Anne (MacKenzie) Forbes
Anne died peacefully on 21 July 2019 in Fredericton NB. She
was predeceased by Robert, her husband of 73 years, her sister Alice
Gaukrodger (Bill), and her brother Murdoch (Lois). Anne is
survived by her sisters Mary Cormier(Leo), Saint John, and Jean Glass
(John), New Jersey; her three children, Ian (Debbie), British
Columbia; Bruce (Carol Ann), Florida; and Janet Forbes-Scott (Kevin),
Massachusetts; her grandchildren, Jack (Cassidy), Gregory, Alexander,
and Robin; and eighteen nieces and nephews.
The eldest of five children, Anne (known as Nan to her
family) was born in Fredericton in 1925 and grew up on the
Experimental Farm, where her father was the Assistant Superintendent.
In the 1920’s, the farm was well beyond the city limits, a
world unto itself did that much to shape Anne’s
Married in 1945, Anne’s academic carrier was cut
short after two years of university, but her innate intelligence,
fortitude, and spirt were on display throughout her life.
With Bob away for two years, pursuing an advanced degree in the US,
Anne singlehandedly managed the household in Sunshine Gardens,
including the care of two young boys and a baby girl, two student
boarders, and a wood-burning furnace that required round-the-clock
attention during the winter.
Anne’s talents were wide-ranging. An accomplished
seamstress and baker, and a keen bridge player, she was also the
mechanically-minded member of the Forbes household, whether
maintaining her sewing machine or repairing a broken kitchen
appliance. Although not necessarily a sportswoman, Anne was
a willing participant in skiing and golf. And amidst her busy life on
the home front, she found time to socialize with the ladies of Acacia
Court, research her family’s genealogy, and work at
UNB’s Harriet Irving Library for many years. She
was a lifelong member of St Paul’s United Church, and of the
United Church Women. In later life, Anne and Bob spent more
time at the Grand Lake cottage, and traveled extensively overseas and
within North America, visiting their grandchildren.
The family extends heartfelt thanks to the dedicated and
loving staff of Windsor Court Retirement Residence. A memorial service
will be held at St. Paul’s United Church, Fredericton NB, on
31 August at 2:00PM.
Nos plus sincères sympathies à la famille et aux amis de Anne MacKenzie Forbes 19252019..
Décès pour la Ville: Fredericton, Province: Nouveau-Brunswick