December 31, 1931 – May 6, 2021
Anne (nee Hoyt) Page-Hepher, a long-time resident of Creston, died peacefully on May 6, 2021 with her family around her. Anne was born in Vancouver, BC on December 23, 1931 spending her early years on South Pender Island and Cordova Bay.
At the age of 10, after both her parents had died, her mother’s best friend, Peggy MacKenzie and family stepped in to help becoming Anne’s new family. While the death of her parents would have been difficult, Anne was a positive person, and this cheerfulness continued throughout her lifetime.
Anne was predeceased by her sisters Mary and Sheila; her husband, Jack Page, in 2002; and her second husband, Peter Hepher, in 2015. Anne is survived by her sister, Sharon; her brother, Ian; her children, Gary, Garth, Leslie and Ken; her step-son Ian Hepher; and her 16 grand and great grandchildren, Nicole, Tara, Tessa, Nathan, Andrew, Meredith, Jacqui, Meghan, Kira, Simone, Kate, Quinn, Saree, Reagan, Jack and Clara.
When Anne completed high school she trained as a teacher through normal school having her first classroom at age 17. She met her husband Jack at UBC in the early 50’s. After marrying they moved to Creston to make their home.
When their children were young Anne started Creston’s first co-operative pre-school and then worked as the manager/ coordinator of Creston’s homemaker service, alternating between the roles with her dear friend Vera Staples.
Anne met her second husband, Peter Hepher, through volunteer activities, and the two of them had 10 happy years together. Anne was a keen social activist and was honoured to receive Creston’s Citizen of the Year Award in 1992.
Anne also cared deeply for the natural world working with a number of environmental groups over her lifetime.
Anne will be dearly missed by her friends and family.
In lieu of flowers it was Anne’s wish that donations be made to the Creston-Kootenay Foundation which supports community projects in Creston or to the United Church Mission and Service Fund.
A Celebration of Life for Anne will be planned for a better suited time in the future.
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