Obituary of Annie Alice McLeod née Noddin
It is with great sadness that the family of Annie Alice McLeod announce her passing at the Doctor Everett Chalmers Hospital on Thursday February 16th, 2023, at the age of 94. Born September 17th, 1928, on Pleasant Ridge, she was the daughter of Granville and Priscilla (Whittier) Noddin. She was predeceased by her siblings Vivian, Lillian, Caroline Minerva, Sidney, and Leslie, her husband George, and children Patricia, Joseph, Richard, and Peter. Annie is survived by her daughter Tanya Hiew and husband Fon; grandchildren Ryan George McLeod, Mitchell Manzer, Robert Monroe, Dacia Lynn Charlie, Kalian, Kaiden, and Tianna Hiew, as well as many great grandchildren, nieces, and nephews.
Starting work at the tender age of thirteen at the Milltown Cotton Mill and as a housemaid for the elderly in Saint Andrews, Annie began to gather the skills she would use as a homemaker throughout her life. An avid churchgoer, she belonged to the Rolling Dam Baptist Church; for which she frequently arranged communion, tended the chapel, organized bible studies, and prepared meals for special occasions. A woman who had faced hardship throughout the Great Depression and Second World War, her greatest challenges came with the untimely loss of her son Peter and daughter Patricia, and later Rickie. Taking her grandchildren into her home, she and George lovingly raised them as their own. Watching her children and grandchildren come into their own was the greatest joy of her life. In her later years, Annie became the unofficial historian of Pleasant & Whittier Ridge, Rolling Dam and Bonnie River, offering up a detailed ancestry of their residents, as well as a lifetime's worth of insight into the goings on of her family, friends, and local events.
Matriarch and nurturer, Annie inspired generations with her creativity, compassion, and unceasing devotion. Possessed of both faith and conviction, she was never afraid to speak her mind; offering comfort, advice, and teasing criticism without ever allowing those who knew her to doubt the love and care she offered freely. Selflessly devoted to her family, friends, and community, she was an advocate for those in need and a pillar of strength for all who loved her in turn. As a homemaker to three generations of her flock as well as in-laws, acquaintances and distant relations, she was a selfless and humble woman who loved to experiment with her recipes, hobbies and crafts. From knitting and cake decorating to providing an endless supply of Halloween costumes for her grandchildren and their children in turn, she was blessed to find beauty in everything. Annie was never prouder than when she inspired others to find their own ways to grow and flourish, and exalted in every success they shared.
The family would like to thank Dr. Kerr and the Everett Chalmers Hospital Palliative care team who strove to ensure her comfort in her final days. Special thanks is also owed to Lynn Critchlow who went above and beyond as Annie's careworker, becoming a friend, comfort, and beacon of faith through her last years. No acknowledgement would be complete, without mention of Linda Hong as well, Annie's best friend of over 55 years.
A memorial will be held in the summer at the Rolling Dam Church to commemorate her and inter her with her family.
Donations in memory of Annie can be made to the Charlotte County Cancer Society, or a charity of the donor's choice.