Obituary for Jessie Margaret Anderson
ANDERSON: Jessie Margaret (nee Foster) Mom was born in her family home in Quill Lake Saskatchewan, October 10,1934, where she spent her childhood with her parents and six siblings. It was there she completed her primary and secondary education. After high school she went on to receive a diploma from the Baptist Leadership Training School. Mom spoke fondly of her youth, filled with baseball, skating, local dances, and school athletics. There was the occasional complaint about weeding the garden “the size of a school field”, but her home town held magical memories for her. It was in Quill Lake that Mom met Dad (Orton Anderson), in 1952, while he was a student minister at her church. They were married, September 3, 1955 and soon thereafter moved to Hamilton, Ontario where Mom worked to help Dad complete his divinity degree. After graduation, they took their first Pastorate, in St. George, Ontario, and the church continued to be an important part of Mom's life as they moved to Calgary, Weyburn and finally, Brandon. Whether as the minister’s wife or a leader in her own right, Mom was always active in the local church. Over the years she had many leadership roles, particularly with the Baptist Women. When Mom was a teenager, she spent some time working in the Quill Lake Hospital and after moving to Brandon, worked for twenty-seven years at Hillcrest Personal Care Home. Mom made lasting friendships with her co-workers from Hillcrest and loved getting together with them, as well as her many other dear friends and neighbours from the church and community. Most central to Mom's life was her family: Orton, and their children; Jeff (Carole), Brent (Mel), Susan (Jamie), Nancy (Howard). She made sure everyone stayed connected and up to date with goings on throughout our wide network. As the family grew to eight grand-children: Sarah (James), Brittany (Shawn), Ellen (Andy), Erin (Dani), Jane (Brett), Sky (Shauna), Holly (Cody) and Eliza, Grammie found room in her heart and life to have a special relationship with each one of them. Our expanding numbers continued to bring her joy, with six great grandchildren Averie, Gavin, Alix, Quinne, Levi, Charlee and she was excited for the arrival of number seven in July. Along with her immediate family Jessie is survived by one sister Patricia Finlayson, several sisters and brothers-in-law and many nieces and nephews. Our mom had the soul of a poet and showed her affection for those she loved through the heartfelt and often comical poems she would compose for special occasions. She was a loving daughter, a caring sister, a special aunt, a devoted wife, and an amazing mother, grandmother, and great grandmother but most of all she was our hero and champion. We will miss you always Mom. Give Brent a hug from us. Mom passed away in Brandon, Manitoba, January 25, 2018. A Celebration of her life took place on Wednesday, January 31, 2018 at First Baptist Church in Brandon. The family would like to thank all the health care professionals that have taken care of Mom over the last ten months, especially her extraordinary team from homecare: Trina, Jason, Shelly and Andrea and her physicians Dr. Heibesh and Dr. Reinhold. We’d also like to thank those who were with us during mom’s last hours, including Dr. Tamayo, Dr. Kaiser, nurses: Michelle, Ariel, Shandra, Jamie, and all the healthcare aides. In honour and memory of her beloved son Brent, memorial donations may be made to the Manitoba Lung Association, 1 Wesley Avenue, Unit 301, Winnipeg, Manitoba R3C 4C6.