Ottawa legend Ann Crain passes away after 103 years

Ottawa legend Ann Crain passes away after 103 years
Posted on December 5, 2013 | Helen O'Grady | Written on December 5, 2013
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Ann Crain, the mother of my good friend Sue Halpenny will be sorely missed. Here is her obitruary...

CRAIN, Ann Fellowes
(nee MacCallum)

Ann Crain died peacefully on December 2, 2013 in her 103rd year in the loving presence of her family at the Westwood Retirement Home. God has answered her prayers and she is now at peace.

 
Ann was born in New Richmond, Quebec to The Reverend W.B. and Christie MacCallum. Her childhood years were spent in Shawville, Quebec and Maxville, Ontario where her father was a minister of the Presbyterian Church. At the age of 17, Ann moved to Ottawa to take a business course and share an apartment with a bevy of girls from the country. Ann met Harold Crain on a blind date and was soon whisked off to the Big Rideau Lake where, following their marriage, she spent 80 happy summers.
 
Ann and Harold raised two daughters, Suzanne and Christie. In time their marriages to Keith Halpenny and Brian Cass brought seven grandchildren: Katherine, Peter, Christie and Amy Halpenny and David, Geoffrey and Matthew Cass- and thirteen great- grandchildren. Ann was predeceased by her brothers Alister, Sam, Ross and Harry MacCallum, her sisters Isobel Cummings and Helen Dawson and her sister-in-law and best friend, Marion MacCallum. She will also be missed by many nieces and nephews.
 
Ann was a fine pianist. Although she wasn't given the opportunity to study towards a professional career, she performed regularly until a few weeks ago to the delight of family and friends. She played the classics and had a fine sense of interpretation of music of her era. Ann was also generous with her time and abilities, spending many years volunteering for the Civic Hospital Auxiliary, St. Andrew's Church, and Women of Rotary.
 
Many individuals and organizations benefited from her philanthropy. Despite her diminutive stature (in her high heels she was all of five feet), Ann packed a wallop. She will be remembered by many friends for her feisty nature and her fun-loving spirit. The family would like to thank her warm and kind care givers over the past several months and the many friends who visited and sent cards.
 
There will be visitation at the Hulse, Playfair and McGarry Central Chapel on Friday, Dec. 6 from 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. The Funeral will be held at St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church at Kent and Wellington on Saturday, December 7, 2013 at 11 a.m.
 
In lieu of flowers, a donation to the Rotary Home Foundation, 823 Rotary Way, Ottawa, ON K1T 3W6, the DAC Foundation for people with special needs c/o Scotia Trust Foundations, 130 King St. W. Toronto, ON M5X 1K1 or the Memorial Fund at St. Andrew's Church, 82 Kent St., Ottawa, ON K1P 5N9 would be gratefully appreciated.
CRAIN, Ann Fellowes
(nee MacCallum)
Ann Crain died peacefully on December 2, 2013 in her 103rd year in the loving presence of her family at the Westwood Retirement Home. God has answered her prayers and she is now at peace. Ann was born in New Richmond, Quebec to The Reverend W.B. and Christie MacCallum. Her childhood years were spent in Shawville, Quebec and Maxville, Ontario where her father was a minister of the Presbyterian Church. At the age of 17, Ann moved to Ottawa to take a business course and share an apartment with a bevy of girls from the country. Ann met Harold Crain on a blind date and was soon whisked off to the Big Rideau Lake where, following their marriage, she spent 80 happy summers. Ann and Harold raised two daughters, Suzanne and Christie. In time their marriages to Keith Halpenny and Brian Cass brought seven grandchildren: Katherine, Peter, Christie and Amy Halpenny and David, Geoffrey and Matthew Cass- and thirteen great- grandchildren. Ann was predeceased by her brothers Alister, Sam, Ross and Harry MacCallum, her sisters Isobel Cummings and Helen Dawson and her sister-in-law and best friend, Marion MacCallum. She will also be missed by many nieces and nephews. Ann was a fine pianist. Although she wasn't given the opportunity to study towards a professional career, she performed regularly until a few weeks ago to the delight of family and friends. She played the classics and had a fine sense of interpretation of music of her era. Ann was also generous with her time and abilities, spending many years volunteering for the Civic Hospital Auxiliary, St. Andrew's Church, and Women of Rotary. Many individuals and organizations benefited from her philanthropy. Despite her diminutive stature (in her high heels she was all of five feet), Ann packed a wallop. She will be remembered by many friends for her feisty nature and her fun-loving spirit. The family would like to thank her warm and kind care givers over the past several months and the many friends who visited and sent cards. There will be visitation at the Hulse, Playfair and McGarry Central Chapel on Friday, Dec. 6 from 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. The Funeral will be held at St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church at Kent and Wellington on Saturday, December 7, 2013 at 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, a donation to the Rotary Home Foundation, 823 Rotary Way, Ottawa, ON K1T 3W6, the DAC Foundation for people with special needs c/o Scotia Trust Foundations, 130 King St. W. Toronto, ON M5X 1K1 or the Memorial Fund at St. Andrew's Church, 82 Kent St., Ottawa, ON K1P 5N9 would be gratefully appreciated. - See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/ottawacitizen/obituary.aspx?pid=1683333...

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Helen O'Grady is the mother of James O'Grady and wife of the late Jim O'Grady. Currently retired, she practiced social work for many years in Ottawa in private practice and then later with the Department of Community... More