Annette Riley (nee Woikin)

August 10, 1946 - May 19, 2022


Obituary For Annette Riley (nee Woikin)

It is with profound sadness that we announce the sudden passing of our beloved wife and mother, Annette Riley. Born in Saskatoon, SK, she was raised on a farm in Langham, SK. Annette became a primary school teacher and taught in schools in Alberta and BC for over 30 years. She met her husband, John, in Edmonton, where they later raised a family and lived there most of their lives. In retirement, Annette was an active member of the White Rock-South Surrey Newcomers Alumnae group in BC. She was endlessly thoughtful and enjoyed her quilting and other hobbies. She enjoyed world travel combined with quiet evenings with friends at home. Leaving to mourn with warm and loving memories are her husband, John and daughter Meghan (Steven). Annette was predeceased by her parents, Fred and Violet Woikin, brother Fred Woikin, and sister Cathy Smith.


27 May

Mass of Christian Burial

11:00 AM

Good Shepherd Church 2250 150 Street Surrey, BC Get Directions »
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  • June 06, 2022

    Annette was remarkable for her elegance with her broad, beautiful smile and flair for dressing no matter what the occasion. We will miss her. Jorge & Maureen Beristain

  • May 29, 2022

    I met Annette through WRSS Newcomers. She was always interested in what others had to say and was immensely proud of her family. My sincere condolences. Bonny Voice

  • May 27, 2022

    Sincere Sympathy John & family in your recent. Annette will be sorely missed by all who knew & loved her. Take Care Of One Another -Lynne Cameron

  • May 26, 2022

    John and Meghan, Sincere condolences. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Donna and Kristin

  • May 26, 2022

    John we are so saddened by Annette's sudden passing. She was a soft spoken, gentle person. I met Annette through the Newcomers/Alumnae club. She was a regular at the "Saturday Breakfast" and always a good conversationalist but a good listener as well. We will miss her beautiful smile and we will all miss her, she was a real lady. Our sincere condolences to you John and your family Ray and Yolie Wechselberger

  • May 26, 2022

    John, we're deeply saddened by the sudden loss of your wife Annette, our graceful next door neighbor. We remember the moments that we met Annette, with Odin was barking and jumping happily to us. We'll never forget when we first moved in last September, Annette and you sent a pot of bright pink hydrangea, it brightens up our messy new home. And we're invited to your house, your loving reception gives us peace of mind in our new community. Especially the desserts Annette made, it has always warmed our hearts. Annette will live on in our memories. 『So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.』(Isaiah 41:10) ---John & Ju Lian with Jimmy Zhong

  • May 25, 2022

    We will so miss our walks with Annette and Odin. She was always a lovely person to visit with. Odin and Jasper also had a pup friendship, so they did their thing and we chatted. We are saddened and shocked to hear of her passing so suddenly. We have lost a lovey friend. Our condolences to youJohn and your family. Jane and Glenn

  • May 25, 2022

    John and Meghan we are so saddened by the news of Annette's passing. We remember wonderful visits with you and Annette, in our home in Spruce Grove, with you both in White Rock walking on the beach, in Banff in your condo and our visits to Seattle and Victoria. We will always treasure the many good times with Annette, wonderful meals, great hospitality and great conversations. Annette was a very thoughtful and considerate woman and she demonstrated often that she loved her family very much. Please accept our sincere sympathies for your loss and may you find comfort in your many beautiful memories. Art and Donna Meyer

  • May 25, 2022

    Annette was a beloved member of a ladies golf group and joined Audrey, Lynda Lee and Louise for games on Mondays. Now don't let the words "ladies golf group" fool you into thinking we were pros. We were fair weather golfers who didn't keep score (unless we got a par), tossed our balls back onto the course when they went out of bounds, picked blackberries along the course, and enjoyed the ducks on the ponds as much as hitting the darn balls. Annette would smack the ball off the tee and drive it down the centre of the fairway. Okay, sometimes not too far, but she rarely lost a ball. Annette you will be missed but your loving spirit will be with us whenever we golf. - Louise Watanabe

  • May 24, 2022

    I am so sorry to hear of Annette's passing. I knew her through Newcomers Alumnae and spent time with her on many pleasant walks over the years, along with other Alumnae activities. We will miss her so much. She was a lovely person and so caring. My sincere condolences to you, John, and the family. Gail Waterman

  • May 24, 2022

    We got to know Annette, our neighbour, more by meeting socially at the club house prior to Covid-19. We found her to be a person that was interested in other people and that she was kind. We also got to know her more through the chats that we had with her when she walked Odin. Once Odin saw the garage door open and understood that he could get a treat, there wasn't much that Annette could do to keep him on the lease! We also have good memories of golfing with Annette who was part of the golfing group from the Peninsula complex. We found out that she was like us, a "fun" golfer, who enjoyed it, was relaxed about it all, so being of like minds, we said to each other that we didn't play golf but played "wack wack!" She was fun. She will be missed. Regards, Karin and Sten Christiansen

  • May 24, 2022

    Our condolences John to you and your family on the passing of Annette. She was a good neighbour, always had a ready smile and liked to chat when out walking with Odin. She will be missed. Karin and Sten Christiansen

  • May 24, 2022

    Annette had an open, quiet, supportive demeanour, and I enjoyed getting to know her with buddies and walkers from WRSSAlumnae. She was kind, funny, honest, and reliable. My sincerest condolences to Annette's dear family and friends, on the loss of this lovely, spirited woman. Rest in Peace, and Sing with Angels, Annette. ✨♥️🙏🏼✨💖 Christine MacKenzie

  • May 24, 2022

    I met Annette through Newcomers and thoroughly enjoyed the activities we shared together. Always a "smile" and a kind and interested Alumnae friend. Our condolences to family. Ray and Margo Williams

  • May 24, 2022

    We were so saddened & sorry to hear about Annette's sudden passing. She was such a gentle soul & shared a Saskatchewan connection with us. We will miss seeing her walking her Sheltie & stopping for chats.

  • May 24, 2022

    Good morning John, our heartfelt love and condolences to you and all your family for the loss and passing of Annette. The picture you have chosen of her is so beautiful and truly shows her as we knew her in front of our homes and little streets of Peninsula Crossing. John, it is there that we spoke with Annette as she was out walking with Odin. John, may our Great Lord speak His comfort to your heart as only He can. John, 2 Corinthians 1:2 speaks of the Father of mercies and God of all comforts, may He be that to you and all of your family through these days, From Bucharest, Romania, Dan and Mardie MacTavish, God bless you and strengthen you and all your family!

  • May 23, 2022

    John, I'm so sorry to hear about the passing of your beautiful Annette - you and her have been really great friends to my parents over the years. I have the fondest memories of you guys from when I was growing up in Edmonton. My family's sincerest condolences - Jorge Beristain (Jr.)

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