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Anne (Keenan) Hayles
May 8, 1948 ~ February 6, 2024 (age 75) 75 Years Old
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Anne Hayles (nee Keenan) passed away on Tuesday, February 6, 2024.
Anne was the eldest daughter of John and Ellen Keenan and the beloved wife of Sid Hayles. Born in Newcastle upon Tyne on May 8, 1948, this wee Geordie lass left an indelible mark on all the lives she touched.
Anne lived in Newcastle her whole life until she and Sid and their children, Vicki, and Colin, left for Canada in August 1989. She loved her Northern roots, and her formative years were shaped by being the big sister to her cherished siblings, Teresa, Judith, and Peter. The 4 siblings loved each other and were fiercely protective of one another. The siblings had a special bond between the 4 of them and Anne had a close and touching bond to each one individually.
Anne met her one true love, Sidney Hayles, in 1966. Forming an instant bond with his family she was loved as a daughter by Sidney and Doreen Hayles and had an incredible relationship with her sister-in-law Christine (Steven) McDonnell. They were married in 1969 and Anne got her greatest wish and became a mother for the first time in 1972, to her adored daughter Vicki. Then again in 1974, to her beloved son Colin. The family of 4 resided in Gosforth, in Newcastle until they undertook their biggest adventure as a family and moved across the Atlantic to Canada. They resided in Saint John, NB, and eventually drifted west to live in Calgary. In Calgary, her son Colin met his wife Jenny, who Anne welcomed into the family with unconditional love, and one of her biggest joys, her beloved and cherished grandson Harry, who was truly a light of her life and felt the same about her.
Anne was renowned for her love of family and friends. Never too busy for a chat, or a cuppa, especially if there was a cake or chocolate involved. She was a true matriarch and lynchpin of the family. Keeping everything in check, never missing a birthday or anniversary, and being the confidant of all. She loved unconditionally, forgave quickly, had a fast and fierce wit, and loved a joke. She could crack a joke and take a joke with the best of them. With Anne around laughter was sure to follow.
She will be remembered for her strength, her dignity, her love. She was humble, but not meek, and proud, but not prideful. Strong, and gentle.
She embodied the best of us and will be eternally missed by all who knew her. Loved by all, she was a phenomenal sister, the greatest mum ever, a truly loving and doting grandma, a special and one-of-a-kind aunt and great aunt, and the best friend many could wish for.
A Memorial Service will be held at Evan J Strong Funeral Services North (3625 12 St NE) on Wednesday, February 14, 2024, at 11:00 a.m. For those unable to attend in person, a live stream link will be available below or here.
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