General News · 18th May 2010
There will be a celebration of Anna’s life at Manson’s Hall, Sunday May 23rd at 2pm
Anna Kathleen St. Keverne Stranan (Gregg) (nee Hill)
September 5, 1942 – May 4, 2010
Anna, Mum, Granna-Anna passed away peacefully at home surrounded by loved ones with the birds singing outside her window. The world has lost a great teacher, artist, wife, mother, grandmother, daughter, sister and friend.
Anna was predeceased by her father Peter and her sister Jenny. She is survived by her loving husband Alois, her mother Kathleen, sons Tom (Chloe) and Simon (Elise), grandchildren Ruben, Mia and Kai, brothers Kip (Mary) and Jan (Mary), sisters Kolly (Ken) and Angie (David), and many loving nieces, nephews, and extended family and friends.
Anna was born in Paignton, England the second of six children. When she was five her family moved to Tocopilla, Chile for five years before moving to British Columbia. She received her degree in education from UBC in 1967. After travelling through Europe and North Africa, Anna lived in Roberts Creek where her first son was born. In 1972 they moved to Cortes Island where she continued to live her life creatively. For 38 years she was a teacher, friend and mentor to many and inspired students in the arts, French and cooking. She was an extraordinary teacher and artist, treating all of her students as though they were her own children. In 1978 they welcomed their second son to their home on Beasley Road and in 1984 Anna began her travels with her boys through South Africa, Chile and Mexico. In 1992 Anna married Alois, and they began an 18 year adventure together travelling through much of BC and the world.
Fifteen years ago Anna fulfilled a dream and with the help of Alois created and opened the Barefoot Gallery. She loved being surrounded by art and entertained many with tea and cookies in the gallery. She had great passion for different cultures, art, food, music, drama and life. Anna filled her home with love and colour and laughter.