Ann Gray Hodder, born February 20, 1925 in Gooches Mill, Missouri, Ann Gray (Oerly) Hodder passed away peaceable on December 8, 2011 at age 86. Ann was known for her wicked sense of humor and gregarious nature. She possessed a childlike wonder of the world and youthful outlook throughout her life. Ann was always interested in learning and passionate about politics. She satisfied her curiosity about the world by traveling to all continents except Africa and Australia. Her last solo trip was to Antarctica, at the age of 82. She especially loved Paris. Ann touched the lives of many Santa Rosa students. She taught 3rd grade at Bellevue School and 5th and 6th grades in the Rincon Valley School district. She retired from teaching in 1986 and always enjoyed impromptu meetings with her past students. She loved animals and had adopted many homeless dogs and cats. Ann is survived by her brother Bud (Betty) Oerly of St. Louis, MO., her nieces Ann (Bob) Bill of Oak Park, Il., Susan (Bob) Jones of St. Louis, MO. and five grand nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband Clifford E. Hodder and her parents Annie Gray and Earnest Oerly. Interment will be at Walnut Grove Cemetery in Boonville, MO where she grew up. A celebration of her life is planned for December 15, 2011 at 2:30pm at the Church of the Incarnation, 550 Mendocino Ave, Santa Rosa. In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory can be made to Best Friends Animal Society, 5001 Angel Canyon Rd, Kanab, UT 84741 or Forgotten Felines of Sonoma County, PO Box 6672, Santa Rosa, CA 95406 . The family wishes to sincerely thank all of her dear friends who watched over her and cared for her with love in her last years. A special thanks to her wonderful caregiver, Emily.
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Published in Boonville Daily News from Dec. 20 to Dec. 29, 2011