Anne Bryce of Strathclair, MB passed away at the age of 98 on March 19, 2019 at the Shoal Lake-Strathclair Health Center with family by her side.
Anne was born February 21, 1921 near Gretna, MB to Jacob and Margaret (Reimer) Schellenberg. She moved to Winnipeg and worked in Eaton's for a time. On August 10, 1946 she married Cecil Franklin Bryce of Strathclair and they lived in Winnipeg while he worked at the University of Manitoba. They moved to Strathclair to farm, and raised four sons. Anne kept a huge garden and baked daily to keep up to the demands of a growing family. She was Cecil's right hand man on the farm, working with him much of the time. In his last years Anne was a loving care-giver to him.
Anne was predeceased by her parents, her sister Margaret and brother Edward, and her husband Cecil.
Anne is lovingly remembered by her children: Gerald of Brandon; Brian and his wife Rhonda of Saskatoon; Owen and his wife Jody of Strathclair; and Colin and his wife Michele of Regina. She is loved and always remembered by her grandchildren: Jordan Bryce of Brandon; Kristin and Tyler Letkeman of Brandon; Janna and Terrell Wiebe of Gretna; and Elijah and Kiah Bryce of Saskatoon and by her great-grandchildren: Violet, Oliver and Spencer Letkeman and Rowan Wiebe.
Anne is also survived by her sisters, Matilda Bryce of Shoal Lake and Joyce Schellenberg of Winnipeg and her sister-in-law Lola Currah of Brandon, as well as many nieces and nephews.
Anne loved nature and enjoyed walking and gardening. She had a green thumb and always had thriving plants both indoors and out. Her love of coffee and chocolate is legendary, as is her enjoyment of Scrabble and doing puzzles. More important to Anne were her family and friends who were always greeted with a “Come on in! The weather's fine!” and an offer of coffee and her signature chocolate cake or macaroons. Anne loved teas at the Community Centre, attending the Strathclair Drama Club productions and Theatre Chorus performances and served on the Hospital Aid. Young at heart, Anne loved a good laugh and took sincere interest in the lives of everyone she knew. A faithful attender of Strathclair Baptist Church, Anne served in many capacities: in leadership of the Mission Circle, as a Sunday School teacher, a leader at an after-school girls' club, and as a helper at Y-Team and Vacation Bible School. She was known to be a “prayer warrior” and many benefited from her concerted prayers on their behalf. Anne's faith in Jesus as her Saviour guided her in her daily life: her patience, kindness and supportive personality were evidence of this. She served Him faithfully all her days and could say with the Apostle Paul, “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.” (2 Timothy 4: 7)
Strathclair Baptist Church Mission Circle
199 Veterans Way, Strathclair MB R0J 2C0