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Ann Fort (1924 - 2013)

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Ann Willingham Fort

Asheville, NC - Ann Willingham Fort, 89, of Asheville, started the new Christian Year, First Advent, December 1, 2013 entering eternal rest. Ann was born in Atlanta, Ga. July 25, 1924 to the late Eugene Dupont Willingham, Sr. and Mary Estes Willingham. She was predeceased by her two brothers, Eugene Dupont Willingham, Jr. and George Walter Willingham, and her sister, Mary Estes Willingham. Ann is survived by her husband of sixty years, David Kerr Fort. David and Ann have resided in Asheville since 1957, raising three children, Eugene (Marietta) Fort, Elizabeth (Albert) Reynolds and Kennon Taylor Fort.

Ann Fort was proud of her grandchildren, Marie (Brian) Dexter, Benjamin Fort, Charles Fort, David Reynolds, Maria Reynolds, Anna (Johnathan) Allgyer, Naomi Fort, Mary Fort, Joseph Fort, Matthew Fort, and Julia Fort. Great grandchildren are Sophie Dexter, Miranda Dexter, Sofia Allgyer, Kira Allgyer, and Katrina Allgyer. In addition she is survived by two nephews, a niece, three great nephews, and three great nieces.

Ann was a 1947 graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where she met David, her lifelong love and husband of 60 years. She eagerly participated in the Old Students Club Luncheon held annually for graduates of fifty years or more. She was a long time member of the American Association of University Women. Mrs. Fort served on the Board of Visitors of Montreat-Anderson College and later for Montreat College over a period of twenty years.

Memorials may be made to Care Partners Hospice, Asheville, NC or the .

A memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, December 7, 2013 at All Saints Anglican Church, 15 McDowell Road, Mills River, NC 28759 (just off HWY 191, one mile south of the Henderson - Buncombe county line) with internment of ashes to follow in the adjacent memorial garden. A reception will follow in the parish hall.

Condolences may be made to the family at

Published in the Asheville Citizen-Times on Dec. 4, 2013
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