Klassen Funeral Home



17 February, 194226 November, 2020

It is with great sadness the family announces that on Nov. 26, 2020 Ray Anderson passed away peacefully in her sleep at Middlechurch Personal Care Home.

Ray was born in Glasgow, Scotland in 1942, the eldest daughter of Jean and Ben Sefi. She was predeceased by her parents, her brother Joseph and her loving husband, Iain. She married Iain Anderson, her soulmate, in September 1963 and immigrated to Canada in 1967. Iain unfortunately passed away in 1983.

She leaves to mourn her brother Leon and his wife Samira, sister Chris, niece Tamar (Victoria, Reynald and Matthew), nephew Greg, as well as many more nieces and nephews in Bosnia, Ontario, England and Scotland. Iain and Ray had no children, but she loved her sibling’s children and grandchildren as if they were her own.

She worked for 10 years as a bank teller in Glasgow and upon coming to Canada, she worked for Derksen Plumbing & Heating in the Residential Section. Ray then went on to work for Duraco Windows and Doors, where she was the Office Manager for 29 years.

She loved dogs. So, with Iain and another friend Philip, started the Collie Club of Canada, the National Breed Club. She was a life member of the Canadian Kennel Club, Collie Club of Canada, Red River Terrier Association, and the Cairn Terrier Club of Canada. They both loved the dog shows in Canada and the United States. Ray and Iain operated Dalchalm Kennels and Queenston Collies with their friend, Barry Elkin breeding Rough Collies and Miniature Schnauzers until Iain’s death. After which, Ray then went into Cairn Terriers. She bred many Canadian Champions. Her greatest joys were her beloved dogs.

Ray put all her energies into the Order of the Eastern Star. She was the Grand Chapter office assistant for many years. Ray joined Cawdor Chapter #205 in Bishopbriggs, Scotland in 1965 and affiliated with Jephthah Chapter #22 in Winnipeg. At her passing, she was a member of Patricia Chapter #8. Ray held many offices during her 55 years. She was Worthy Matron 3 times, a Grand Representative to Arizona, Scotland and at the time of her passing, she was also the Grand Representative of Australia. In 1991, she was Grand Adah and from 1995-1998 was a Grand Trustee. Ray was Worthy Grand Matron in 2008-2009 with brother Gordon Ebel as her partner. She enjoyed being a member of The Eastern Star Chalet Board. She was honored in 2012 by Most Worthy Grand Matron Sister Bobbie White, with a commission to The International Headquarters Committee of General Grand Chapter in Washington, DC. She will be deeply missed by all those who knew her.

“Your life was a Blessing. Your memory a Treasure. You are LOVED beyond words and missed beyond Measure.”

If you wish, donations may be made in Ray’s name to the Winnipeg Humane Society or the Manitoba Eastern Star Chalet.

Cremation has already taken place. Due to Covid-19 restrictions, a memorial service will be held at a later date.



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Elizabeth Csversko

25 December 2020

Chris and all of Ray's family, I was very sad to hear of Ray's passing, I will always remember our bur trips to the USA with the OES I had so much fun . Ray was always very helpful when asked for advise . Rest now dear friend , no more pain. Sister Hugs Elizabeth.

Janice Jackson

30 November 2020

I worked with Ray at Duraco Windows for a few years and remember how great and patient she was when training me for my job.

I had the pleasure of seeing two of Ray`s Cairn Terriers when I took my dog to have Ray check to see if she was pregnant. I was very happy that my Nikki did indeed end up having four cute puppies.

Ray also had an old canvas tent that she no longer used. She gave it to my husband who used it for many years of fishing trips.

This was many years ago but I still remember.

Tamar Desorcy

30 November 2020

I miss you so much Aunty and we are so heartbroken.

I have some amazing memories and I wish there could have been time for more. I will never forget you dressing up in a rabbit costume on Easter weekend waving to cars on the highway in Anola, on Christmas day you were always the first one to open the Lego kits and start building, teaching us how to play Chess, taking us to dog shows when we were young, having sleep overs, cross country skiing in Birds Hill Park, the trip to Hawaii and homemade Mac-n-Cheese that no one can replicate. There are so many more memories that have flooded to the surface the last few days.

I will always be forever grateful for loving me, Victoria, Rey & Matt as if we were your own children. When mum said "No", you go to Aunty case she would say "Yes".

Rest peacefully Aunty. Our last visit was so difficult but I know you are in Uncle's Iain's loving arms, a place where you have longed to be since his passing. See you when I get there. Have the kettle on luv. xoxo

Carol Girling

30 November 2020

Chris and family, you and many of us will miss her greatly. She was a dedicated Sister and loved her family, including fraternal family, is such obvious ways. We have many stories and memories related to Eastern Star trips and other adventures. Normally a quiet presence she did have her moments when she gave us a smile or two. My sincere condolences to you all.


Leon Crossan (Sefi)

30 November 2020

Ray was our matriach whose first priority was always the well being of her brother and his wife Samira and sister Chris.
She visited Bosnia twice and loved Samira as her little sister. Because of Rays generous nature Samira is alive today.
We both will miss her so much and she will always be in our hearts.
Our thoughts and prayers go to Chris, Tamar, Greg, Reynald Matthew and Victoria. We will al meet once this Covid 19 is over. Until then may God protect us all.

Anita Huhn

28 November 2020

Ray was a lovely lady and I was so proud to be part of her "Grand" family. Going to miss her wit and loving hugs. Sending sincere sympathy to her family.

V henderson

28 November 2020

Sincere sympathy to Chris and her family on the loss of Ray. May your memories give you peace and comfort.