Agnes WADE

Agnes WADE

Agnes Wade, nee Hiebert, born in Manitoba on July 29, 1924, passed away in Chilliwack on January 25, 2012, in the arms of family. She was predeceased by husband George, great-grandson Remi, parents Angenetha and Peter, 3 brothers, 2 sisters, 1 niece and 1 nephew.

Agnes is survived by her son Allan and his partner Cathy, 5 grandchildren (Andrew and his partner Becky, Darcy, Olivia, Nick & Hannah), 5 great-grandchildren (Owen, Dominic, Draven, Peru & Kaydriel), 2 sisters (Helen & Dorothy), 3 brothers (John, Henry & Willie) and numerous other family members.

Fun-loving and fiercely independent, Agnes dedicated herself to the service of others and drew inspiration from her friends and family. A member of the Royal Canadian Legion, Ladies Auxiliary, Branch 4, she worked tirelessly for many local groups and causes. In 2006, Agnes received the Meritorious Service Award for her outstanding work supporting veterans and their families. She proudly carried the flag for Remembrance Day and other occasions.

For many years Agnes worked at Bata Shoes and Klassen jewelry, where she enjoyed providing friendly and efficient service to her customers, many of whom became friends.

Agnes lived the Christian faith. After the death of her husband George, she found comfort and community among friends at the Chilliwack United Church, and enjoyed working at the soup kitchen.

Agnes lived through the great depression in a close-knit and loving prairie family. She left school at an early age, to work, then moved west and married a career soldier, George. They raised their son, Allan, with unerring wisdom and love, and worked hard to secure him a future.

Agnes shared a passionate love affair with her grandchildren, who have grown to become caring and thoughtful adults and will pass on the values Agnes cherished: love of family, devotion to community, hard work for its own sake (followed by a cool beer), and respect for others.

Despite a recent stroke, Agnes lived independently until her death, thanks to the remarkable support of friends and the devotion of her younger sister, Helen Isaac.

Agnes won our last game of crib. Down by twenty, she came up with an eighteen-point hand and joyfully pegged in. Typical. Mom, you are with us always.

Service will be held 1:30 Friday, February 3rd, at Chilliwack United Church, followed by tea. In lieu of flowers, please donate to the Royal Canadian Legion Ladies Auxiliary, Branch 4, Chilliwack, Chilliwack United Church, or the organization of your choice.

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