OBITUARY

Amelia Millicent Kate Anderson

September 30, 1937October 8, 2020
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Amelia Millicent Kate Anderson Sept 30, 1937 – October 8, 2020

Shortly after celebrating her 83rd birthday, Millie Anderson (nee Sawkins) passed away peacefully with family by her bedside.

Mil was predeceased by her loving husband Randall Anderson, her parents Harold and Kathleen (nee Ridley) Sawkins, her brother Alfred Sawkins, sister-in-law Rosellyn (nee Poland) Sawkins, parents-in-law Fred and Nellie (nee Lindstrom) Anderson, brother-in-law Lyle Anderson as well as many beloved aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

Mourning her passing are her daughter Kathy (Pierre) and “granddog” Paisley, her son Fred (BJ), granddaughter Reagan and “grandcat” Simon, brother-in-law Glen (Georgina) Anderson, sister-in-law Wendy Anderson, nieces Diane (John) Anderson, Shelley Anderson, Tracey (Stan) Anderson-Kapera, Crystal (Peter) Grande, nephew Dan Anderson.

Mil’s friendship will also be missed by her dear friends, Gwen and Bill Zroback, Pat and Ted Cederwall, Catherine Rowlandson, Eunice (& Louie) Bourcier, Barb West, Lesley Porlier, Sharron and Merv Metail and Linda Johnson.

Millie graduated from Kenora-Keewatin District High School with her diploma in Secretarial Arts. She was employed in office environments which varied from Standard Realty, Ontario Central Airlines, Tourism and Publicity Boards of Ontario and Kenora, The Kenwood Hotel, and The Daily Miner & News. She also taught a basic typing class at Confederation College for a year. Mil officially retired in October 1999 from K&C Prop Shoppe where she was employed as a bookkeeper but was described by the staff as their “office mom and referee”!

One of her fondest memories was of her trip to England to visit her relatives and celebrate her 21st birthday.

Mil married her Swedish sweetheart, Randall Anderson, on May 21, 1966. They were gifted a budgie, Andrew Christopher Thomas, from her uncle who had a bird sanctuary. Their family grew with the birth of their two children, Kathleen (Kathy) Victoria, Ernest Frederick (Fred) and their little dog, Cindi-Lou.

Millie belonged to the congregation of St. Alban’s Anglican Cathedral, where she was involved with several church groups and the youth choir. Later in life, she joined the Altar Guild and worked in the Cathedral office. She delighted in attending teas and bake sales at the various churches around town. Millie was a member of the Beta Sigma Phi sorority and the Kenora Seniors’ Centre. Her years as a Tupperware dealer led to her always being able to find the perfect container to store just about anything! Some of her hobbies included reading, crocheting, knitting, Artex and Tri-Chem paint projects as well as other home crafts. Millie loved to sew, making her own fashions that reflected the times. A treasured gift from Ran was her deluxe Bernina sewing machine, which she used to create many outfits and Halloween costumes for her children.

Mil was an enthusiastic hockey mom and Montreal Canadiens fan. As an avid bowler, she played on several teams with both family and friends. Good times were had travelling around Ontario for Aggregate tournaments with her teams. The highlight of her bowling years was coaching kids in the Youth Bowling Council.

Learning to use email and Facebook allowed her to connect in new ways with her many friends and family members, both Canada-wide and overseas. We will think of her often snuggled in her favourite chair with a cup of tea, watching curling bonspiels or the BBC comedy shows which appealed to her “British” sense of humour.

Millie’s family would like to thank the wonderful staff of Pinecrest Home (especially those on Unit 1) for their care and support while she was a resident.

A private memorial service will take place at Brown Funeral Home & Cremation Centre with Pastor Cathy Giroux officiating. Interment to follow at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Mil’s memory would be appreciated to a charity of one’s choice.

