Peacefully, with her family by her side, at the Talarico Personal Care home in Castlegar, British Columbia on June 7, 2011. Annie passed away at the age of 86 after a lengthy battle with respiratory illness. She was born on September 18, 1924 to Alfred and Sarah Ann MILLIGAN in Montreal, Quebec. Annie was the third of four children having both an older brother (Alfred) and sister (Marguerite). She also had a younger brother (Harry). All of her siblings and her parents had predeceased her.
Annie attended Strathern High School in Montreal and completed her education at Sullivan College of Business Management. She began working in Montreal at the Department of Munitions and Supply. With the conclusion of the Second World War, she was employed at Fashion Magazine where she worked both as an executive secretary and occasionally as a fashion model. In 1949 she married her husband of 32 years, Barney Forster, at Centenary United Church in Montreal. They continued to reside in Pointe Ste Charles in Montreal while they constructed a home in the rural setting of East Greenfield where both their families had previously resided. Upon completion of the home, they lived in East Greenfield another 25 years.
On January 16, 1951 Annie and Barney were blessed with the arrival of a son, Blair. New Years Eve of 1956 was celebrated with the arrival of a daughter, Margaret Ann. Annie was a stay at home mom and home manager until she determined to use her entrepreneurial skills to begin a family business, opening Wesley Hardware. The business underwent several changes finally becoming a successful General Store that was sold in the early 70’s. Annie took the opportunity to work for a year for the Department of Veterans Affairs in Ottawa in 1975 while Margaret Ann attended Carlton University.
After Barney’s passing in 1981, Annie moved to Sarnia, Ontario. She remained in Sarnia where she made many friends, enjoyed the company of her family, and assisted with the care of her mother.
In 1987 Annie moved to Red Deer, Alberta to be closer to son Blair’s family; his wife Irene and grandchildren, Myles and Kahlie Forster. She lived in Red Deer until 2003 when she elected to move to Castlegar, British Columbia to be closer to daughter Margaret-Ann’s family; husband Anthony and grandson Leigh Creegan. She began living at Castlewood Manor where she again made many friends and which was her residence at the time of her death.
Annie is survived by, and leaves to cherish their many loving and happy memories, her son Blair and his family, Irene, Myles, and Kahlie and her daughter Margaret-Ann and her family, Anthony and Leigh.