Anne Belnave Hodge

June 15, 1918 – April 24, 2006

Wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, friend, artist, baker, craftsperson, seamstress, confidante; passed away peacefully surrounded by her family at the Bulkley Valley District Hospital.

Anne is survived by her husband of 67 years, Jack, and her children John (Dana), Joanne (Dan) and Heather (Shane); as well as her grandchildren Sherri (Tim, Jack (Jan), Annemarie, Edward (Tracy), Danielle (Jake) and Harlen; and her great-grandchildren Lyndsey, Allan, Trever, Kaitlyn, Morgan, Josephine and Gracie.

Anne was born in Montreal and later moved to the Red River Valley where she met and fell in love with a man named Jack Hodge. Jack pulled a hope chest across the Red River on a toboggan when he asked her to marry him.

She and Jack had many adventures together living in every province from Ontario to British Columbia. Every home they lived in had her special talents added to it: whether making curtains, reupholstering furniture, laying carpets or flooring or building a fireplace. Jack was never quite sure what new home treatment he would be flying home to but her always knew it would be warm and inviting.

Anne kept everyone warm with her hand-knit sweaters as well, always saying busy hands were happy hands.

At her request, there will not be a funeral but she asked to be cremated and have her ashes scattered in the Bulkley River in memory of the women who have disappeared along Highway 16, “The Highway of Tears”, in the hopes that this gesture might bring to light some new clue as to what has happened to the women of our area.

In Lieu of flowers, she asked that donation be made to the Bulkley Valley Cancer Clinic or the Hospice Society.

Anne will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved her.

Anne’s family would like to thank the doctors and nurses for their kindness and wonderful care of Anne in her final days.

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