Ann Rushforth

Ann Rushforth

February 1, 1928 – March 9, 2014

In loving memory of Anne (Joy) Rushforth (also known as Anne Rushworth) who passed away peacefully on March 9, 2014 in Burnaby, BC at 86 years of age.

Along with her twin sister, Lois, Anne was the youngest of four children born to Ted and Ruth Farley in Schenectady, New York. When she was six, the family moved to Hamilton, Ontario, and Anne graduated from the Toronto Wellesley Hospital nursing program in 1950.

After graduating, Anne married twice and lived in Milwaukee, WI, St. Thomas, Ontario, and the lower Mainland, BC. She worked as a nurse and raised a family of four children. Then in 1973, she founded the Kenneth Gordon (Maplewood) School, a successful private school for dyslexic children, which has been running for more than 40 years.

Anne spent her later years in the interior BC Kootenay region, living at the Yasodhara Ashram, in Castlegar, Nakusp, Hills and finally Nelson. Anne was an avid bridge and Scrabble player, with a curious mind and a keen interest in the spiritual realm and paranormal phenomena. She learned and practised therapeutic massage, and fostered many orphaned animals for the SPCA over the years.

Anne is survived by her sister, Charlotte (Allan) Yeates, ex-husband, Bill Rushworth, her four children, Jane (Mike) Mancinelli, Tom, Vivian and Ken, nine grandchildren, one great grandchild and numerous nephews and nieces.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent in Anne’s name to the Kenneth Gordon Maplewood School, 420 Seymour River Place, North Vancouver, BC V7H 1S8 (Att’n: Carrie Baker). Donations received will be used to set up an award in Anne’s name to assist families with tuition costs. Condolences can be emailed to:

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