Parham, Anne

Anne Parham (nee Kohut), age 104, passed away on October 21, 2023 in the Souris Personal Care Home, from complications arising from a fall.   Anne was born in 1919 on the family farm in Rosa, Manitoba, the fourth child of six and the only daughter born to Ukrainian immigrants Samuel and Tatiana Kohut.  

In 1929, the family resettled to a farm south of Souris.  Ukrainian was Anne’s first language, but she quickly learned English attending Souris School and later, Lily School south of the home farm.   Anne thrived at school, but despite the pleas of her older brothers, her father said she would quit after Grade 8 and help on the farm. 

Life on the farm wasn’t easy.  Chores started before dawn and seemed endless – preparing meals, tending to the animals, keeping house.  Anne later left the farm for work in town, eventually landing at the CPR where her job was to call the train crews with their dispatch orders. This is where she met railroader Ken Parham, whom she married in April of 1947 on the home farm.  After briefly living in Winnipeg, Anne and Ken returned to Souris in 1949, moving home to 59 Pine Ave. where Anne continued to live until entering the Souris Personal Care Home in 2021. 

In 1955, son Brian arrived, followed by daughters Barb in 1957, Cathy in 1959 and finally Patti in 1966.   The years that followed were filled with countless happy family memories watching her children grow and thrive, attending every game, lesson, play or concert, and celebrating every milestone.  The house was filled with the aroma of wonderful food – Sunday roasts with apple pie, bread and cinnamon buns, mac and cheese, soup simmering on the stove.  Visitors were always warmly welcomed and amply fed.   Anne was a constant guiding presence who instilled her children with a strong sense of family values and responsibility to others and was proud of their enduring strong relationships.

Anne was an avid gardener, her huge vegetable patch producing enough to fill the pantry many times over.   She enjoyed bingo and going for coffee with friends and spent countless hours crocheting treasured keepsakes.  Anne was the last remaining charter member (1959) of the Souris Legion Ladies Auxiliary. 

As time progressed, grandchildren and great grandchildren arrived, and the song remained the same.  The cookie tin and candy drawer were always well stocked, and foul balls hopefully retrieved from the garden before she would see them.   Anne and Ken would happily babysit, do the paper route, or cheer from the sidelines.  

Though Anne’s mobility declined in later years, her sharp mind, quick wit and cheeky humour never left her.  She amazed us with her memories and had us in stitches with her one-liners.    She would never say no to going for a drive or stopping for ice cream.  Visits from her six great grandchildren brought her a special joy in her final years.

Anne was warm, generous, and possessed with a remarkable strength of character.   She will be dearly missed by those who knew her.

Anne was predeceased by her husband Ken in 1999, son-in-law Napoleon, nephews Ron and Glen, and nieces Sylvia and Tracy.  The last of her generation of Kohuts, she was also predeceased by brothers John, Bill, Mike, Harry, Tony and their wives. 

Anne is survived by son Brian (Charlotte), granddaughter Lisa (Jeremy), great grandsons Warrick and Wyatt, grandson Kevin (Brittany), great granddaughters Ella, Sophie, Blakely and Ryleigh, daughter Barb, grandsons Christopher, Blair (Reanne) and Shawn (Blaze), daughter Cathy (Greg), grandchildren Nathan and Nicole, daughter (and in Anne’s final years, caregiver) Patti, and sister-in-law Beth, along with numerous friends and members of her extended family.

The family extends its heartfelt thanks to the wonderful staff at Souris PCH for their care of Anne in her final years.

A funeral celebrating Anne’s life was held on October 27, 2023, followed by interment at Souris-Glenwood Cemetery.   Those who wish may donate in Anne’s name to the Souris-Glenwood Foundation Box 518 Souris, Manitoba R0K 2C0.

11 thoughts on “Parham, Anne”

  1. Sending my condolences to the Parham/Kohut families. Imagine all the changes Anne had seen in 104 years.

  2. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this time. Ann was a great neighbour!

  3. My Sincere Condolences to Patti and the Parham family. Your Mom, Anne was a wonderful person so friendly & kind. Celebration of Life -100 years. Incredible journey she has had! Always a smile from her at PCH, she will be missed. May your memories comfort you. Sending you healing prayers and a comforting hug.
    Hugs Denise

  4. My sincere condolences to you all. Wanted to be there today to celebrate the life of this wonderful lady with you. Unfortunately freezing rain has changed our plans. May you always know the power of God’s love as you remember the wonderful love your family shared. Ann was a beautiful woman inside and out!

  5. Sending our warmest condolences to Patti, Brian and the Parham family. We are deeply sorry for your loss.

  6. Dear Cathy, Patti, Brian , Barb and your families,
    I have many memories of your Mom through our shared experiences at St. Luke’s, and Brownies/Girl Guides/Rangers/Cadets.
    She was a cheerful presence and willing worker in the community.
    What a full life !
    Sending my love and condolences,
    Pam Whitfield

  7. Sympathy to the family.
    Rest in peace Anne.
    Love all your friends at the Souris PCH.

  8. Sending our sincere condolences to the Parham and Kohut families. Enjoyed our visits in the courtyard this summer.
    Denny and Cheryl Tanguay

  9. Sorry to hear of Aunt Anne’s passing. Our sincere condolences to out Parham cousins.

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