|Birth: ||Feb. 27, 1891|
|Death: ||Nov. 29, 2004|
At the time of her passing she was the oldest Canadian, and was considered the 7th oldest person in the world. She was 113 years old upon her passing, as well as the oldest nun on record.
Additional information given by another member is below....
The daughter of Thomas Samson and Philomena Bourque Samson, Sister Anne was born at Rivière Bourgeois, Richmond Country, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia. She had 4 brothers and 5 sisters, one of whom also chose to become a nun. She attended school through grade 10 in Arichat, an Acadian community, and then trained to become a teacher. After teaching for several years at Port Felix and Isle Madame, she entered the novitiate at Trois-Rivières, Quebec, taking her final vows as a member of the Filles de Jesus in 1917. She was given the religious name of Sr. Cecile-Marie.
After taking her vows, she returned to Nova Scotia, where she continued her teaching career in the Acadian Francophone community at Arichat and Cheticamp. She retired in 1947, spent 10 years in Quebec, then again returned to the Maritimes to work part-time until, in 1976, she entered retreat at the Motherhouse of the order in Moncton, New Brunswick. Sister Anne was a talented composer of poetry and songs, and some of her poetry has been published in works by author Garvie Sampson. When aged 95, a broken-hip rendered her unable to walk, but she continued to write and compose until well past her 100th birthday. Bedridden for the final few years of her life, she nonetheless found ways to practice her calling. According to an article published in the Halifax Chronicle-Herald on 1 December 2004, ‘From time to time, after she became bedridden, Sister Anne would tell her nurses that during the hours when she could not sleep. she had been traveling the globe, praying for world leaders.'
After a long and productive life, Sister Anne passed peacefully, in the 87th year of her profession and 113th year of her age. She had been the 8th oldest person on the planet and the oldest Canadian. She was still lucid to her final day was still said to especially enjoy chocolate, even though she'd long before lost her teeth. She was pre-deceased by her immediate family, but survived by a number of nieces and nephews.
Over her last years, several newspaper articles were published mentioning Sister Anne and her longevity. Some information in this bio also appeared in the obituary published in the Cape Breton Post on 3 December 2004.
(Bio by: tovah)
Our Lady of Calvary Cemetery
New Brunswick, Canada
Created by: The Guardian (inactive)
Record added: Jan 20, 2007
Find A Grave Memorial# 17593660
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