April 3, 1934 – August 20,2015

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Anne May Thompson (nee Cartwright) in the Palliative Care Unit at Vancouver General Hospital at the age of 81. She died peacefully after several years of living with Parkinson’s Disease and MDS. She will be deeply missed by her husband Ken; son Barry (Julie); daughters Cheryl McKay (Brian), Karen Bowering (John), and Leah Ann Rodine (Al); nine grandchildren; and her sisters Lois Miller and Jo Danielson, sister-in-law Gwen Thompson, and their families. Anne was born and raised in Nanaimo. She moved to Vancouver in 1951 to attend Normal School and began teaching in 1952. She received a BEd (1973) and a MEd (1983) in Educational Administration. Anne’s educational career included classroom teaching, Vice-Principal and Principal as well as various leadership roles at VSB, SFU and the Ministry of Education. Following retirement in 1996 she was invited to provide educational leadership at Vancouver Hebrew Academy, She was involved for over 30 years in Delta Kappa Gamma, an international organization for developing women in educational leadership, as a member and then a director in Canada and internationally.

Anne will be remembered for her grace, generosity of spirit, hospitality and caring nature. Her family and faith were most important to her. She and Ken were married for 61 years. Together they were very involved in Oakridge Baptist Church. Anne gave many hours of service as a pianist, choir member, Sunday school teacher and many other leadership roles. Devoted to her Christian faith she served on the Board of Governors at Northwest Baptist Theological College for 30 years and was Chair for 7 years.

We would like to thank the entire medical team in the Palliative Care Unit at VGH and the Sub-Acute Care Ward on the 7th floor who provided Anne with incredible comfort in her final days. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Anne’s memory to Camp Qwanoes and/or Parkinson Society. A memorial Service will be held Friday, August 28, 2015 at 1 p.m. at Oakridge Baptist Church 6261 Cambie Street, Vancouver.

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