It is with deep sorrow that her family announces the sudden passing of Elizabeth Anne Cole (nee Harlow) on Thursday May 20 after a brief illness.
Born in Saint John New Brunswick, Anne spent her childhood in Summerside PEI and Hantsport Nova Scotia graduating from Acadia University. Embarking on an adventure, Anne travelled to Lake Louise where she met her husband and lifelong partner, Charles Cole (Spike). After they married in 1967, Anne and Charlie settled in Toronto and then on to Aurora and Orillia.
Anne started her career as a secretary in downtown Toronto and she went on to banking and apparel finishing at Reebok Canada. After retirement, Anne and Charlie opened Cranberry House Bed and Breakfast where they hosted countless guests over a 20-year period. This provided opportunities to meet people from around the world leading to many lasting friendships.
Anne was full of energy and loved gardening, sewing, baking, decorating and was a crafty Euchre player. Anne loved searching for a bargain and her house is filled with treasures acquired at garage sales, auctions and antique stores. An accomplished artist, her paintings have hung proudly in galleries and businesses across Orillia. Anne loved to quilt, and she was pleased to see many people comforted from the cold with her designs. She was also very active in her community as volunteer at Soldier's Memorial Hospital, a member of the University Women's Club, a charter member of Probus, and the Monday Art Group.
One of her last acts was to support the daily 11:30 am celebrations (Socially Distanced) on Museum Drive in Leacock Village which helped many have something to look forward to during Covid. A lot of her best memories in retirement came from involvement in these many organizations.
Anne's life was focused on her family including husband Charlie, brother Jim, son Jonathan (Mary), daughter Darby (Jon), and grandchildren Grady and Dawson (Predeceased and loving that his Grammy is now with him). She was predeceased by her parents, Al and Bessie Harlow. She was completely devoted to her family and loved to surprise people with baking or thoughtful gifts. Her family was the center of her world and her frequent small acts of love will always be cherished.
Anne had true grit and a determined spirit as evidenced by getting both of her knees replaced at the same time. She was a treasure and will be greatly missed by her family and countless friends.
Due to Covid restrictions, it not possible to hold funeral services. As such, a celebration of life will be organized when we can meet safely to allow friends and family to say a final farewell. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the Soldier's Memorial Hospital Foundation. The family very much appreciates the kind words and condolences received during this difficult time. Arrangements entrusted to the Mundell Funeral Home, 79 West St., N., Orillia.