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Daphne’s life was rich in relationships with God, family and friends and significant in that her life was lived to the glory of God. I came to know her when she and Terry became part of our Life Group at White Rock Baptist Church when her physical health was already in decline. Her spirit however was very much alive and expressed in so many ways, most notably in her love for Terry and her family which would cause her face to shine and break out into her wonderful smile. I had the privilege of visiting with her and taking her for walks outdoors when possible. She loved the gardens especially when they were in bloom. From time to time she would have a moment of clarity and share memories and thoughts that were both witty and profound. In those moments I wished I had known Daphne earlier and longer. She certainly made a lasting impression on me and I will miss her. To dear Terry and family I offer my sincere condolences for your loss that will be felt deeply I’m sure. I like to think of Daphne now as being fully alive in Christ and rejoicing in his presence and praise God for that.
Thank you for making it possible to join the congregation, Terry, and family in this worship celebration.
It is hard to think about Daphne without also thinking about Terry, and to think about Terry without thinking about Daphne. As others have observed, their relationship was marvelous to experience, and an inspiration for me and so many others. Both were able to be their own person, with their own gifts and views, but in their case the sum was greater than the parts.
I had the enjoyment of being hosted by Daphne and Terry in Windermere (as so many others have) but I think of Daphne most as a faith-filled leader in University Hill Congregation where we and Terry worshiped and shared leadership together. Passionate, wise, compassionate, and hugely dedicated, Daphne was a blessing to the congregation.
“Now to him who by the power at work within us is able to accomplish abundantly far more than all we can ask or imagine, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations, for ever and ever.”
It has been an honour and privilege all these years to share in the love of your family. Introduced by Melva, who was a long-standing dear friend of Daphne, I enjoyed long conversations over tea about God working in the world and how we could participate in that work.
The tributes written by her children captured her essence so truly. It was good to sing those old dear hymns. Sending hugs and deep sympathy for your loss and gratitude for all the blessings we shared together.
High River, AB
Daphne has a beautiful soul! We were blessed to know her, and to benefit from her love for Christ Jesus, her probing intellect, her care and compassion, and her skill as a gardener and cook (it was in partaking of Daphne's wonderful baking that I ate flowers for the first time!). Daphne was one of my mentors as I worked at earning my Masters in Pastoral Studies from the Vancouver School of Theology. We focused on the formation and nurture of adult disciples at University Hill Congregation of the United Church, and together wrote the article, "Beckoned by the Word" for the journal Touchstone (January, 2000; Volume 18, No. 1). Daphne and Terry's love for one another and their marriage modeled for us the steadfast love of the God revealed to us in Jesus. May God comfort Terry and family in their grief. We imagine that Daphne has taken her place in heaven, casting her crown before God, lost in wonder, love, and praise (from the hymn "Love Divine, All Loves Excelling" by Charles Wesley).
Love and Blessings,
Janice, Jim, and Jameson Love
My condolences to Terry and Family on the loss of your dear wife and mother! I will always remember Daphne and her sweet disposition.
My heartfelt sympathy,
Prelude: Christine Schafrick
Welcome and Opening Prayer: Pastor Jennifer Friesen
Hymn How Firm a Foundation (408)
Scripture Reading: John 14:1-7 William Anderson, grandson
Romans 8:31-39 Catherine Anderson, granddaughter
Eulogy: Lila Anderson, daughter-in-law
Hymn: The King of Love My Shepherd Is (683)
Sermon: Pastor Jennifer Friesen
Hymn: Shall We Gather at the River
Benediction: Pastor Jennifer Friesen
Postlude: Christine Schafrick
Daphne Joan Anderson
April 13, 1933-March 17, 2021
Daphne Joan Anderson was born on April 13, 1933 in Provost, Alberta to Charles and Florence Rich. She passed away peacefully in her 88th year in White Rock, BC, survived by her husband of 67 years Terence and children Wesley(Lila), Susan, Daniel(Carolyn) and Rebecca(David) and her eight grandchildren.
Daphne lived a full life that included being wife and partner of Terry and mother and grandmother. From their first meeting, when Daphne was 16, in Edmonton, Alberta to their final days in White Rock, Terry and Daphne travelled an incredible and fulfilling journey together, starting in small church mission fields in rural Alberta, through New York, Richmond, Virginia and then many years in Vancouver as a part of the community at the Vancouver School of Theology.
At every stop along the way, including the family cottage in Windermere BC, Daphne created homes that were welcome respites from the world both for her immediate and extended family and their many friends and colleagues. On any summer week at ‘6090’ there might be a visiting professor, a children’s friend or two or a family member from the prairies. All were received with typical graciousness and thoughtfulness. A lifelong passion for gardening meant a beautiful oasis was always a part of a visit.
Daphne fully participated in many of the projects Terry undertook over the years, editing and typing countless manuscripts and joining in conferences. In the 1980’s she became involved in the World Council of Churches and hosted the the women’s section when the council met in Vancouver, and she would later join the Native Ministries Consortium as an administrator in its early years at the School. In later years she would also find her own authorial voice, publishing a biography of an early pioneer ancestor and their life on the frontier.
As loving mother she piloted and supported her four children through this full life and their many adventures together. Settled as a grandmother she excelled at picnics, trips to feed the ducks and baking together, fondly remembered by all her grandchildren for her patience and calm. Even in her last years as dementia took its’ toll on her she remained full of her typical strength, grace and even humour.
If you wish to make donations in memory of Daphne Anderson, they can be made to:
Canadian Bible Society https://biblesociety.ca/tribute-donation/ or 1-800-465-2425
To donate via cash or cheque, mail to: 10 Carnforth Road, Toronto, ON, M4A 2S4.
Make your cheque payable to Canadian Bible Society.
or Salvation Army https://donate.salvationarmy.ca