Ann Rosalie Kem
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Ann Rosalie Kem, age 95, passed away on October 24th, 2012 at the Emerald Height Retirement Center. Ann was born in Winnipeg, Canada, on September 13, 1917, to William and Jane Whiteside. She was the last surviving child of six! She moved to Seattle with her family when she was 13 years old. In 1936 Ann graduated from Lincoln High School in Seattle and went on to the University of Washington. She met her future husband, Shelton (Shelly) Kem, at a Halloween party that year. They married in September 1937, and had two sons, Robert and William. Ann's husband started a military career during WW II when he was stationed in Africa and Italy for three and a half years. After the war, Ann became a naturalized US citizen. In 1947, Ann and family moved to Ellensburg where her husband taught at Central Washington University, and Ann found her lifetime love of golf. It was not long before she was winning many golf trophies. Ann's husband was recalled for Air Force duty during the Korean War, and assignments to Japan, Washington DC, Texas, Germany, Colorado, and California, followed over the next 20 years. Ann and Shelly retired to Clear Lake, California, in 1975, where they continued to enjoy playing golf, entertaining friends and traveling. After 61 years of marriage, Shelly passed away in 1999. Ann then moved to Bellevue, WA. She moved into Emerald Heights Retirement Center in 2004. Ann LOVED to read, to watch the Mariners and golf matches on TV, to enjoy the visits and phone calls of her many acquaintances and family, and to socialize with her many Emerald Heights' friends.
Ann is survived by her two sons, Bob (Mary Anne) and Bill (Suzanne); four grandchildren, Michael, Matthew (Nancy), Kevin and Cara (Rick); and six great-grandchildren, Ethan, Madison, Noah, Fallon, Chloe, and Scarlette Rose; her sister-in-law, Ruth Kem, and numerous nieces and nephews.
The Kem family wishes to thank all the staff and residents at Emerald Heights for making Mom Kem's final years so enjoyable. A memorial will be held at a later date.
Published in The Seattle Times from November 3 to November 4, 2012