Grimes, Ann Hardin,
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of Louisville, died peacefully on Wednesday, August 13, 2014 at the age of 90.
Ann was a loving daughter, wife, mother and Mimi.
She is preceded in death by her parents, A. Wood and Patty Hardin, her husband Barnett M. "Barney" Grimes and her sisters, Patty Wood Franklin and Sugar Hardin.
Ann is survived by her children; Susan Murphy (Dennis), Ann Neely and Barnett "Chip" Grimes; her grandsons, Michael (Holly), Devin, Chris and Gaar Lausman; great grandson, Rocky; nieces, Ann Arentsen (Jeff) and family, Maya Neubauer; nephew, Woody Franklin (Cathleen) and family. Also her step-grandchildren, David Murphy (Kathy) and family and Ann Lynch (Bill).
Ann was a competitive swimmer. Her most cherished honor was to be selected as a member of the 1940 U.S. Olympic swim team. Ann and Mary Mormon Ryan of Louisville were the first two women selected for the U.S. Olympic team from the state of Kentucky. Ann Learned to swim at the Colonial Swim Club in New Albany, Indiana. She was named as a member of the Indiana Swimmers Hall of Fame and International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame, Certificate of Merit.
Among her swimming record of accomplishments:
Member of the Women's All American Swim Team of 1941, 1942, 1943, 1944 & 1945.The only female to be named to five consecutive teams; National Senior Three Mile Champion 1939, 1940, 1941 & 1942. First swimmer in AAU history to win four consecutive Championships. Set Open Water American Record; Winner of Nine Senior AAU National Championships; Winner of Four Junior AAU National Championships. She set two individual Senior American records: One individual Junior American record;
One World Relay record and Two American Relay records.
Visitation will be 2 to 5pm Wednesday, August 20, 2014 at Pearson's, 149 Breckenridge Lane.
Burial will be private.
Expressions of sympathy may be made to the United States Olympic Committee, Swim Team in honor of Ann Hardin Grimes.
www.teamUSA.org/donate or call USOC at 1-888-222-2313.
Published in The Courier-Journal on Aug. 17, 2014