GRATTON, Anne June 1, 1936 ~ March 4, 2023
Peacefully at the Pembroke Regional Hospital, in her 87th year. Anne Gratton (nee Joyce), beloved wife of 62 years to Raymond Gratton and loving mother of Bernie (Mary Ann) and Paul (Helen). Caring grandmother of Lucy and John. Dear sister of Mary (Al) Benusis. Anne is predeceased by her parents Lawrence and Helen Joyce (nee Kilt) and by her brothers Bernard, Eddie (the late Jan), and John (Jacqueline).
Anne’s upbeat spirit and kind heart were always on display for all to see, and she will be greatly missed by many friends, neighbours and extended family. Anne and Ray enjoyed many years of retirement that included several driving trips to Florida and the southern United States. After living in Scarborough and raising their sons, Anne and Ray left the city in 1990, relocating to Ray’s birthplace of LaPasse, Ontario, a small community on the Ottawa River, where she particularly enjoyed ambling along in her paddle boat and playing cards with friends and neighbours.
Anne was an accomplished baker who regularly contributed her delectable homemade pies to the church supper fundraisers at Our Lady of Mount Carmel in La Passe. Ray and Anne enjoyed rural life and fresh air on the water’s edge until 2006, when they downsized and moved to an apartment in Pembroke. In those years, her longtime passion for crocheting and knitting led Anne to create thousands of children’s soft toy dolls, many of which she donated to charities and community centres, including those in the Philippines and Afghanistan. Anne’s handiwork and generosity endure as a legacy around the globe, whenever a child plays with one of her handmade dolls.
Anne was always sociable, enjoyed chatting about current events, and was an avid watcher of professional tennis on television. Although Anne’s health and mobility declined in recent years, she remained close with her family and kept in touch with several longtime friends. Her grandchildren have many fond memories of visits, funny stories, and laughs with “Grandma North”.
Thank you for all of the support and effort from care workers at Champlain Local Health Integration Network and Renfrew Community Paramedic, who regularly visited and supported Anne so she could age in place as per her wishes. As well, thank you to the kindhearted neighbours at Crandall Street and to Dr. Savoie and the staff at the Pembroke Hospital.
At Anne’s request, no funeral will take place. Cremation has occurred and her ashes will be buried in the Gratton family plot in La Passe on a date to be determined in the coming months. As an expression of sympathy, donations to the Our Lady of Mount Carmel CWL or the St. Joseph’s Food Bank in Anne’s name would be appreciated. Arrangements by the Neville Funeral Home, 491 Isabella St., Pembroke, ON, K8A 5T8 (613) 732-7481. Online condolences may be left at www.nevillefuneralhome.ca