BUXTON, Carol AnnePosted: October 8th, 2020
March 22, 1930 – October 3, 2020
Anne was born in 1930 and spent her youth in the Gleichen, Alberta area. She began school in a one-room schoolhouse (Shamrock), attended high school in Cluny, and then SAIT in Calgary.
From a very young age, Anne could usually be found in the presence of horses — at age four, unbeknownst to her family, she rode alone and bareback on “Colty” with a makeshift binder twine halter, to visit her aunt three miles away (where she was then promptly sent home!)
Anne met the love of her life, Ken, while they were both vying to purchase the same horse (Graydon Power). They decided to get married and share the horse, thus starting their lifelong career of training and racing Thoroughbreds. To make ends meet, Anne raced their horses in bush races. WWII created a shortage of jockeys who were needed overseas, which opened the door for Anne to become Alberta’s first licensed female jockey on the “A” Circuit (Thoroughbreds only). Anne ultimately won the Millarville Jubilee Plate at Millarville in 1955. In her “spare” time, Anne pursued her artistic talents by writing, oil painting and creating bronze sculptures.
Anne is survived by her sister Betsy of Arrowwood, daughter-in-law Vicky, grandsons Graydon and Darby of Saskatoon, and granddaughter Jeannine of North Dakota, as well as nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her husband Ken and son Jody, her brothers Jack, Kenny and Bunny, and her sister Lucille.
A graveside service will be held at the Nanton Cemetery in Nanton, Alberta on Saturday, October 10, 2020 at 10:30 AM. Masks and social distancing must be observed. Due to Covid restrictions, a lunch reception will occur at a later date.
If friends so desire, donations in Anne’s honour may be made to “Keep On Keepin’ On Memorial Race”. For details contact Marsha Willard, P.O. Box 129, Milo, AB, T0L 1L0, ph: 403-850-6531 (charitable receipts not available).
To watch the graveside service, send condolences and view Anne’s Tribute Page please visit www.lylereeves.com . Caring for the family is Lyle Reeves Funerals of High River (Craig Snodgrass) 403.652.4242.