by her husband Clifford; son Derek (Slugger); mother Margaret; brothers Walter, Jimmy, Leonard, Peter McNeilly; sister Rita and brother-in-law Ron Belanger. Annie will be sadly missed by her son Wally (Lori) Dempster; daughter Deidre (Lyle) Morrow; son Glenn (Krista) Dempster; son Kenny Dempster; daughter-in-law

Shannon (Julian Burtnick); grandchildren Ryan (Jenny), Travis (Jo-Anne), Chris (Sarah), Joleen (Tyler), Brent, Allysa ,Conner, Madison, Maya, Charlie and great grandchildren Brady and Kaleb; brother Mike (Ruby) McNeilly and sisters Margie (Edison) Wright, Joan Johnson, Sheila Leclerc, Patsy (Richard) Gutwein, Judy McNeilly; niece Sheila (Ann) Belanger; dear friend Marlene Longman and many nieces, nephews and close friends. Annie and Cliff moved to the Sunshine Coast in 1967 and spent many years with the Dempster clan in Roberts Creek where their Henderson Road home was often a summer camp, hair salon, wildlife reserve and coffee shop for many kids and close friends. In 1998 Annie and Cliff pulled up the homestead and moved to Lone Butte in the Cariboo with her sister Sheila, where they built a home and settled. The house was a great stop-over for many Coastal friends visiting the area and heading to the ‘north,’ always greeted with a warm meal and pot of coffee on the stove. Special thanks to the hospital staff at Royal Inland in Kamloops, the cancer clinic in Vancouver, Dr. Petzold, Fay, Gabrielle and the home care staff on the Sunshine Coast which allowed her to spend her final months surrounded by loved ones in her daughter’s home with the dignity and grace she held so dear in life. Annie was a modest woman who included community in the word ‘family’. She has left behind a proud legacy and many wonderful memories. The family would like to thank everyone for their kind words and warm wishes during this difficult time. No service by request; in lieu of flowers a donation can be made to the BC Cancer Foundation or the Vision Quest Society.

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