It is with great sadness that we share that our beautiful ANN KIYOOKA died on Monday, September 28, 2015 in a car accident. Our hearts ache that she is gone, but we know that she is home, she is happy, and for this we are grateful.
Ann was born November 23, 1936 in Glasgow, Scotland to Laura Britten-Austen and Ernest Henry Macmillen. Ann had four brothers: Neil, Alasdair, Malcolm and Peter. After training as a nurse in Edinburgh, Ann set off on a lifetime’s adventure, leaving home and coming to Canada. She first worked as a nurse in Montreal. Then she headed west: on the train, she met Frank Kiyooka. Four days together on the train crossing Canada, and the rest is history! Ann and Frank married under the blue Alberta sky in Hinton, Alberta on July 1, 1963. Ann and Frank had four children: Sachiko, Gen, Hanae and Sumio. In 1981, they moved to a rural property west of the Rockies near Valemount, B.C.
ANN GRACED US ALL with her love, her sensibility, her thoughtfulness, her artistry and her faithfulness. Ann had a poet’s soul: she felt things deeply and appreciated and created beauty around her. She cared very much about how she lived and she showed this in so many ways. She had so many gifts. We all feel bereft that she is no longer here.
Ann leaves Frank, her husband of 52 years, her four children, her granddaughters Elena, Emi, Siri and Marin, her grandson Elijah, her four brothers and their families, Frank’s family and so many beloved friends.
A mass of Christian burial for Ann will be held on Tuesday, October 6, 2015 at 10:00 a.m. at the Tete Jaune Community Hall near Valemount, B.C., followed by a gathering to celebrate Ann’s life. You are welcome to send condolences to Ann’s daughter, Sachiko at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
In lieu of flowers, please make a donation Ann’s name to one of the Catholic humanitarian agencies below which were meaningful to Ann.
Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace: https://www.devp.org/en
Chalice: A Catholic Sponsorship Program http://www.chalice.ca