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Saturday November 17, 2012

(nee Benson)

Born in Ottawa October 31, 1928. Lived in Shawinigan, Montreal and Toronto. Died in Ottawa November 9, 2012.
  Anne lived a full and interesting life fulfilling many roles but always on her own terms. She was a wife and widow, sister, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother and will be greatly missed by her family and friends. Although diminished in her final years by dementia, Anne lived her life driven by intense curiosity. Nothing escaped her notice or her judgment. There was no doubt when one had crossed the line for her glare was legendary. She was also quick to find humour and laughed easily at herself and at life. Born to a family that prized knowledge and education, Anne was proud to represent the third generation of women to study at university (receiving her BSc in biochemistry from McGill in 1949). She was a polymath who read voraciously and approached everything in life with scientific passion; be it the household arts at which she excelled, or music, gardening and travel which she loved. She continued to read widely until the end and her legacy to her family will remain: ''Look it up if you don't know it''.
  There will be no service. The family asks that you remember Anne in whatever way holds the most significance to you.

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