Ann Vera Andres of Abbotsford, B.C. passed away Oct. 1, 2001.
She was born Feb. 27, 1912 to Abram Dietrich and Susannah Rempel in Mitrofanovka, Russia.
In 1924 they immigrated to Main Centre, Sask., where her father served as a minister in Main Centre MB Church. She was baptized July 15, 1929 by her father and joined Main Centre MB Church.
In her teens, she moved to Saskatoon to help the family finances working as a maid.
She married Peter Andres, a teacher. Learning the value of education from her father, she completed grade 13 in her 20s and later studied to be a social worker at the University of British Columbia.
Shortly after World War II, they moved to Yarrow, B.C., where they joined Yarrow MB Church. In 1968 they moved to Abbotsford, joining Bakerview MB Church.
She was a social worker for almost 20 years, first in Chilliwack, B.C. and then in Abbotsford.
Retiring at 65, she continued working as a businesswoman, a notary public and a seniors' counsellor until age 86.
She loved the Lord and the church and saw her Christian life as one of service to others. She left a legacy of love to her children and those in need; respect to all, regardless of station, race or creed; and service to her Lord through service to others.
Predeceased by Peter in 1982, she is mourned by children Allison Thompson, Patty Archer, Peter, Ken and Garry; 7 grandchildren; 3 great-grandchildren; and 3 sisters.
The funeral was Oct. 12 in Bakerview MB Church, with Henry Thiessen ministering.