“As for me, I am already being poured out as a libation, and the time of my departure has come. I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. From now on there is reserved for me the crown of righteousness, with the Lord, the righteous judge, will give me on that day, and not only to me but also to all who have longed for His appearing.” 2 Timothy 4:6-8

Online condolences may be made at www.brownfuneralhomkenora.com

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  • Private family service

    Saturday, October 17, 2020

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Katrina Belair

October 17, 2020

I was blessed to meet Millie & Randy through bowling
Over the years we would travel to tournaments held by other towns
The most special tournament was called the Aggregate;
I have wonderful memories of those years and will hold them close to my heart
God bless

Jan Lindstrom

October 17, 2020

Millie and Randall were the couple I spent my first New Year’s Eve with when I came to Kenora in 1966. Randall and Donnie were first cousins and we were quite close over the years. Their house was always full of fun and laughs. Fred is my godson. Millie loved her family and was a hard worker. She loved to talk (no, really??) and so I always had to plan a phone call! She will be missed!

Linda Johnson

October 16, 2020

I shall miss my Dear Friend and neighbor Millie. I’ll miss our drives, going for tea and coffee, or just chatting at her place.
She was there for me and I for her. I grieve with her family. She truly was a kind , loving and generous person.
Till we meet again my friend.
Linda Johnson

Diane Anderson

October 16, 2020

Dear Kathy, Fred, Pierre, BJ and Regan,

Auntie Millie was a larger than life person who had a huge smile and an even more huge hug to give whenever we saw her. Before the rest of the Anderson girls and Fred came along, Shelley and I were the apple of your parents' eyes! Never a birthday or Christmas went by without a beautiful dress bought just for us.

We wish we could be there to share our sadness together and celebrate her life with you. We send our love over the Rockies and across the Prairies to be with you on beautiful Lake of the Woods. Thank you for sharing all the lovely photos...I can hear your Mom's booming laughter and love for Uncle Randall in so many of them.

Sending you all our love from Calgary and Quesnel

Diane and Shelley and our families

Linda Johnson

October 16, 2020

Millie was the best neighbor and a very good friend. I so enjoyed her company. We laughed and cried together. Going for drives and coffee and tea were favourite times. There is a huge void in my life now .
Sincerest condolences to her wonderful family and friends.
Fred, B.J. ,Reagan and Kathy and Pierre Millie loved to talk about you’s. She loved you’s all so much and your fur kids ❤️
Till we meet again my dear friend🙏

Margaret Friesen

October 15, 2020

Millie was my wonderful neighbor when i arrived as a bride in Kenora, 50 years ago! We had many wonderful chats! Over the years we both moved to other parts of Kenora, but still enjoyed a good chat about our families if we would meet! Then when my husband was in hospice at Pinecrest, we met again and had a few sweet chats! A wonderful friend- always a ready cheery smile and greeting! May the special stories comfort, you the family! My condolences to you, marg friesen

Roxanne Chambers

October 15, 2020

What a lovely tribute to Millie!! She was lovely, no-nonsense, always cheerful and efficient, and her beautiful shades of lipstick brightened any day. Millie worked with us for many years and there were no details overlooked in her tasks. Millie saw us through getting married, starting a business and being a terrific participant in our children's lives. Just the best. Rest In Peace Millie, and join Randall for continued good times. We are blessed to have had you in our lives. Chris and Rox

Carla Northcote-Brewer

October 14, 2020

Sweet lady. RIP

Marjorie Zimmer

October 14, 2020

So very sorry to hear of the loss of Millie. She was a great lady! She will be missed. We knew the Anderson family. My sister Fran Bailey (nee Drew) lived with Bobbi & Lyle in Wpg for some time. Myself and Fran (as teenagers) also babysat Shelley & Diane as they lived across the street from us in Lakeside. We got to know Randall & Millie and Glen and Georgina too. Our sincerest condolences go out to the family and friends of Millie.
Marjorie Zimmer & Paul Jackson & Fran Bailey

Catherine Rowlandson

October 11, 2020

Millie has been a true and loyal friend since high school. Over the years, even at a distance, we never lost touch.
She helped in my wedding preparations, provided lilacs for the tables and Ran decorated our wedding cake.
Heartfelt condolences to Kathy, Pierre, Fred, BJ, Regan and extended family. Goodbye my friend.

