In memory of

Ann Galbraith

December 12, 1933 - March 15, 2024
From: Sac City, IA
Ann Galbraith

Ann Galbraith

Born: December 12, 1933
Died: March 15, 2024
Age: 90
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With heavy hearts, we gather to remember and honor the life of Ann, whose passing leaves a void in her family that words can scarcely fill. Ann M. Galbraith, age 90 of Sac City, IA, passed away peacefully on March 15, 2024. She had told many of us that she was past her expiration date, so it was time to go.

 Ann Marie Linquist was born on December 12, 1933, to parents Edwin and Mathilda (Kreft) Linquist near Rockwell City, IA.  She was baptized on February 18, 1934, at St. Peter Lutheran Church and was confirmed at Emanuel - St. John’s Lutheran Church in Lytton, Iowa.  Ann attended country school just down the road from her family farm northwest of Lytton.  One of her fondest memories was when her brother Lawrence would take her to and from school on his horse. She attended Lytton High School. She continued her education at Buena Vista College, Storm Lake, IA and worked in several positions in downtown Sac City, including Farmers Lumber Company for a number of years.  

 On April 8, 1961, Ann married James (Jim) Allan Galbraith at the Douglas Avenue Presbyterian Church in Des Moines, IA. This union was blessed with two children, Robert and Mary. Ann and Jim made their home in Sac City where they raised their family on their farm east of town.

 Ann was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Sac City for over 60 years, she volunteered in many roles, teaching Sunday school, serving as a Deacon and Elder.  She volunteered her time and created many baked goods and salads when she was called to do so.  She was always willing to work behind the scenes serving cookies, meals and coffee.

   Ann loved her family and spending time with them, especially her grandchildren. They brought her great joy. She was an avid reader, always interested in current events, a cross word puzzle aficionado and true penny pincher, always reminding us that Rob’s golf polo from 1986 still worked fine to wear around the house. She was a Jeopardy game show super fan and loved a good 20/20 or 48 hours episode.  

 She was quick to point out that “This too shall pass”. Sometimes it passed like a kidney stone, but she was right. No matter what happened, it would either become a memory or a lesson learned or maybe even both. Her type A personality kept an immaculate home and farm and she held us all to the highest standard when getting ready for church each week, for which we were always a half hour early.  We will miss her wit and quick smirk at a joke and her willingness to always be available for us, no matter what.

 Survivors include son Rob Galbraith of Sac City; daughter Mary (Benny) Gaffney of Altoona, IA; grandchildren: Nikki (Riley) Auna of Fridley, MN, Alexandra Galbraith of Minneapolis, MN, Henry, Avery and Sloane Gaffney of Altoona, IA; great-grandchildren Brynn, Grant and Josie Auna; and many nieces, nephews and other extended family members and friends.

Ann was preceded in death by her husband, Jim Galbraith; parents Edwin and Mathilda Linquist; parents-in-law Robert and Florence Galbraith; siblings Lawrence (Doneta) Linquist and Ruth Linquist; and in-laws: Arlene (Leo) Willadson, Gerald (JoAnn) Galbraith, Merle (Phyllis) Galbraith, LeRoy (Ruth) Galbraith, and Ruth Ellen (Merlyn) Smith. 

In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to the Unity Church of Sac City, IA, or the Lions Club of Iowa in memory of Ann.

Tribute Video
Memorial Service
11:00 a.m., Saturday
April 6, 2024
Farber & Otteman Funeral Home
Sac City, Iowa

Reverend Cory Kroonblawd
10:00-11:00 a.m., Saturday
April 6, 2024
Farber & Otteman Funeral Home
Sac City, Iowa
Cedar Cemetery
Sac City, Iowa


Thursday, April 4, 2024 at 4:43 PM
“Our deepest sympathy to the family.”
- Judy Howrey
Monday, April 1, 2024 at 9:04 AM
“Our deep heartfelt condolences of sympathy, Goodwill and the sharing of God's PEACE with and through our shared Christian heritage and personal relationship with Christ Jesus, especially highlighted and meaningful this 2024 Holy Lenten and Ressurrection Easter Sunday season to the family of Ann Galbraith , whom was certainly a wonderful example of Christian Faith life in so many ways. Robbie and Mary and their families are certainly in our prayers and thoughts of Comfort and Support. So many Friends and extended relatives and community and church members too . God Bless and Take Care ! Sincerely, Bradley and Sara Smith and Elizabeth Smith Also Russell Smith, Jack and Tami Smith, Susan Smith, Dan and Nancy Burkhart and family (ies) .”
- Bradley Smith
Monday, March 25, 2024 at 10:54 AM
“My sympathies to Ann's Family, Ann was a favorite Aunt who was always willing to serve up a delicious brownie with ice cream in the middle of the day for a break from the farmwork. She will be missed for her kind mannerism, quick wit and excellence at everything.”
- Gerry Galbraith
Friday, March 22, 2024 at 8:09 PM
“We send our condolences to Ann's family . So sorry to hear of your loss! Ed & Mairlys Rehm”
- Ed and Mairlys Rehm
Tuesday, March 19, 2024 at 8:46 AM
“Thoughts and prayers to you and your family. I remember many fond memories of your mother and spending time on your farm when we were all younger.”
- Donna (Fister) Jessen
Monday, March 18, 2024 at 11:34 AM
“I liked Ann so much... Many prayers to the family”
- Daniel Richards
Sunday, March 17, 2024 at 1:35 PM
“Rob and Mary - Remembering you and your Dad and Mom from our church family. She was a special lady and a good friend. Prayers for your families.”
- Earl and Karon Zimmerman
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