The family of Anna (Ankie) Ali Epp are deeply Saddened to announce her passing at the age of 94 years.
Ankie was born December 14, 1926 in Middelburg, Netherlands to Nicolas and Tryntje van Gorkum. During the post-war cleanup in Holland, Ankie met Peter Epp, who was working with MCC. On March 2, 1948, in Leiden, Netherlands, Peter and Ankie were married. She left her country and parents to follow Peter to Canada where they began farming in Chin, Alberta. A few years later they moved to Vauxhall, AB to continue farming and raise a family.
She will be dearly missed by her seven children: Ron (Val) Epp, Laurence (Peggy) Epp, Ed Epp, Vergil (Joy) Epp, Evelyn (George) Culshaw, Carol (Harry) Wall and Loretta (Manuel) Kindt. She was a huge part of the lives of all her 17 grandchildren, their spouses; her 28 great-grandchildren; and 2 great-great-grandchildren. She is predeceased by her husband, Peter; her daughter-in-law, Marge Epp; grandson, Garth Epp; great-granddaughter, Clair Epp; great-great-grandson, Brody Cartwright.
Ankie was a loving wife and mother. She lived a life of serving others and was very active in her church and Bible study groups. She was an adventurous woman, who loved to travel and experience new things with her family and friends.
Family will be gathering for a private Funeral Service at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, November 1, 2021 at the Coaldale MB Church, 2114 18 Street. For those who wish, live streaming will be available through the following link, bit.ly/coaldalemblive; or by visiting www.generationsfh.ca and scrolling to the bottom of Ankie’s obituary. At approximately 2:00 p.m., following the Funeral Service, friends and family are invited to gather for the Graveside Committal at the old Mennonite Brethren Church Cemetery near Vauxhall, AB. Due to COVID restrictions, no refreshments will be served.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Mennonite Central Committee, www.mcc.org.
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