This photo of Ann taken on the trip of a lifetime- to Ireland with some of our friends. She had been feeling better after chemotherapy, and we hoped that she was experiencing a complete remission of the cancer. That was a temporary gift.

Ann was the real deal. Her warm personality and sense of humor always made people feel at ease and included- she never met a stranger. Ann's funeral service was as unique as she was. Everyone at the service just kind of meshed together, like they knew each other all of their lives. Just like it always was with Ann.

For dessert, they served her favorite..CHOCOLATE EVERY THING! And diet coke. The neighbors dug in their flower beds and  had bagged and ribboned her favorite flowers. Purple Iris and day lilies were ready to be taken home and planted in memory of Ann for whoever wanted to do so.



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Ann loved the music of bagpipes....and there was a fabulous bagpipe player at the funeral. When he  played AMAZING GRACE a lot of our hearts got stuck in our throats. 

Listening to the people gathered sharing how Ann had touched their lives and made a difference--even when she had her own obstacles and trials, as most people do --was so touching.  

Her daughters said how they thought they knew everything about their mom, as they were very close- but that they learned so much more about her from others that day.  What a legacy to leave her children with. Losing Ann is  reminder of how short and how  life can be.