On November 08, 2023, our immensely beautiful, fiercely witty, wise and generous mummy, Elizabeth Ann Luce (Gillelan) left us for a journey to be reunited with her loving husband Keith. Born in Montreal to Marjorie (Robertson) and Charles Gillelan June 11, 1934, Ann lived and loved life and lived with great curiosity. She never feared the 'new' (and even took up sign language study only a few weeks ago); she inspired us always! She presented her creativity and generosity to us throughout her journey; as an artist, a friend, a designer, a mother, a ballet school coordinator and an Anglican community volunteer. A social butterfly, Ann was the life of every occasion, bringing a lightness of being to all she connected with. She adored loving/caring people and celebrated them with her thoughtful and famously kind thank you cards and cheery phone calls. She was giving to all and leaves so many fond memories in the hands of her dear friends @ 136, @ St. Matthews and @ Amica Glebe. All of you, please know that she loved you deeply. Her sons Charles (and Stacey), Derek (and Barb) and her daughter Jennifer all feel the depth of her grace and covet the honour of having her as their mummy. 'Love you 'more' she would always share! She, Terrill Drew (Bermuda) and Kathy Smith (Ottawa); cousins; were women of the world together. Of such great importance, mum and her granddaughter Emma Luce shared heartfelt sweet missives regularly. They loved each other unconditionally and with their famous 'with a bushel and a peck' sentiment recited each birthday. Emma is set to inherit her grannie's strength, caring and resolve as she pursues her exciting future. Go for it Emma, change the world! For our mum, following your life's dream was a message she spoke loud and clear and a truth she believed deeply; with an added reminder to seek that dream with dignity, humility, passion and empathy for others along the way. We miss you so, our dear Ann without an 'e'. We adore you! XO
Cremation has occurred and a memorial service will be held @ St. Matthew's Anglican Church, Ottawa in December; announcement of date to follow shortly. Donations to the Canadian Lung Association are so appreciated as Ann bravely battled COPD for many years.