Dorothy was born in Vernon, B.C, one of six children. Anne spent her early childhood in Lavington, before moving into their ancestral house in the Coldstream which is located at the northern end of Kalamalka Lake, on Husband road. Anne enrolled to the Royal Jubilee Hospital Nursing school, graduating in 1953.

While raising 3 children with Don in Cordova Bay, Anne enjoyed her passion for gardening, walking, and hiking. Anne also spent many hours tending to her vegetable garden, her rock garden, and picking berries from around the neighborhood. In her spare time, Anne was a published author of three history books and an avid supporter of cheering on either her children or grandchildren at any sporting event.

Anne (and Don) traveled to the USA, England, France, and Italy to enjoy the artwork, food, history, scenery, and using their newly acquired language for that region. Preceded in death by her parents, one brother, two sisters, and husband Don. She is survived by her son Douglas, daughters Patricia (Lorne), Dianne, sisters Sue and June (Gus), five grandchildren, and numerous great-grandchildren. Anne was cremated per her wishes. Spreading of ashes and service will be announced in the future.

Condolences may be offered to the family below.

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  • Anne Boldt

    We are submitting a group message from a collection of volunteers in the Royal Jubilee Hospital School of Nursing (RJHSofN) Archives.
    Anne was a Septmeber ’53 graduate of RJHSofN. She wrote a 203 page book called THE ROYAL JUBILEE HOSPITAL SCHOOL OF NURSING 1891-1982. It is a RED covered book.

    A.Christensen, J’72 ” We were daily thankful for the work she had done. It was a colossal job and she looked ahead as well as back. A very wise woman and I’m so proud she was a Jubilee grad”.

    A.Sims, J’71 “I appreciated her work with the RJHSofN Archives which lives on, primarily, with the Royal B.C. Museum to honour our School of Nursing history and the contribution to nursing at the Royal Jubilee Hospital”.

    W.Cooper, J’63 “Anne and her RED book gave us so much to be grateful for”.

    S.Higgins, J’63 ” RJHSofN was and still is blessed with her writing of well researched nursing history”.

    D.Schwartz, J’73 ” My condolences to her family”.

    D.Nugent, S’67 “As we walk along the path of life we touch many lives. Anne certainly did that. In the Archives her RED book was our bible. We were so lucky to have had a woman in our midst with such a keen desire to preserve our history”.

    B.Johnson, “Anne was our go-to authority”.

    B.Ridout, J’68 “Anne’s book on RJHSofN and ‘Sea-Lake’ are 2 well read and referrenced books in my library. Both so pertinent to my life profession and my 45 years of living in Cadboro bay”.

    M.Lewis, S’50 ” The RED book was an invaluable resource for me when I catalogued the Nursing School graduates’ obituaries”.

    S.Anderson, J’53 “Anne worked so hard on that book and gave so much of her time to the Alumnae in putting it together. It has been a book on my shelf that has been frequently used as a a reference”.

    J.Jeffery, S’74 “I recognize and appreciate Anne’s hard work. Her work will live on and be appreciated by all who peruse her book. The RED book was such a valuable resource while working in the Archives. One of the Instructors from Camosun College had some of her classes tour the Archives and suggested they purchase the book from the Hospital Gift Shop.” ( Copies of the RED book are still available for sale in the Hospital Gift Shop – 2020)

    A.Reeson, J’74 ” The RED book was very important to my cataloguing work with the obituaries of the graduates”.

    L.Boon, S’71 ” Anne Pearson’s fascinationg history of the RJHSofN paints a detailed, descriptive picture of the the history of the Nursing School, its students, graduates and Instructors. Her thoroughly researched account reflects not only the changes in nursing practice and education but the changing role of women, medical practises and social norms. Full of pictures, student and graduate nurse’s personal stories and anecdotes of their hardships and rewards, Anne’s history is the go-to bible for the school and hospital changes over the years, as well as a reference for researchers and graduate descendants eager to learn more about their family member. Her chronicle of our School of Nursing is Anne Pearson’s perpetual invaluable legacy and a priceless gift. As an RJHSofN grad and former Archive volunteer I am proud to be Anne’s Alumnae”.

    A.Boldt, J’72 ” Although I never met Anne, I referred to her RED book on a weekly basis when I was the keeper of the RJHSofN data base for 10+ years. I could not have done my job without her famous RED book. Thank you Anne!”.

  • Anne and Tom Wilkinson

    For Anne’s family:

    We met Anne through St David by the Sea Anglican Church in which she and Don were very active in many ways – Spring Fairs, Fall Bazaars, Christmas lunches, the gardens, and buildings. A super, friendly couple, both dearly missed.

    Anne’s book Sea+Lake anchored us in our love of the strong community of Cordova Bay, to which both contributed so much. We loved, and learned from, another of Anne’s passions – gardening.

    Anne’s death was announced at the church service on Sunday when her and Don’s contribution to the church and community were briefly reviewed.

    Our condolences are given for your loss of a beautiful woman.

    Anne and Tom

  • Gwen MacPherson

    To Anne’s family:

    Anne was an active member of the Cordova Bay community for many years. She and Don attended St. David’s Church, and she was always part of the children’s activities. The last time I saw her was at Don’s memorial gathering back in 2014. Her book, “Sea-Lake,” which I typed for her back in the early 80’s, has become the “go to” book for historical information about the Cordova Bay and Elk Lake areas.

    Please accept my sincere condolences – Anne will be missed by so many.

  • Barbara Waldner

    I was so sorry to see that Anne has passed away. She was a lovely, gentle woman with many talents. I convey my sincere sympathy to all the family. She will be remembered fondly by all who knew her.

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    Ellen & Peter Goddard

    To Ann’s family, please accept our deepest condolences for your loss.


    Ellen & Peter Goddard

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