Anna Lise Espersen
August 18, 1933 – January 10, 2016
Our mother, who was also a mother-in-law, a grandmother and a great grandmother passed away peacefully on January 10, 2016 at the Bulkley Valley Hospital with her family by her side.
Even though she passed away peacefully, our mom “did not go gentle into that good night”; she battled leukemia for many years and other illnesses especially of late, and she recovered from multiple setbacks along the way that most certainly even surprised her doctors and others involved in her care. True to our mom’s spirit her last words, which was more of a declaration really, were, “I’m still alive!” As anyone that knew our mother would attest, she had a zest for life like no other, not only because she was an intensely independent and proud woman but also because of the love and devotion she had for her family, and because of the time she enjoyed spending with her many friends. She was especially proud of all of her grandchildren, taking every opportunity to boast of their latest accomplishments with school, sports and work.
Our mom was also particularly wise and insightful and she loved to talk; recounting stories of her life and discussing current world events, but most of all her favorite thing to do was to share her sage advice and thoughts with most everyone she knew, especially if she had a concern or knew something could be done better. Surprisingly, it was our mom’s directness that seems to have endeared her to most everyone, perhaps it was because of such a strong voice coming from the little lady with the Danish accent, or that people respected our mom and how she could shoot from the hip with such accuracy given her strong values and beliefs.
Our mom “raged against the dying of the light” because of her family, but also because of the love and support that was shown by her community and friends. We are so thankful.
We love you mom.
A Celebration of Life will be held on Sat., January 23rd at 12:00 noon in the Smithers Christian Reformed Church, 4035 Walnut Drive, Smithers, BC. Condolences may be offered at www.raschraderfuneralhome.com.