Hinchliffe, Annie. Mary Annie Foster was born in the District of Pennestone, Yorkshire, England on February 20, 1907. Annie came to Canada in 1931 and on August 6 was married to Arthur Hinchliffe in Burns Lake Parish by Rev. Sweetnam.
Like many pioneer women, Annie had to learn to deal with wood stoves, gas lights and no running water. This was quite a change for a young woman from England, who was often left alone while her husband was away, sometimes for several days.
These were just some of the challenges she faced over the next 56 years in Burns Lake, Terrace, Dawson Creek, Smithers, Terrace again, and Pouce Coupe while raising a family of five Ð June, David, Eddie, Peter, and Jim.
During these years, Annie played an important part in the work of the church. She was always active in the W.A. groups and guilds. She was honoured with a Diocesan Life Membership. In 1959, Bishop Watts, the Diocesan Executive and parishes gave her a Life Membership in the Dominion Womens’ Auxiliary.
After Arthur’s passing in 1976, Annie lived in Victoria for ten years serving as an active member of the Church Furnishings and Embroidery Guild.
Over the years, Annie made many dear and treasured friends in all of the parishes.
In 1987, she returned to Smithers to be closer to her family and lived at Pioneer Place. As her independence began to fail, Annie gave herself over to the loving care of the nurses and care workers at Bulkley Lodge.
Annie was predeceased by her loving husband, Arthur. Annie is survived by her daughter, June DeBruin (Ken), Quesnel, sons David (Diane), Edmonton, Ed (Barbara), Smithers, Peter, Kispiox, and Jim (Donna), Winfield.
Annie is also survived by 12 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren, and two great-great-grandchildren.
The family would like to thank friends and neighbours for their many kindnesses and support during Mom’s illness and passing.
Special thanks to the staff of Bulkley Lodge for their loving care of Mom during her residency. Thank you to Dr. Hart and Dr. Venter for caring for Mom’s medical needs through the years. Our thanks to the Anglican Church Women for the reception after the funeral service, held Saturday, December 28 at St. James.