Anastasia “Ann” Southern


SOUTHERN, Anastasia “Ann” (nee Gartner)

It is with great sadness and much love that we say goodbye to our beloved mother who passed away November 21, 2015 at the age of 79.

She will be forever remembered by her husband of 43 years Jim; daughter Tammy and her husband Chris; son Tom and their dear pets Ila, Maverick and Bobbi; remaining sisters: Helen, Rosaline, Augustine; two brothers: Paul (Donna), Edwin (Vicki); as well as numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and dear friends. Ann was predeceased by her parents Adam and Rosa Gartner; four sisters: Bergetta, Lillian, Leona and Anna Mary.

A Memorial Service will be held on Friday, December 4, 2015 at 1:30 pm at Strathearn United Church. Cremation has taken place.

The family wishes to express their sincere gratitude to Dr. Sandhu, the Hematology Ward at U of A Hospital during the treatment phase of her (AML) Leukemia, also St. Joseph’s Palliative Hospice Unit for their kindness, care and support shown to our mother, Ann during her time there.

Our mother’s life was greatly extended after her Leukemia diagnosis by the gift of blood and blood donors. Quite literally the gift of Life. For those inclined please consider becoming a blood donor in her honour ( or give monetary donation in her name to Canadian Blood Services, (

Memorial donations in Ann Southern’s honour may be made specifically to a fundraising effort by her daughter, Tammy, to run a marathon with proceeds going to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of Canada in Ann Southern’s honor.
*please see link for details:
Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of Canada

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Tiff, Court & family

To Tom and family – our hearts and thoughts are with you in this difficult time and we will do our best to donate blood (and recruit) donors in your Mom’s honour.

Ron & Brenda Kallio

Ron & Brenda Kallio purchased the “Peaceful White Lilies Basket” for the family of Anastasia “Ann” Southern.

Love Debbie, and Alan

Love Debbie, and Alan purchased the “Beautiful in Blue” for the family of Anastasia “Ann” Southern.

Larry and Terruy

Personal friends Larry and Terry Lofstrand would like to send out condolences to the family. She was a wonderful person and we have many memories of her visiting us. Ann you will truly be missed. Rest in Peace Ann! You were beautiful inside and out!

lillian Roguski

I remember walking into your hospital room last year, Aunty Annie, and you had your eyes closed but your fingers and your toes were just a rocking back and forth. You were listening to Johnny Reid. You told me that your Doctor came in and asked you “what in the world were you doing?” You said, ‘get out of here, I am listening to Johnny Reid.” The Doctor didn’t know who Johnny Reid was so he asked to hear the music. He listened to Johnny’s song ‘Dance with Me’ and was very moved by it and said he was going home and playing this song for his wife and he was going to dance with her and thanked you for being you and sharing this music with him. Just so you know, Mel & I listened to Johnny Reid once again last night but we didn’t dance, we miss you.

Larry & Annette Tronnes

We are so very sorry for your loss..Auntie Annie was such a beautiful person..always there for all who needed her…always positive… just a beautiful lady we were so fortunate to call to are in our thoughts and prayers..xoxox Annette and Larry Tronnes

Thomas Southern

*Should be in the Edmonton Journal
Monday,November 30th for those wondering…

Fran Kuori

This was so your Mom, she loved her flower garden and always worked hard in it.

Carla Rufiange

Tamatha I’m truly sorry for your loss. I know how difficult this time has been for you. I’m thinking about you and your family.

Carla Rufiange


“Gracious Lavender Basket” was purchased for the family of Anastasia “Ann” Southern.

Corine Ferguson

Tammy & family-
Just learned of your dear mom’s passing and wanted to extend my sincere condolences to you and Chris, your dad, and brother Tom on such a sad loss for your family. Your mom always had such an engaging smile, sense of mischief and positive friendly way about her in her exchanges with others. I can remember running in to her at church a few times and while I did not see her often, she was always bubbly to talk to and happy to catch up and share updates about all you were doing.

As a mom, I know she always enjoyed cooking dinners and hosting events for all of you- even though it often meant a lot of work which I know you all hoped she’d not take on, but as is often the case with “moms” just seemed the kind of thing that gave her great joy in doing for all of you.

No doubt your family will truly miss her fun and jovial “spirit”- especially in light of the holidays just around the corner knowing how she used to like hosting open house on Christmas Eve… keeping you all in thought and hoping you all take comfort in knowing she is no longer suffering and at peace.

In friendship,
Corine Ferguson

Liz Kykosz

Ann was a wonderful woman with a generous heart. She was my Mom (Gay Powery’s) best friend and a 2nd mother to me and my siblings. I’m was also blessed to call her my friend. You will be deeply missed Ann. May you rest in peace. To Tammy, Chris, Tommy, Jim and Ann’s extended family I’m so sorry for your loss and may you all find comfort in great memories of Ann. Best regards, Liz Kykosz (Powery).


Mel / Kandie Hollman and Family purchased the Blue Caribbean Bouquet for the family of Anastasia “Ann” Southern.


You have taught us so much and given our family so many memories. We will always treasure your kindness, and your wicked sense of humor; but mostly your special gift of loving everyone of us with all your heart. We always could count on you when we needed you. You faced your illness with the same good grace you always had, made us laugh in spite of everything, and still were concerned about everyone else. We love you and are honored to call you Aunty Annie
and share this deep sorrow with Uncle Jim, Tammy & Chris and Tom.

Fran Kuori

Anne and I first met in 1964 where we both worked in the RAH operating room and we have been best of friends ever since, memories there are so many I wouldn’t know where to begin and most of them good. Anne you are forever and ever in my heart.
May you rest in peace and free of pain and I know there will be another angel in heaven looking down on us.
Jim, Tommy, Tammy and Chris my thoughts and prayers are with you in this difficult time.

Janice Sheaga

I will miss the great Mother’s Day celebrations and all the wonderful Christmas’s we spent together . I will truly miss your great smile at the family functions. love you

Nancy Desjarlais-Hollman

Aunt Annie, you will always have a place in my heart:heartpulse: another beautiful Angel added to gods kingdom. Rest in Peace:pray:

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