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Anna Marie (Taylor) Ford

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Dalton - Anna Marie Taylor Ford, (Anna May), 77, of Dalton died suddenly at her home on Friday, May 4, 2012.
The daughter of Frank Taylor and Hermina Schaefer, she was born in Floral Park, N.Y., grew up in Williston Park where she attended St. Joseph's School. Her family later moved to Saratoga Springs, N.Y., where she attended St. Clements and graduated from St. Peters Academy in 1953. During Anna May's high school years, she played both basketball and softball for St. Peter's Academy.
Anna May married the love of her life, Charles Ford, and they celebrated 57 years of marriage. She was a homemaker of known cooking and baking talents, canned fresh fruits and vegetables, and for a time providing jams, jellies and preserves to Hancock Shaker Village. She was an avid gardener with a green thumb. Friends and neighbors would often bring sick houseplants to her for nurturing. She was an enthusiastic skier both downhill and later cross-country skiing, enjoyed playing tennis as a member of the Dalton CRA. She enjoyed being with family and friends, photography, traveling and spending time at the ocean. She will be remembered for many things including her incredible laugh, her sense of humor, being a couponer before it was popular, and belief in the poem Live with Enthusiasm.
She was a communicant of St. Agnes Church in Dalton where she taught CCD. She was a volunteer for the Camp Fire Girls Cub Scouts and also enjoyed helping out with a local Kindergarten.
Anna May was predeceased by her husband Charles and their daughter Gail Marie Ford.
She is survived by a son, Mark T. Ford and his wife, Julie Pravia Ford of Dalton; a daughter Elizabeth Ford Streeter and her husband, Michael, of Maine; six grandchildren Russell J. Ford, Jackson T. Ford, Andrew Streeter, Eileen Streeter, Laurel Streeter, and Dalton Streeter.
Funeral Notice: A Liturgy of Christian Burial for Anna Marie Ford will be held on Wednesday, May 9, 2012 at 10 a.m. at St. Agnes Church in Dalton celebrated by the Rev. Christopher Malatesta, pastor. Burial will follow in Ashuelot Cemetery. Calling hours will be held on Tuesday from 4 yo 7 p.m. at Dery-Foley-Funeral Home in Dalton.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Anna May's memory to the Dalton Ambulance and Rescue in care of the Dery-Foley Funeral Home, 890 East Main Street, Dalton or to St. Jude's Children's Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN. 38101
Published in The Berkshire Eagle on May 7, 2012
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