Ann Everett Ford, Dec. 18, 1935 — June 17, 2012, of Columbia

Tuesday, June 19, 2012 | 5:46 p.m. CDT

Ann Everett Ford, 76, passed away on June 17, 2012, at Boone Hospital Center surrounded by her loving family.

Ann Ford was an invincible spirit known for her zest for life and loyalty to family, friends and community. To celebrate her life, a memorial service will be held at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, June 21, 2012, at Memorial Funeral Home in Columbia, with the Reverend Judy Davis of Winfield, Illinois officiating. Ann and Reverend Davis shared a close and loyal friendship for the past 62 years. She was also at Ann’s side at the time of Ann’s passing. A dessert reception will immediately follow also at Memorial Funeral Home. Friends are encouraged to come share their memories of Ann while drinking Pepsi and eating chocolate. Though she did not want a fuss made over her passing, surely she will forgive all of us as we share our favorite memories of Ann next to the Pepsi tower and chocolate fountain.

Ann loved her family. She was born on December 8, 1935, in Evanston, Illinois to John and Joy Everett, who predeceased her. She is survived by her three daughters: Susan Ford Robertson of Kansas City; Carol Ford Gschwend, along with her husband, Craig, of Little Rock, Arkansas; and Elizabeth Ford Wilson, along with her husband, Jon, of Columbia, Missouri. She was also survived by her eight grandchildren: Olivia and Alexis Robertson; Abby, Betsy and Caroline Gschwend; and Riley, Lindy and Ben Wilson; and her great-grandson, Kelsey Brown, Jr. She followed with avid interest every detail of the lives of her children, grandchildren and great-grandson. She was always so proud of each and every one of them for their spirit, drive and individuality.

Ann loved her community. She was a charter member of the Ruth Circle of the King’s Daughters and Sons and remained an active member of the circle for over 45 years. She was also active in Dental Aid, the Voluntary Action Center, Meals on Wheels and Welcome Wagon. She was a proud graduate and alumna of Roycemore School for Girls in Evanston, Illinois; Stephens College and the University of Missouri.

Ann loved collecting and keeping friends. Many of her friendships extended over 50 years. With her treasured friends, she loved playing bridge, sun bathing, cooking and dispensing well-advised advice to all who sought her counsel.

Ann will never be replaced or forgotten.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to King's Daughters Dental Aid in care of Sandy Knight, 2702 Surfside Court Columbia, MO 65203.

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