Olive May Annau
October 1, 1927 ~ June 30, 2016
Olive was born at home in Nanaimo, BC on October 1, 1927 to Robert and Anna Ormond and was a lifelong resident of the harbour city. She was the youngest of four, with brothers Lawrence, Bruce, and Howard; each of whom predeceased her.
Olive completed her schooling through to Grade 13 in Nanaimo. She valued the strong friendships she formed at school and enjoyed monthly lunches with several of her beloved school chums throughout the years, in addition to many school reunions. As a teenager, she helped out at her family’s business of RH Ormond and Sons (Plumbing and Heating), backing the company trucks into the garage. Olive’s family enjoyed hockey and upon entering a contest to name Nanaimo’s hockey team, Olive’s suggestion of the “Clippers” won.
After the war, Olive met Joe Annau, an army veteran. They were married on August 28, 1952. Their two sons followed; Ed (Joyce) in 1953 and David (Penny) in 1961. Their family outings were mainly fishing and camping trips exploring the outdoors. One particularly memorable trip was by camper to Alaska, the year following the 1964 earthquake. Olive was predeceased by Joe on December 23, 2015.
Olive was an avid card player, and relished playing Bridge and Gin Rummy with her friends at Nanaimo Seniors Village. She enjoyed Wii bowling, playing Bingo (and winning a game or two!) as well as the many other activities and social events offered there.
Olive had a sharp mind (especially when it came to math) and was engaged in current events, politics, and sports. In recent years, she was undaunted by computers and became savvy with their use. When health issues began to influence Olive’s daily life, she was not deterred. Rather, she was goal-oriented and determined to persevere.
Olive’s family was very important to her. She loved her regular Skype calls with her grandchildren Keleigh, Nic, and Olivia. Olive is also survived by many nieces and nephews.
Olive was much-loved. She will be sorely missed by her family and by her friends but when sadness sets in, the sharing of stories of her humourous witticisms, her influence, and her place in our world, will bring smiles and happy remembrances.
The family would like to thank the kind staff at Nanaimo Senior’s Village where she thrived during the last four years. The family would also like to especially thank Dr. King and Dr. Kaban, both of whom provided empathetic guidance and wonderful care to Olive.
There will be no service due to Olive’s wishes.