A resident of Williamsburg for more than 25 years, Anne Allen Leal passed away at the Montfort Hospital in Ottawa on Monday, August 8, 2016.
She was just 77.
Anne was born prematurely in Quyon, Quebec, on August 5, 1939. Her parents Jack (John Joseph) and Ivy Hayes (nee Allen) were on holidays when she unexpectedly arrived. The family lived in Ottawa.
Growing up in the 1950s, Anne, like many women of her generation, found herself directed to the roles of wife and mother.
Married at 17 to Gordon Cormack Allen, and the mother of two before her 21st birthday, she was determined to find work that was satisfying and which paid well.
She had more than modest success.
In the 60s and 70s Anne was secretary to one of the country’s leading patent and trademark lawyers, the late Christopher Robinson. In the 70s and 80s, after her first husband died suddenly, she joined the public service. Soon afterwards she took a position as a non-partisan Ministerial Assistant.
Anne served under three successive Ministers of Employment and Immigration: Bud Cullen (Liberal), Ron Atkey (Conservative) and Lloyd Axworthy (Liberal).
Drawing on the contacts she made while in the government, she later joined and eventually ran the Political Affairs Office of Shell Oil in Ottawa.
But Williamburg beckoned.
When her time with Shell ended, she obtained her licence and then sold real estate locally for a number of years. It was in Williamsburg that she met and fell in love with Lavern Leal, whom she married 17 years ago, and who she now leaves behind.
Anne was active in the Williamsburg community.
She served on the Church Council at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, and was Chair for many years of the Williamsburg Community Cemetery Board.
Anne is survived by her husband Lavern, her children Michael Allen (Kelvin Browne) of Toronto and Paul Allen (Christine) of Richmond. She is also survived by her stepchildren Douglas Leal (Lynn) of Burks Falls, Michael Leal (Donna) of Sprucedale,
Susan Whitfield (Doug) of Huntsville and Jason Leal (Krista) of Oro Station.
She is survived by her siblings Doris Hills of Ottawa and Patrick Hayes of Toronto.
Anne will be fondly remembered by her grand children Zachary, Quinton, Kaitlyn, Shawn, Tiffany, Blake, Lauren, Ashley and Joseph. She will also be remembered by her great-grandchildren Jackson and Aaron.
Anne was predeceased by her sisters Shirley Farrer, Rita Fuglerod, Ruth LaRose, Joan March, Evelyn LaRose, Margaret Hayes, and by her brother, Thomas Irvine.
There are many nieces and nephews who happily recall their memories of “Auntie Meems.”
Friends called at Marsden and McLaughlin Funeral Home, Williamsburg, on Friday, August 12. Funeral Service was held at the Funeral Home on August 13, with the Rev. Norine Gullons officiating. Internment followed at Boucks Hill Cemetery.
Pall bearers were Michael Allen, Paul Allen, Quinton Allen, Zachary Allen, Douglas Leal, Michael Leal, Jason Leal and Joseph Whitfield.
Donations to the Williamsburg Community Cemetery Board would be gratefully acknowledged by the family.
Online condolences may be made at marsdenmclaughlin.com