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Biography

Amelia Millicent Kate Anderson
Sept 30, 1937 – October 8, 2020

Shortly after celebrating her 83rd birthday, Millie Anderson (nee Sawkins) passed away peacefully with family by her bedside.

Mil was predeceased by her loving husband Randall Anderson, her parents Harold and Kathleen (nee Ridley) Sawkins, her brother Alfred Sawkins, sister-in-law Rosellyn (nee Poland) Sawkins, parents-in-law Fred and Nellie (nee Lindstrom) Anderson, brother-in-law Lyle Anderson as well as many beloved aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

Mourning her passing are her daughter Kathy (Pierre) and “granddog” Paisley, her son Fred (BJ), granddaughter Reagan and “grandcat” Simon, brother-in-law Glen (Georgina) Anderson, sister-in-law Wendy Anderson, nieces Diane (John) Anderson, Shelley Anderson, Tracey (Stan) Anderson-Kapera, Crystal (Peter) Grande, nephew Dan Anderson.

Mil’s friendship will also be missed by her dear friends, Gwen and Bill Zroback, Pat and Ted Cederwall, Catherine Rowlandson, Eunice (& Louie) Bourcier, Barb West, Lesley Porlier, Sharron and Merv Metail and Linda Johnson.

Millie graduated from Kenora-Keewatin District High School with her diploma in Secretarial Arts. She was employed in office environments which varied from Standard Realty, Ontario Central Airlines, Tourism and Publicity Boards of Ontario and Kenora, The Kenwood Hotel, and The Daily Miner & News. She also taught a basic typing class at Confederation College for a year. Mil officially retired in October 1999 from K&C Prop Shoppe where she was employed as a bookkeeper but was described by the staff as their “office mom and referee”!

One of her fondest memories was of her trip to England to visit her relatives and celebrate her 21st birthday.

Mil married her Swedish sweetheart, Randall Anderson, on May 21, 1966. They were gifted a budgie, Andrew Christopher Thomas, from her uncle who had a bird sanctuary. Their family grew with the birth of their two children, Kathleen (Kathy) Victoria, Ernest Frederick (Fred) and their little dog, Cindi-Lou.

Millie belonged to the congregation of St. Alban’s Anglican Cathedral, where she was involved with several church groups and the youth choir. Later in life, she joined the Altar Guild and worked in the Cathedral office. She delighted in attending teas and bake sales at the various churches around town. Millie was a member of the Beta Sigma Phi sorority and the Kenora Seniors’ Centre. Her years as a Tupperware dealer led to her always being able to find the perfect container to store just about anything! Some of her hobbies included reading, crocheting, knitting, Artex and Tri-Chem paint projects as well as other home crafts. Millie loved to sew, making her own fashions that reflected the times. A treasured gift from Ran was her deluxe Bernina sewing machine, which she used to create many outfits and Halloween costumes for her children.

Mil was an enthusiastic hockey mom and Montreal Canadiens fan. As an avid bowler, she played on several teams with both family and friends. Good times were had travelling around Ontario for Aggregate tournaments with her teams. The highlight of her bowling years was coaching kids in the Youth Bowling Council.

Learning to use email and Facebook allowed her to connect in new ways with her many friends and family members, both Canada-wide and overseas. We will think of her often snuggled in her favourite chair with a cup of tea, watching curling bonspiels or the BBC comedy shows which appealed to her “British” sense of humour.

Millie’s family would like to thank the wonderful staff of Pinecrest Home (especially those on Unit 1) for their care and support while she was a resident.

A private memorial service will take place at Brown Funeral Home & Cremation Centre with Pastor Cathy Giroux officiating. Interment to follow at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Mil’s memory would be appreciated to a charity of one’s choice.

“As for me, I am already being poured out as a libation, and the time of my departure has come. I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. From now on there is reserved for me the crown of righteousness, with the Lord, the righteous judge, will give me on that day, and not only to me but also to all who have longed for His appearing.”
2 Timothy 4:6-8

Online condolences may be made at www.brownfuneralhomkenora.com

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