Friends and family of the late Anna Featherstone gathered at the Aberdeen Dutch Reformed Church earlier this month to celebrate the life of a woman who had spent over 60 years in the area.
Anna first moved to the Aberdeen district as a young bride in 1957. She joined her husband Tony on the farm Zeekoeigat, where they lived for almost fifty years.
She is still remembered by many Aberdeen residents in their sixties as their former standard two teacher! Aberdeen Primary was the first school where she was employed after qualifying as a teacher, and she taught the standard two class and was responsible for physical education. She stopped teaching for a while after she was married, but then returned to her profession, with spells at Union High, Nieu Bethesda and Kendrew Primary.
She and her late husband were always very involved in both the social and sporting life of the town, with both of them also usually holding office at some stage within the clubs. Anna was also a longstanding member of the WAA, Garden Club and Anglican church, and worked for several years as a volunteer with the Aberdeen Publicity and Tourism Office.
In November 2013, a month after her 81st birthday, Anna moved to Edenhof retirement village in Graaff-Reinet. She spent a little over three years there, before returning to Aberdeen to Aalwynhof Home for the Aged in 2017 when she was no longer able to live independently.
Anna enjoyed being part of the Aalwynhof community, and was able to participate in many activities until she had a mild stroke in 2018. Sadly, she also suffered from dementia, and a more serious stroke in May this year left her bedridden until she passed away on 25 May at the age of 86.
She leaves her children Marcine, Norman, Prudence and Garth, as well as six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Her children remember her as a loving mother who was a perfectionist and always had a project in hand, be it painting, woodwork, gardening or sewing. One memory that has stuck with her children is that at the beginning of every school holiday, they would be given a dose of Epsom salts to help get rid of all bad tempers and cleanse their bodies!