Elnora Anne GARDNER

Elnora Anne GARDNER


Daughter, sister, mother, nurse, wife, aunt, friend, Noranne, Nan, Annie, Anne.

Anne Gardner, born July 24, 1940 in Trochu, Alberta, passed away March 29, 2008 in White Rock, British Columbia.

She leaves behind husband Edward, daughters Colleen and Shannon Cochrane, of Calgary, parents Fay and Henry Greig, of Trochu, brothers Chuck (Myrtle) Greig & family of High River, Dale (Maureen) Greig of Barrhead, sister Evelyn (George) Zaklan & family of Surrey, Ed’s family Vicky (Dale) Baxandall & family, Rob (Terri) Gardner & family, Nancy Barnes & family.

Noranne attended all of her grade school in Trochu, then graduated from the Calgary General Hospital as a registered nurse in 1961. Anne married Brian Cochrane in 1961 and moved to Pincher Creek where she worked at the hospital. Both of her daughters were born in Pincher Creek. In 1972 she returned to work as a full time psych nurse at the Calgary General. In 1980 she moved to Richmond. Anne married Ed in 1981, their love and commitment to each other was evident to all they encountered. She stayed in psychiatry and worked at UBC and Peace Arch hospitals until her retirement in 2004. She traveled extensively, played the piano, badminton, danced and sang. The birds and rabbits in the backyard were a constant source of enjoyment.

Her attitude and outlook was positive to the end, never varying from her life long desire to care about others. She took the time to make sure those around her would be taken care of and always had a “thank you so much” for those caring for her.

In lieu of flowers, donations please to the BC Cancer Foundation.

Arrangements through Prairie Winds of Trochu. The service will be held at 2:00 pm Friday, April 4, 2008 at St. Paul’s United Church, Trochu. A memorial celebration will be held at Victory Memorial Park of Surrey at 1:00 pm Monday, April 14, 2008.

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