It is with deep sadness that the family of Anne-Marie Erickson announces her passing on May 1, 2012.
She is survived by her mother Elise Erickson and sister Christine Alonzo, as well as her husband Bob Cliffe and his three daughters Erin, Shannon, and Alanna. Anne-Marie was also a proud grandmother to Maia, and an aunt and great aunt to numerous nieces and nephews.
Born November 6, 1959 in Seattle, Washington, she moved at an early age with her family to Burns Lake, B.C. where she spent her early years. She later lived in Prince George, Creston, and finally Kamloops. For over 20 years, Anne-Marie was a passionate advocate for people with disabilities, whether as a special education teacher’s assistant; program director and employment training specialist; or finally as an employment service coordinator. She was a strong believer in inclusiveness and accessibility for all. A life-long traveller, she experienced the wonder of seeing Canada from coast to coast; biking through the Yukon Territory and Alaska; and the pleasure of visiting Tahiti, Hawaii, Denmark, Paris, Mexico (many times), Australia (twice), New Zealand, and Venezuela. A true lover of nature, she enjoyed skiing, camping, backpacking, hiking, and fishing, although, snorkelling with tropical fish and sea turtles was her ultimate joy. Her Life was one filled with zest and adventure, and albeit cut too short, Anne-Marie truly had an epic journey in a Life well lived.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Anne-Marie’s memory to Kamloops Hospice Association; Royal Inland Hospital Foundation; or Canadian Cancer Society would be greatly appreciated.
A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, May 19, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. in the Schoening Funeral Chapel with Pastor Don Maione officiating.
Service arrangements are entrusted to Schoenings Funeral Service, 513 Seymour Street, Kamloops, telephone (250) 374-1454. On-line condolences may be expressed at www.schoenings.com.