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Anne Mary (Simala) Rae

January 16, 1938 ~ July 16, 2020 (age 82)


   It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Anne Rae at the Crowsnest Pass Continuing Care Centre, Blairmore, AB on July 16, 2020.  She was 82 years of age.

   Anne was born in Cowley, AB on January 16, 1938 to parents Helen and John Simala.  From a young age, she was a kind, nurturing individual who enjoyed taking care of those around her.  These traits served her well over the years, especially in her roles as a wife and mother, over her forty-one-year career as an elementary school teacher, and as a breeder of dogs and birds.

   In addition to enjoying a variety of hobbies such as reading, doing crafts and woodworking, Anne was a very social person.  She loved visiting with people, supporting her students by attending their hockey games, and was always delighted to receive postcards.  Anne’s generous, caring disposition will be deeply missed and she will be remembered with love and respect.         

   Left to mourn her passing and celebrate her life is her brother, John (Betty) Simala; her grandson, Joel Smith; her brothers-in-law, Ray Walker, Gordon Walker, Stewart Walker and Eric Walker; her niece, Joanne (Steve) Simala-Grant; her niece and caregiver, Lori (Lyle) Stella; her great nephew, Thomas; her great nieces, Paige and Brie; as well as her extended family and many friends.

   She was predeceased by her husband, Don Rae (aka: Lloyd Walker); her parents, Helen and John Simala; and her daughter, Brenda Lee Rae Walker.

   A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.  Memorial donations will be gratefully accepted by A Better Chance Animal Rescue (PO Box 1034, Pincher Creek, AB T0K 1W0), or the Horace Allen School Breakfast Program (PO Box 400, Coleman, AB T0K 0M0).  Condolences may be registered at

Fantin’s Funeral Chapel entrusted with the arrangements.  (403) 562-8555

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Celebration of Life will be held at a later date

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