Ann Darlene McLean nee Digneris, died peacefully on June 19, 2009 at the Vernon Jubilee Hospital, surrounded by the love of her family. Born July 23, 1919, Ann was a month from celebrating her 90th birthday and four days from celebrating her 66th wedding anniversary with her husband Robert (Bob) Alexander McLean.
Ann was a resident of Prince Albert, Saskatchewan all her life, until she and Bob moved to Vernon in September 2006, so they could live close to their daughter, son-in-law, and grandchildren. She appreciated and looked forward to every moment spent with her family and friends. The memory of Ann’s love and care for others, and her wonderful smile will always be with us.
Many of Ann’s fondest memories were of her life and home in Prince Albert. Ann taught for 27 years in the business education field, seven years at the Prince Albert Business College and 20 years at Carlton Comprehensive High School, where she retired as Business Education Department Head in 1984. As a teacher, Ann cared about each of her students, encouraging each person to strive to do their best.
Gardening was one of Ann’s hobbies, growing beautiful flowers and delicious vegetables. She was especially known for her wonderful Raspberry Jam! Ann was an expert seamstress, sewing not only for herself, but for many members of the family.
Throughout the years, Ann was involved in many volunteer activities in the community. She was a long-time member of Wesley United Church and she enjoyed the friendship of members of the Glad Circle.
Memories of Ann will be cherished by her husband Robert (Bob) Alexander McLean, daughter Janis (Stephen) Lauman, grandson Rob (Stacy) Lauman, granddaughter Sarah (Allen) Hanson, her sisters Marie Paziuk, Jo Groombridge, Stephanie (Harlan) Garner, and Marilyn McTavish, many nieces and nephews, other family & friends. Ann was pre-deceased by her brother Bill Digneris and her sister Kay Heslop.
A gathering of family and friends will be held in July to celebrate Ann’s life. If it is your wish, you may remember Ann with a donation to Vernon Jubilee Hospital Foundation, 2101 32nd Street, Vernon, BC V1T5L2.
Beauty lies within ourselves, After all they say,
But be sure the happy heart, Makes the happy day!