Anne was born and raised in Calgary, the only child of Dr. Thomas and Winifred Williams. She completed her early schooling in Calgary and Victoria, then enrolled in the five-year UBC/VGH nursing program. Anne’s successful career in the field of public health nursing began in Eastern Canada when she worked for the City of Toronto.
On her return to Vancouver, she joined the nursing staff of the North Shore Union Board of Health. She moved up the ranks, being promoted to the position of director of Nursing, where she was responsible for the preventive health nursing program for the area from Deep Cove to Lions Bay, including Bowen Island and the Burrard and Squamish reserves.
Both Anne’s father, Thomas Williams, and her uncle, Merton Y. Williams, graduated from Queen’s with mining engineering degrees. Her father moved into the field exploring for oil, while her uncle Merton joined UBC and on retirement was a professor of geology and geography.
Anne had many interests, including travelling with UBC and Langara tours as well as independently with friends. She was a keen trail rider, a life member of the Trail Riders of the Canadian Rockies, and a life member of the VGH School of Nursing Alumnae Association, chairing the membership committee for many years. Anne died peacefully on November 11, 2020, at the age of 90.