Anna Lynn Carr was born May 8, 1944 and was raised in Love, Saskatchewan, where she lived for most of her life. She attended elementary school in Love and high school in White Fox. As a young adult, she went to the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon where she studied to be a teacher.
After graduating with a Bachelor of Arts, Lynn returned to Love and pursued her career as a senior math teacher. She taught for 30 years at William Mason High School in Choiceland. Lynn had a sincere love of teaching and was a dedicated and caring professional who is fondly remembered by many of her former students.
Lynn married Merv Updike and they settled in Love where they built a house and developed an acreage west of main street. Lynn loved to garden, grow flowers, and feed the many varieties of birds that visited throughout the year. Lynn’s life changed dramatically when Merv was diagnosed with cancer and passed away in 1979.
The tremendous support of family and community helped Lynn carry on during this challenging time.
In 1981, Lynn married Bill Matthews. Together they farmed, gardened, went camping and boating, travelled around Canada and enjoyed nature and wildlife in and around the Love area. Lynn was an avid collector. She had formidable stamp and coin collections. She and Bill also collected nature paintings, and a host of other memorabilia. Both were eager photographers, and were often asked to take photos at local weddings and special events.
Like many residents of Love and area, Lynn was community-minded. She was actively involved in the Love winter festival, assisted with the creation of the Love history book, and served on the town council, to name just a few of the activities that kept her engaged in community life over the years.
Lynn was a warm-hearted, generous spirit who cared deeply for her family, friends, and community. She had a special affection for animals, from the deer she fed in her front yard during the winter to the many cats she cared for over the years.
Lynn spent the last year in Chateau Providence at St. Brieux, where she received exceptional care. During her time at the Chateau, Lynn continued to be actively engaged, always willing to participate in as many activities and outings as possible.
Lynn passed away at the Regina General Hospital on July 18, 2019. She is predeceased by her parents David Carr and Laurann (Doyle) Carr and husbands Merv Updike and Bill Matthews. She is survived by her brother Greg Carr (Susan), niece Tracey Carr (Jesse), and nephew Daniel Carr (Brooklyn). She will be lovingly remembered by her family and her many friends and neighbours.