Anne Horsfield died peacefully in Nanaimo at Kiwanis Lodge, on June 13, 2011.
Born in 1918 in Moradabad, India, the third of four siblings, Anne lived in India as a small child. In 1922 her parents, Frederick and Edith Galloway, emigrated to Canada and eventually settled in Duncan, where Anne attended Queen Margaret’s School. She trained as a teacher at Normal School in Victoria, and taught in remote rural schools in BC before going to Jamaica to teach during the war. Returning to Canada, she joined the army and served at Kingston, Ontario, for two years. Following the war, she attended UBC where she received her BA. There she met Peter Horsfield, who was studying to become an Anglican priest. They married in 1947. Together they served in several parishes including the Southern Gulf Islands, Port Alberni and Terrace. Their son Robert was born in 1950, daughter Elizabeth in 1952, and Margaret in 1953. After leaving Terrace in 1971, Anne and Peter settled on Gabriola Island, transforming their summer home into a permanent residence, and creating a garden of great beauty, as they did everywhere they lived. They moved to Nanaimo in 1983.
Resolute, perceptive and loving, Anne was unfailingly generous, always willing to put others first. Her kindness touched countless people throughout her life. She leaves behind a legacy of faithfulness and courage that helped shape many lives. Predeceased by her husband Peter, son Robert, siblings Margaret, Angus and John, she is survived by her daughters Elizabeth and Margaret, and her granddaughter Emma.
A memorial service will be held at St Paul’s Anglican Church in Nanaimo on Sunday, July 3, 2011 at 2PM. No flowers by request.
Donations can be made in Anne’s name to the Heart and Stroke Foundation.