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Anna Swayze

Anna Swayze S.C.

August 29, 1930 - March 5, 2021
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Obituary

Quietly at her home in Renfrew, Ontario, surrounded by the love of her family, on Friday, March 5, 2021 in her 91st year.
Anna G. Deslaurier Swayze, wife of the late Neil Swayze. Much loved mother of the late Tommy Swayze, Sherrill Swayze, Sheila Swayze and Alanna Emon (Peter). Lovingly remembered by her brother Dan Deslaurier.

Predeceased by her parents Charles and Agnes Deslaurier and her sisters Irene Hunt, Edna Bowes, Mary Sullivan and her brother Jim Deslaurier, and her much loved nephew Gerard Hunt (Kim).
Adored Grannie of Shannon, Aaron, Nathan and Sarah; Jamie, Sherry and Jason; and Lily. Special great Gran of Jasper and Bella Hunt, Talen, Macquire, and Easton Gorman, Kianna and Walker Hunt, Cash and Daysia Swayze. Dear Auntie Ann of many nieces and nephews.

Born in Black Donald, Ontario, in 1930, and Anna was witness to staggering change over the course of her life, but what remained constant was her fighting spirit and caring heart. Throughout her life, Anna found her greatest joys caring for her family, often through her delicious meals. She felt great satisfaction caring for the ill and elderly, and felt particular satisfaction during her work in the craft and activity department of the Bonnechere Manor. Receiving the Star of Courage for Bravery and the Carnegie Medal of Honour were proud moments in her life. She found great joy in her gardens as well, bringing beauty to every place she lived, but loving none more than her little neighbourhood on Renfrew Avenue. Special thanks goes to Dianna and Peggy and all of the kind neighbours who looked out for Anna. You were all very special to her. The family also wishes to thank Dr. Ben Blaine and the nurses who visited Anna at her home.

Memorial Visitation will take place at Zohr Family Funeral Home, 85 Munroe Avenue East, Renfrew on Monday evening from 6-8pm. Due to the new Yellow Colour Code for Renfrew County Covid Restrictions now demand that you book an appointment for visitation by selecting a time slot provided below with the RSVP option for visitation. The usual physical distancing and mandatory masks/face coverings are still needed at the funeral home along with contact tracing and screening questions. People will be able to stand in line at the funeral home as guests cycle through paying respects to the family during this visitation.
A Memorial Mass will be held on Tuesday Morning March 9, 2021 at 10:30am at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church, Renfrew, if you wish to attend once again please use the RSVP selection below for the Mass time.
In lieu of flowers please consider a donation to the Renfrew & District Food Bank in memory of Anna.

Anna wanted us to try not to mourn, because, she said, she would always be with us and the beauty of nature surrounding us.

She wanted this poem shared with all who loved her:
DO NOT STAND AT MY GRAVE AND WEEP,
I AM NOT THERE, I DO NOT SLEEP
I AM A THOUSAND WINDS THAT BLOW.
I AM THE SUNLIGHT ON RIPENED GRAIN.
I AM THE GENTLE AUTUMN RAIN.
WHEN YOU WAKE IN THE MORNING HUSH,
I AM THE SWIFT, UPLIFTING RUSH
OF QUIET BIRDS IN CIRCLING FLIGHT.
I AM THE SOFT STARLIGHT AT NIGHT.
DO NOT STAND AT MY GRAVE AND WEEP.
I AM NOT THERE, I DO NOT SLEEP.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    March 8, 2021 | 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    When
    March 8, 2021 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    Location
    Zohr Family Funeral Home -Renfrew
    Address
    85 Munroe Avenue East
    Renfrew, Ontario K7V 3K2
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Notes
    MASKS/ FACE COVERINGS ARE MANDATORY INSIDE THE FUNERAL HOME. PLEASE BRING YOUR OWN IF YOU HAVE ONE. MAINTAIN SOCIAL DISTANCING WITH ANYONE WHO IS NOT IN YOUR HOUSEHOLD.
  • Memorial Mass

    March 9, 2021 | 10:30am
    When
    March 9, 2021 10:30am
    Location
    St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church
    Address
    331 Plaunt Street South
    Renfrew, Ontario K7V 1N2
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Officiant
    Rev. Fr. Michael Coyne

Donations

Donations are being accepted for: RENFREW & DISTRICT FOOD BANK INC..

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Debbie and Mike Sul

Posted at 12:13pm
Dear Alanna, Peter, Lily and Anna's Family
Please accept our sincere condolences on the passing of this Special Lady. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this very difficult time. God Bless ~ Debbie and Mike Sul
JC

Jo-Anne Camelon

Posted at 10:24pm
Alanna, Peter and Anna’s Family.
So sorry for your loss. I go back to 1973 when Anna and Neil rented a tiny house to us in Calabogie. Very good people who cared about their tenants. Something I will always remember. May your many memories bring happiness to your heart.
Jo-Anne Camelon
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Faye Sullivan

Posted at 08:39pm
My deepest sympathy and condolences. Your family is in my thoughts and prayers.
SH

Sandi HEINS

Posted at 06:44pm
Alanna, Peter, Lily & all of Anna's family - My sincere sympathy - What a wonderful - full of energy - Kind & Caring Lady. My memories of her at the Golden Age Seniors Centre - always bringing a little something to contribute to our luncheons & her always wanting to help serve and clean up. She made us all feel so young. She was a Classy Lady -with a life well lived. God Speed our beautiful friend, you have earned your Angel Wings. May all the great memories warm your heart and bring a smile to your face.
Sandi Heins
MD

Michael Donohue

Posted at 04:46pm
Deepest sympathies to Alanna, Peter and Lily, and to the Swayze family on your loss. We will keep you in our thoughts and prayers
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