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ANNAN, Margaret Annan   - July 16, 1928 - September 11, 2019 

It is with deep sadness Melissa and her son Nash announce the peaceful passing of Margaret (Marg) Elizabeth (Gentle) Annan, at the age of 91, wife of the late Donald Charles (2008)

Margaret was the beloved mother of daughter Melissa-Jane, grandmother of Nash, mother to Douglas, mother-in-law to Ellen, grandmother to Taylor, Brooke and Grace.

She was the daughter of the late James and Gladys Gentle of Parkdale, Toronto. Margaret was sister to the late Gordon (Dorothy), Ronald (Survived by Deen) and Eleanor (George Benson) and daughter-in-law of the late Francis Hamilton Smales (Annan). “Beautiful Auntie Margaret” will also be remembered fondly by Don (Jackie), Jim, Craig (Carolyn), Rhonda (Herman) and Gary (Cecilia).

Marg lived a full and storied life. She grew up on Maplegrove Ave. in Parkdale, Toronto and in her later years the family moved to Ashbury Ave.  Marg worked for the CNR until she was 33 years old, allowing her to travel across Canada and the U.S.A. and live for a brief time in Montreal. She left the company after meeting the love of her life, Pickering Farmer, Don Annan. Their connection was instantaneous and two and half months after meeting, the couple wed on March 17, 1962, and bought Valley Farm.

The city girl with city style and stunning aqua blue eyes, transitioned easily to country living and family became the biggest part of her life. In 1963, she became mother to Melissa and Douglas in 1968.

In 1985, after several years of working together, Marg and her daughter, Melissa, opened Garbo’s Boutique in Downtown Whitby.

Don farmed until his retirement in 1988. They then bought a condo in Hallandale Florida and happily became Snowbirds. They met wonderful friends and for the first time in their married life, had the freedom to travel, not having the responsibility of a farm. This was one of the most relaxing and happiest times of their lives.

The family would like to thank the Central East LHIN, VHA Home Health, the caring PSWs, Shamini Elangeethan RPN and Dr. L. Pedretti, for assisting Melissa and Nash in the past six months and giving Marg a dignified, peaceful passing surrounded by love. We also want to thank our friends and family for all of their love. We are forever grateful.

All are welcomed to attend a visitation at the McEachnie Funeral Home, Ajax, on Tuesday September 24, 2019 from 2-4 & 7-9 pm. Funeral Mass to be held at ST. BERNADETTES CHURCH (21 Bayly St. E. Ajax) on Wednesday September 25, 2019 at 11am. Celebration of life to follow.

In lieu of flowers, the family kindly requests donations to Durham Region Hospice https://durhamregionhospice.ca/.

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