A. Ann Lovell

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A. Ann Lovell

The world is changed not by governments and politics, but by people who, through their own grit and good name, change the world for the better. It is a rare gift for one person to influence the lives of so many and in turn, change the course of her community the way A. Ann Lovell did during her magical and compassionate life.

Born to Thelma and Goldmon Lovell in Clinton, North Carolina, Ann's path was set by her entrepreneurial father and the independent spirit of her mother and Aunt, Lossie Packer. She learned the importance of hard work, determination, and the power of a well-made pie. When she set out on her own, Ann packed her bag with wit, intelligence, and the talent for making friends with every stranger she met.

She earned a bachelor's degree from Meredith Collegeand a Master of Science degree from the University of Washington. However, her greatest accomplishment was embodied in her ability to connect with people as a mentor and a friend. Through her skill of networking like-minded people, Ann created a sphere of influence so wide she truly will affect the lives of generations to come.

Ann wore many hats in her life from a variety of managerial positions with the Seattle Parks Department to her volunteer work with the Democratic Party, the Seattle Elderhostel Program, the Pride Foundation, and the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship and the YWCA of Kitsap County, to name a few. Her legacy includes helping improve five Seattle Community Centers, and being a major voice in establishing the Bumbershoot Arts Festival, the Bathhouse Theater, and the Christmas Ship.

But more importantly, Ann helped others by providing them with support, inspiration, and important community connections so they might pursue their own passions and dreams. To know Ann Lovell was to have access to an open door of possibilities; if she couldn't help you, she always knew someone who could. She saw every person's potential and encouraged all of us to use our own gifts in pursuit of a better community and world.

Ann is survived by her partner Jan Williams, her nephews, Ben and Steve Lovell and their families, her sister-in-law Nancy Lovell Huggins, her cousins Glenda Lovell Underwood and Lynn McLamb Owen and their families, and many cherished relatives and lifelong friends. She is predeceased by her brother, Jerry Goldmon Lovell.

A celebration of Ann's life will be held at the Kitsap Convention Center, Bremerton Harborside, on Sunday, June 8 at 2 p.m.

Remembrance donations can be made to U Care Inc., Sampson Arts Center, or Meredith College 1954 Legacy Fund.

Published in The Sampson Independent from June 21 to June 22, 2014
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