April 25, 1942 – July 20, 2020
Machigabowiik- Sturgeon Clan It is with great sadness that the family of Annie Wayash announces her passing on Monday, July 20, 2020 at her home in Mitaanjigamiing First Nation. She was born on April 25, 1942 in Nigigoonsiminikaaning First Nation to Andrew and Evelyn Morrison. She moved to Seine River First Nation as a young girl to attend Day School, it was here that she met her first husband, Raymond Johnson, and settled down to raise her family. She was widowed at a young age and was blessed with a second husband, Billy Wayash. They spent over 50 wonderful years together. Annie was an outgoing woman who was well liked, she always ran into friends no matter how far she travelled. As a young woman she worked at Mudge’s Camp, and sat as Band Councillor before finding her calling in Education, she worked for many years as Education Counsellor for Mitaanjigamiing. She was often sought out for advice and help. She had a gentle way of making you see the right way and wasn’t afraid to speak her mind. She enjoyed dancing, camping, sewing, planting flowers, decorating her yard at Christmas, gambling, making jingle dresses, teaching language and traditions, cleaning her house, traveling and spending time with her grandchildren. She spent hours on the phone keeping in touch with friends and family. She will be greatly missed for her warm and generous heart. Annie will be greatly missed by her mother Evelyn Morrison, her 4 sons Brian Sr. (Carrie Ann), Bill Jr. (Carol), Colin and Garrett; 2 daughters Sandra Wayash-Calder (Jay) and Pamela Johnson (John); grandchildren Ray, Daniel and JoAnna, Brian Jr., Kayla, Ashley, Deanna, Ty, Chantal, Damon, William, Sebastian, Riley, Joel, Raiina-Summersett; great grandchildren Evander, Nolan, Lyannah, Peyton, Piersten, Amariah, Cory, Kyrie, Merrick, Maverick, Miah-Rose, Phoenix, Peter, Zahara, DeAndre, Liam, Jasper, Willow; nieces Elaine, Roberta, Debra and Carol and nephew Ted. She was predeceased by her father Andrew Morrison; her first husband Raymond Johnson and son Daniel Johnson and her second husband Billy Wayash, her brothers Roy, Andrew, Doyle, and sister Jane. Both her mother Evelyn and herself practiced Anishinaabe Traditional Adoptions to help to raise children that became orphaned. She considers numerous others as her brothers and sisters and adopted many sons and daughters over the years. A traditional wake will be held on Thursday, July 23, 2020 at 3 p.m. at the Mitaanjigamiing Community Centre. Traditional funeral ceremonies will follow in the morning of Friday, July 24, 2020 with Elder Andrew Johnson officiating. By special request the Agency One Drum will be assisting in ceremony. The honorary/active pallbearers will be Brian Wayash Sr., Bill Wayash Jr., Gary Wayash, John Yerxa, Jay Wayash-Calder, William Wayash, Damon Wayash, Brian Wayash Jr., Ray Johnson, Daniel Johnson and Elton Brown. If friends so desire in memoriam donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society, c/o Green Funeral Home, P.O. Box 427, Fort Frances, ON, P9A 3M8.
Canadian Cancer Society
1093 Barton Street, Thunder Bay, Ontario P7B 5N3
Thursday, July 23, 2020
Traditional Funeral Ceremony
Friday, July 24, 2020
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July 26, 2020
My Aunt Annie, was a kind and generous person who always welcomed me to her world every I saw her. She was aleays happy to see me and welcomed me with love and acceptance. I send kindness, wellness, love and respect to my cousins and their children during this difficult time. She cared for her family and my brother and I were always included. I will never forget the love she showed us.
July 24, 2020
I offer my condolences. Annie always made me feel welcome from the very day I came home to Canada. She shared stories with me of my biological family in Seine River making me feel like I belonged. Bill and Annie always welcomed me and helped me connect.
July 23, 2020
Annie would sometimes take me with her to pow wows and let me camp with her family as a young girl. She always had funny stories and would make me laugh about anything and everything. I can hear her laughter and I am so sorry to hear about her passing away. Her husband Bill Sr. was my Dad’s first cousin and she was always kind and friendly towards me, my auntie! I love her very much and will miss seeing every time I go home to Mitaanjigamiing to attend our traditional pow wows. Condolences to her family and everyone that loved her from me and my family here in Winnipeg.
July 22, 2020
Words alone make it hard to express how sorry I was to hear of the loss of Annie, through the years I only saw her occasionally but every meeting we greeted each other with gladness and always had time for a good chat. I will miss these special times. Rest easy my friend. Sincere condolences to Annie’s family and friends, may your memories of her bring you comfort during this difficult time.