In Celebration of

Anna Arthur (née Goulden)

July 26, 1942 -  January 9, 2022

It is with deep sadness that the family announces the passing of Anna Arthur on Sunday, January 9, 2022. Anna suffered a long illness, which she bore with strength and dignity. She will be sorely missed.

Anna leaves behind her devoted husband of 60 years, Edward (Eddie), four daughters, Frances (Terry), Louise (Pete), Katherine (Darren), Charlotte, and seven grandchildren, Madelyn, Ryan, Julia, Sophia, Michela, Helen and Alexandra, who all loved her dearly. She was a funny, smart, witty, and fiercely loyal woman.

Anna was born in Manchester (UK) and trained as a nurse in Macclesfield, where she met and married Eddie, a civil engineer. They spent the next twenty years, with their growing family, living and working around the world - Argentina, South Africa, Spain, Nigeria, Saudi Arabia - before settling in Montreal, Canada.

Anna was a natural entrepreneur and passionate women’s advocate. While abroad, she ran several businesses, but it was in Canada that Anna focussed on her real passion: senior care. Anna owned a private seniors’ residence, which allowed her to advocate for the elderly. She became well known in business and government circles for her crusade against elder abuse.

Her work introduced her to the Montreal Council of Women, where she ultimately became President. She spent a great deal of time advocating to governments and participating in national conferences, all in an effort to advance women’s rights. An excellent role model and mentor, Anna raised four strong-willed daughters, while working full-time and volunteering on many community boards. She was a busy woman!

As Anna’s health deteriorated, she moved into St. Andrew’s Residential Centre. We would like to thank the St. Andrew’s team for their tireless dedication in providing Anna with loving care, up until her last breath.

Private family service on Friday, January 14, 2022, at the Mount Royal Chapel. In Anna’s memory, a donation to St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Homes Foundation or a senior care organization of your choice would be appreciated.


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Marie Senecal Tremblay (Friend of Kate and Arthur Marshment Family)

Entered January 12, 2022 from Montreal

Dearest Kate, Darren, Sofia, Helen and Alexandra,
A very small word to express our deepest sympathies to all of you on your loss of an amazing woman, mother and grandmother. Her beautiful obituary brings her to life so vividly - it is clear she will live on everyday in the strong, incredible and multi-talented daughters and granddaughters she leaves behind - Yann-Maurice and I and Bruce and Céleste send all of you our closest hugs and our warmest thoughts of condoleances in this difficult time. Much love, Marie

Gurmeet Kubicek (Family friend)

Entered January 12, 2022 from North Vancouver B C

So sorry to learn of your loss.
What an amazing woman and what an amazing life.

She truly was a role model.

May your memories comfort you.

Fiona Houghton (Friend to an exceptional loveable family)

Entered January 12, 2022 from Montreal

To dear Anna

In the words of David Hawkins:

You can shed tears that she is gone,
Or you can smile because she has lived

You can close your eyes and pray that she will come back,
Or you can open your eyes and see all that she has left

Your heart can be empty because you can’t see her
Or you can be full of the love that you shared

You can turn your back on tomorrow and live yesterday
Or you can be happy for tomorrow because of yesterday

You can remember her and only that she is gone
Or you can cherish her memory and let it live on

You can cry and close your mind, be empty and turn your back
Or you can do what she would want: smile, open your eyes, love and go on.

Anna has taught us all the ‘second line’. Her open heart, enquiring mind and truly graceful compassion will live on. We will continue to be curious, love unconditionally, and embrace our passions! Thank you.

Your family is very dear to me, bless you for being a wonderful wife, mother, and grandmother.

With my love,


Peggy Perrier (Frances friend)

Entered January 12, 2022 from Montreal

Dear Frances

I would like to extend my deepest sympathy on the loss of such a valuable person in your life and praying that your faith will give you strength in this sad time.

May the loving memories of your mother help to ease your suffering. Saying goodbye to someone as important as your mother is always going to be terrible but I hope the strength we all know you have will help you to get through the worst of it.

May her memory always be with you

Please accept my sincerest condolences to you and your whole family.
Peggy xx

Carolyn Rodgers (Friend/Colleague)

Entered January 13, 2022 from Laval, QC

Dear Fran and family,
I am so very sorry for your loss. My smpathies to you all.


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