Obituary: Heath, Mary Anastasia
Born in Williston, N.D. in 1923, Mary A. “Ann” Heath has been a Spokane resident for the last 42 years.
Her parents, Margaret and Anthony Arsenault came from Prince Edward Island and the family settled in North Dakota, where Ann was born, then moved to Billings, MT, in 1940. Ann had one brother (Ben Arsenault) and one sister (Margaret “Peggy” Moody), both deceased. Following graduation from high school, she attended business school in Montana, and then worked for the telephone company in Portland, OR, during World War II. She married her husband of the next 66 years, Richard I. Heath in 1944. The couple lived in Billings and Butte, Montana, before moving to Spokane in 1970. Richard preceded her in death in 2010.
Rich and Ann had two children: Ruth Anne Heath and Paul Richard Heath. After her children were grown, Ann resumed work as a legal secretary in Butte, and later as an administrative assistant at an insurance company in Spokane for several years during the 1970s and 1980s, completing her working years as an assistant in a church office in Spokane. She and her husband were very active members of St. Ann Catholic Community in Spokane for virtually all of their years in Spokane.
Ann Heath is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Paul and Pati Heath, her granddaughter, Ashleigh G. Heath, all of Kalispell, MT; and her daughter, Ruth Heath with Mike Brock and Ruth’s son and his wife, Stephen and Katrina Heath of Spokane, and their baby son, Patrick, who is Ann’s only great-grandchild. Ann is also survived by many nieces and nephews and their families living in many parts of the United States.
Vigil service will be at 6:00 pm on Friday evening, August 31 and Mass of the Resurrection will be celebrated at 11:00 am on Saturday, September 1, at St. Ann Catholic Church, 2120 E. First Ave. Special thanks to Fairwood Assisted Living Northridge and Horizon Hospice. Any donations can be to St. Ann Catholic Community.