It is with sadness that the family announces the passing of Anna Marie Davis (nee Alder), 94 years, of Humboldt and formerly of Quill Lake, on Saturday, March 13, 2021, at Humboldt District Hospital. Anna was born on September 1, 1926 in Winnipeg, MB to (John) Carey and Minnie (nee Armstrong) Alder. She grew up in Quill Lake and attended school there. After high school Anna followed her parents to Victoria, BC, where she took a secretarial course and then nurses training at Royal Jubilee Hospital, graduating in 1948. For health reasons and having family in Saskatchewan, she returned and started nursing at the LeRoy hospital, living with her Aunt and Uncle. Anna met the love of her life Jack Davis while living in LeRoy. Jack headed off to play semi pro baseball for a while and then when he returned to Saskatchewan to farm, he asked Anna to marry him. On December 1, 1951, they were married in Victoria and moved to Naicam to operate the Davis family farm. Five children were born to them while living there – Margaret, Barbara, William “John”, Donald and George. In 1962, they moved to Quill Lake to Anna’s family farm. While at Quill Lake, Jane and Garth completed the family. Anna worked at the Quill Lake Hospital until its closure, moving on to the Medical Clinic. She later worked at the Post Office and then as an Educational Assistant at the Quill Lake School, retiring in 1991. Jack had built a log cabin at Barrier Resort, where many fond memories were made with their family over years. They loved to spend their days fishing, playing cards and visiting. Anna was a huge baseball fan, cheering Jack on when he played and keeping up with her favorite team, The Blue Jays. Anna was known to have a huge garden, enjoyed knitting, curling and later watching curling and baseball on TV. She was a member of the UCW and the Seniors Club in Quill Lake. She and Jack enjoyed snowmobiling and finally at the age of 73, tired of riding behind him, she purchased her own machine. Anna could often be found at her children’s and grandchildren’s activities, cheering them on. She loved her family immensely and was so happy when the great grandchildren started to arrive. She had an incredible memory and could be counted on to remember everyone’s birthdays and all other important information. Although, she had health issues throughout her life, she was a strong, stoic lady who appreciated life and had a dry sense of humour. Jack passed away in 2007 and Anna remained in Quill Lake until 2019 when she moved to Evergreen Country home in LeRoy and then later to The Elizabeth in Humboldt. In November 2020, she went to live with her daughter Jane where she stayed until the present. Anna will be lovingly remembered and sadly missed by her three surviving children; 18 grandchildren; 21 + great grandchildren: MARGARET’s family – son-in-law Lyle Bates, Margaret’s daughter Tamara (Wes) Miller and children Hayden, Christian, Joel, Maggie and Jude; Marie Lynne Rudneski (Mike Winchester) and children Katelyn, Eric and Alex; Jonathan Busch (Duncan) and Lyle’s sons Kelly (Nadine) Bates and children Nyah and Annie, and Trevor (Aaron) Bates and children Lydia and Maeve; BARBARA (Rob) Longmuir and their family Scott (Casey) Longmuir and children Elias, Asa and Leo, Nicole (Brady) Heintz and son Weylin, John (Tenie) Longmuir, Kristi (Tyson) Anthony and children Nora and Lewis, and Tori Longmuir; JOHN’s family – daughter-in-law Andrea Davis and their family Amber (Tom) Barrie and children Nate and Lucas, Janine (Mark) Kefford and children Andy, Emmett, and Fletcher, and Derek (Darcie) Davis and children Jack, Kenton, and Sawyer; JANE Meiklejohn and her family Bradley (Whitney) Meiklejohn and children Oscar and Arlo, Brett Meiklejohn (Jacqueline Johanneson), and Brandon Meiklejohn; GARTH (Lisa) Davis and family Brody Bodnard and Blair Bodnard; sisters-in-law Carolyn Alder and Rosemary Alder, and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. Anna was predeceased by her parents (John) Carey and Minnie Alder; husband Jack Davis; daughter Margaret Bates; sons John Davis, Donald Davis (in infancy) and George Davis (in childhood); son-in-law Kevin Meiklejohn; brothers and sisters: Jack Alder, Jean Long, Buzz Alder and Bill Alder.
A Private Graveside Service was held on Saturday, August 28, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. from Quill Lake Cemetery. A Celebration of Anna’s life was held on Saturday, August 28, 2021 at 2:00 p.m. at the Quill Lake Sports Grounds. Memorial donations in her memory may be made to the Quill Lake Cemetery Fund or the Senior Citizens Drop In Center in Quill Lake.
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Quill Lake Cemetery
Quill Lake SK S0A 3E0
Quill Lake Senior Citizens Drop In Center
83 Main Street, Quill Lake SK S0A 3E0