Mary Isla Anderson

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Mary Isla Anderson. Isla passed away peacefully on September 22, 2012 in Vancouver with her family by her side after a short illness.

Isla is survived by her loving husband of 44 years Jim and sons John and Robin (Charleen) Anderson, sister Norma Egar, Niece Shelley (Bob), Nephew Kevin (Shannon). Isla also has 4 grandchildren that she cherished – Lyric, Shelby, Gavin and Brooke.

Isla was born in Maidstone, Saskatchewan on February 6, 1947 and moved to Smithers in 1965. Isla began working as a flagperson when she first came to town and in 1966 she became a hairdresser and worked at Clip & Curl Hair Salon for many years. On July 20, 1987 Isla began working at the Bulkley Lodge as a Care Worker until she retired in August of this year. She extended her compassion and huge heart to her work and touched all the residents in her care.

Isla will be fondly remembered as a caring wife, mother, grandmother, aunt, niece and friend. She was a great cook and loved to entertain with family and friends. Isla will be greatly missed by all who loved her. Through her laughs, tears and celebrations, she was a loyal and loving friend. Isla was instrumental in the fundraising for the Smithers Golf Course clubhouse that opened in 1991 and the family is asking that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Isla Anderson Memorial account at the Bulkley Valley Credit Union in Smithers. The money donated will be used to purchase a bench in honour of Isla’s contributions to the club.

As per Isla’s wishes, there will not be a service.

The family would like to thank everyone for their love and support during this difficult time.

Letter from Heaven

When tomorrow starts without me,

and I’m not here to see,

if the sun should rise and find your

eyes, filled with tears for me.

I wish so much you wouldn’t cry,

the way you did today,

while thinking of the many things

we didn’t get to say.

I know how much you love me,

as much as I love you,

and each time you think of me,

I know you’ll miss me too.

When tomorrow starts without me,

don’t think we’re far apart,

for every time you think of me,

I’m right there in your heart


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