My mom, Annette Bigelow, age 77, passed away peacefully at her much loved home in Hop Canyon (Magdalena), NM on Tuesday, October 3, 2017. Mom was born in North Bay (Gateway), Ontario, Canada on May 10, 1940, to Elzar and Rose (Mathieu) Chatelain at their home. Mom was the 2nd of 4 children. Her parents owned and operated a gas station and restaurant just outside North Bay along the Trans-Canada Highway (Ferguson Hwy). Annette grew up speaking French at home and at school. She wanted to be a dancer and took dance lessons. After graduating high school, she began working for Bell Canada as a phone operator. It is at Bell Canada where she met her husband to be, Ivan Bigelow. Ivan began working for Bell Canada after serving in the Royal Canadian Air Force and they were married February 7, 1959 (the church was booked for Valentine's Day).
Our family moved to America in 1967 when Ivan found employment working for a communications company. Our family made several moves across the U.S. over the years as my father had new employment opportunities. Mom would organize all the moves and quickly settle the family in to make a home without too much disturbance. In addition to taking care of our home, Mom often took on part time employment working for various doctors as a front office assistant. She loved to macrame in her free time.
When I left home in 1977, mom and dad moved to Payson, AZ where they purchased a Radio Shack store. Mom's organizational skills kept the store running as Dad would be working with customers both in and out of the store. It was in Payson that they met so many of their dear friends and helped to start a new church. They were involved in marriage counseling, Bible studies, and helping out where they could.
In 1986 they took a brave leap of faith and became missionaries for "Youth with a Mission". They traveled to Hawaii, Asia, and then Australia. Their final mission was spent in Tasmania where Mom and Dad fell in love with the beauty and the people. After six years, at the end of their mission work, they returned to Payson where they reunited with their friends and their church.
My parents were able to retire in 1998 and made the move to Magdalena, NM. Their dear friends, Laurie and Jimmy Gregg, offered them a parcel of land on their property in Hop Canyon and this is where they made their home. Mom (Dad too) loved the solitude, the mountains, and the peace and quiet.
It was in 2014 that my Dad passed away. Mom remained strong but greatly missed him. Mom had great faith and knew she would see him again in heaven. Recently, after great deliberation and prayer, Mom decided to leave her Hop Canyon Home. She was feeling lonely and wanted to be in the village to be near others and activities (not to mention she would no longer have to worry about the canyon road during inclement weather). As always and with care, she orchestrated all preparations to ensure her move would go smoothly and she would have a home that she would make her own. I believe in my heart that mom told God, "OK, I am ready for this move". The Lord's reply, "Your time is over on earth. Come to Me and reside in heaven to be with those you loved and loved you."
Mom had a strong faith and was looking forward to being with her Lord and Savior. She often spoke of her faith and trust in God. She was anticipating the second coming of Christ. She had become weary of this earth and all the tragedies, discord, and unrest she saw going on around the world. She kept herself informed of world events and news. She prayed daily for the lost to find salvation and to come to know Christ as our Lord and Savior.
Mom is preceded in death by her parents and her loving husband, Ivan Bigelow. Mom is survived by her son, Glenn Bigelow and wife, Staci Oldham of Magdalena, NM; Her two granddaughters, Prisca Bigelow of Barestswil, Switzerland and Kirsten Bigelow of Niederhasli, Switzerland; great granddaughter, Ruby of Niederhasli; her siblings, Lina Lavictoire of North Bay, Ontario, Canada, Gerald Chatelain of Salmon Arms, British Columbia, Canada, and Denise Chatelain; and nieces and nephews. She is also survived by her dear and beloved friends, Jimmy and Laurie Gregg who she regarded as a son and daughter. To view information or leave a condolence, please visit www.danielsfuneral.com. Annette's care has been entrusted to
Daniels Family Funeral Services
309 Garfield St
Socorro, NM 87801