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1928 - 2014 | Obituary Condolences
ANN REED WASHINGTON July 19, 1928 – April 1, 2014 Martha Ann Reed Washington died in Norman, Oklahoma, on April 1, 2014 of natural causes after a period of declining health. Ann was born in Port Arthur, Texas, and attended Sam Houston State Teachers College, earning a bachelor's degree. She earned a masters degree at the University of Texas, where she met and married Thomas P. Washington III. Ann and Tom lived for many years in the Rio Grande Valley, in Brownsville, Pharr, Mission, and Edinburg. She worked for the McAllen Independent School District as an administrator, focusing on special education, elementary guidance, and educational testing. She helped many children from Mexico and the Valley in her private practice as a licensed professional counselor. Ann was active in the Hidalgo County Historical Society, the Historical Commission, and the Valley By-Liners writers' organization. She was fluent in Spanish and used it in both her professional life as a counselor and in her extensive travels in Mexico and Costa Rica. She loved new experiences and also travelled in England and the United States. A life-long Methodist, Ann taught Bible studies in English and Spanish, sang in the choir and was a member of the United Methodist Women. She was an active member for over 50 years at First United Methodist Church of Edinburg. Ann is preceded in death by her husband, Thomas Pratt Washington III, her son Tom Washington IV, and her granddaughter Maggie Achemire. She is survived by her sons Aubrey Washington of Norman, Oklahoma and Lawrence Washington (and Kathy Matthews) of Bloomington, Indiana, and her daughters Esther (and Robert) Schnase of Columbia, Missouri and Sarah Lingle (Tom Washington) of Salem, Oregon. She is also survived by three grandsons, Tim McCoy-Washington of Norman, and Karl Schnase and Paul Schnase of Columbia. She was also the proud great granny of Calysta Warner and Alex Achemire of Norman. Graveside services will be held on April 19, 2014, at 10:00 am in Oakwood Cemetery in Austin, Texas, with Bishop Robert Schnase officiating. Memorial gifts can be made to the First United Methodist Church of Edinburg Memorial Fund (3707 W. State Highway 107, Edinburg, TX 78539-2814). Sign the guest book at
Published in The Monitor on Apr. 6, 2014
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