Anne Rowsell

Anne Muriel Rowsell (Bradshaw)

Sunday, August 10th, 1924 - Tuesday, August 4th, 2020
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With great sadness, the Rowsell family announces the passing of Anne Rowsell. She was born in Toronto, Ontario the 10th August 1924 and passed away at Ross Memorial Hospital in Lindsay, Ontario on the evening of 4th August 2020 after a very short illness. Predeceased by her parents, Mary and Leslie Bradshaw. The family traveled to England late in the 1930’s. As the war started, they evacuated England and returned to Canada. Their convoy included a shipment of the gold reserve of the Bank of England. She remained close to her English relatives throughout their lives. She grew up in a family of sisters, who all predeceased her. She met the identical Rowsell twins, Harry and Roy, in school. After they came back from naval service, Harry and Anne were married. Harry became a veterinarian and university professor. They lived in Minnesota then Guelph, Ontario. Later the family moved to Saskatoon, Saskatchewan and then settled in Kanata, Ontario. In Ottawa, Anne had many friends. It was there that she learned how to rug hook and with some friends started a store supplying rug hooking supplies. There were wry comments about the Happy Hookers. Those hooked hangings are cherished by her family. In retirement, Harry and Anne turned the family cottage near Fenelon Falls, Ontario into their home. There they kept up with family and friends. They had many relatives who also had places on Sturgeon Lake, and so there were many family gatherings. Anne was particularly close to her sister Dorothy and her husband Jack and they often enjoyed times together at the lake. Anne nursed Harry through his last illness until he passed away in 2006. Anne loved doing volunteer charity work. Late in life, Anne moved into Sugar Bush in Fenelon Falls. Anne was active with her church, Fenelon Falls United Church, with the UCW, the Salvation Army, the P.E.O, and her frequent social activities with her friends. She loved jigsaw puzzles and mystery novels: she and Craig would swap their favourite mysteries. She loved Downton Abbey and Midsomer Murders. Above all, she loved her family. Her great sadness was to lose her son Craig in 2019. She is survived by her children, Carole (Lars), Paul and John (Kristi), Craig’s wife Lin, her grandsons Philip and Graham, her granddaughters Bronwyn (Paul) and Claire (Luke), her great-grandsons Max and Tasman, and her great-granddaughter Nadia. Cremation has taken place. A celebration will be held at a later date. If so desired, a donation may be made to the Fenelon Falls Salvation Army (PO Box 819, Fenelon Falls, ON K0M 1N0, phone# (705) 887-3031) or to your preferred local charity.
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Murray Hayes

Posted at 09:10am
I want to comemmerate these three trees in honour of Anne, her husband Harry and her son Craig. May their memories endure.

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Murray Hayes

Posted at 08:50am
Dear Carol, Paul, John and family: my heartfelt condolences to all of you for the loss of Anne and Craig. Sadly we have lost touch over the years and most of my memories are from long ago, but they are fond memories. I am thinking of you at this sad time and hope that your memories of Anne and Craig bring you peace and comfort for lives well lived. Love, Murray.

Paul Rowsell Posted at 09:48am

Thank-you Murray. Good times, long ago. Paul

Fenelon Falls United Church

Posted at 11:20am
Anne was a dear member of our Church and our U.C.W. Please know that we hold your family in our thoughts and prayers.
She will be dearly missed.
Fenelon Falls United Church family

Judi MacLeod

Posted at 03:08pm
I met Ann in Ottawa in the mid 70's at a rug hooking class. She and her friends in Kanata welcomed and invited me to join them and we met on a regular basis. I do recall that we even held some public shows. What a wonderful person she was. I was part of that group until I decided to go back to school to do fine arts and graphic design in 1979 so I don't think I saw her again since then but will always remember how she the others so nice to me. My husband also knew her husband Harry, from Guelph and then Ottawa. I know you all will miss her .
I now live in Victoria but get the Globe and Mail so saw the obit there and it brought back so many wonderful memories.
Judi MacLeod

Chris Kichler

Posted at 10:20am
Our deepest sympathies to the Rowsell family on the loss of your matriarch. I only met Anne on a few occasions but she struck me as being a very warm and sincere individual who always went out of her way to inquire about my family. A great loss to you all and to the community of Fenlon Falls where she was very active. Please accept our warmest condolences. Chris and Rick Kichler

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