It is with great sadness that the family of Anna Maija Ahtila (Trafford) announced her passing on August 26, 2021, with her family by her side.
Anna will forever be missed by her dear son, Rick Ahtila, and sisters, Hilkka Kivirinta and Ulla Grant. She is also survived by her nieces and nephews, who were so special to her, Tanya (Gord) Bews and family, Tim Kankaanpaa and family, Tina (Richard) Walsh and family, Megan Grant and Andrew Grant, her good friend Cecil Lunan and numerous relatives in Finland.
Anna was born in Finland and immigrated to Canada with her parents Pertti and Aino Kivirinta and younger sister, Helena, in 1956. Her early years were spent raising her family and working for the Finnish Consulate in Thunder Bay. She moved to Summerland with her family in 1992 and owned and operated the Cedarbrook Campground for a number of years before going to work with the SIR program until her retirement. Her family and travel were her greatest joys, often planning the next trip while still on her current one. Anna was sadly predeceased by her husband Leigh Trafford in 2012 and her sister, Helena Kankaanpaa, in 2018. Anna fought courageously and without complaint with cancer for the last two years of her life, always grateful to the wonderful people who made it possible for her to be here a little longer. Her highest regard and appreciations were to Dr. D. Weisgarber, the staff at the Kelowna and Penticton Oncology clinics and to Moog and Friends for their kindness and compassion during her final week.
A Celebration of Life with family and friends will be at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations to Moog and Friends or the Cancer Society in her name would be greatly appreciated.
One of Anna’s favourite quotes was: “Remember me with the smiles and laughter for that is how I will remember you. If you only remember me with tears, do not remember me at all.”
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