Annie was born on Oct. 24, 1921 on a family farm in Boyne Lake, Alberta, Canada to William and Theresa Shepert. Annie did not graduate from high school, as she began working the farm at age 12 and later worked at a boy’s school by the age of 16.
Annie saved her money and eventually moved to the big city of Edmonton, where she worked as a waitress at the Pan-American Cafe. She met her future husband there and was married to Svend Holm in 1952. In 1967 they moved to the Bellevue area of Washington State and stayed there while their daughter attended and graduated from Interlake High School.
Following graduation, Annie and Shelley moved down to the San Francisco Bay area, where Annie began waitressing in 1971 at Bob’s El Camino Coffee Shop in Belmont (eventually known as Cafe Alfredo’s and later, The Omelet House). She worked there until 2000, when she suffered a stroke and was forced to retire. Annie’s family moved her to the Antioch area in 2004 so she could be closer to them. With her naturally friendly personality, Annie adapted quickly and was able to make many, many friends locally.
Annie is survived by her daughter, Shelley; son-in-law, Dan Tosh; and four grandchildren, Laura DeLaCruz, Lance Davenport, Kathleen Fuimaono and Danny Tosh. She leaves behind seven adored great-grandchildren: Brandon, 16; Aliyah, 15; Noelle, 14; Erin, 12; Danny, 11; and Shayne, 9 months.
Annie was preceded in death by her three brothers, Metro Shepert, Mike Shepert and John Shepert; and her sister, Mary Swanson. In her passing, Annie leaves behind her beloved younger sister, Helen Skuba of Kelowna, British Columbia; as well as numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
Annie’s service will be held on Saturday, Sept. 17 at 4:30 p.m. at Kingdom Hall, 2401 Smith Road in Brentwood.