Bunny Anderson

(Viola McKenzie)

Passed away peacefully on January 11, 2012 at the age of 87. She was pre-deceased by her husband, Ted in January 2011; her sisters, Dolly, Angela, Connie; and brothers, Steve, Buzz, Mic, Mac and Leonard. She is survived by her son, Murray (Kim); daughter, Donna Stennes (Waide); grandchildren, Kayla Robinson (Nathan) and Scott; sister, Kath Sharpe (Port Alberni); and brother, Rod McKenzie (Vancouver).

Born October 21, 1924 and raised in Nanaimo; she remained a lifelong resident. Bunny graduated from John Shaw High School in 1942 and joined the Air Force RCAF during WWII immediately after. Ted and Bunny both worked as Civil Servants at the Nanaimo Court House and were married in 1950. Bunny worked at the Nanaimo Court House until 1955 and raised her children until returning to work at the Nanaimo Assessment Authority from 1974 to 1984.

Bunny loved sports and was an exceptional athlete. She and Ted were avid curlers and golfers and were founding members of the Nanaimo Golf Course. Bunny worked tirelessly at the golf course in maintaining one of the gardens and was proactive in compiling the records and data of the course to preserve its history. Bunny was particularly proud that her grandfather, Colin Campbell McKenzie, was the second Superintendent of Education in British Columbia and was a member of Parliament in Victoria in 1853, where his photo is proudly displayed.

A celebration of her life will be held on Thursday, January 19, 2012 at the Nanaimo Golf Course from 1-4 p.m. In lieu of flowers, a donation can be made, in her memory, to the Heart and Stroke Foundation. Special thanks to the nursing staff and caregivers at Nanaimo Senior Village. Your dedication and devotion to Mom was greatly appreciated.

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