Annie was born on October 27, 1914 in Cross Lake, Manitoba. After she lost her Cree mother, Annie was raised by her father, James Cook, a man respected for his ability to cure people of sickness through herbal medicine.
At age 23, Annie wed Alfred Crait. The couple moved to Thicket Portage and raised a family of ten children. During that time Annie continued as a mid-wife and successfully delivered twenty-six babies.
Alfred was gone for weeks at a time, checking his trap line. There were many lean times at the cabin when the food ran out. During these difficult periods, Annie could feed her family only a broth of flour and water. The meals were accompanied by Annie's wonderful stories that served to both teach and keep the children’s minds off hunger.
Annie passed away in March of 2000. She was a remarkable woman who met the demands of life in the north as a wife, mid-wife and mother with strength, grace and dignity.