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Ann Sheppard Gordy (Grann)

Ann Sheppard Gordy (Grann), loving wife, mother, sister and grandmother, departed this earth on Feb. 13, 2014 at Westminster Oaks, in Tallahassee, Fla.

Ann was born in Chipley, Fla., on Sept. 4, 1928 to Oscar Lee and Ethel Sheppard. Ann attended Washington County schools and was a 1946 graduate of Chipley High School and a 1950 graduate of the Florida State College for Women/Florida State University (B.S. in Home Economics and M.S. in Library Science). After marrying the love of her life, Paul, she taught in the Washington County School System for 33 years. Her first years were spent teaching Home Economics at Chipley High School before she transitioned to Kate M. Smith Elementary School where she taught the fifth grande and elementary school music. Ann ended her work career as the media specialist which was a natural fit given her love of reading. As a fifth grade teacher, she instilled the love of reading to her students by reading to them each day after their lunch break.

As befitting a home economics major, Ann was an outstanding cook. She took great joy in keeping her friends and family well fed, particularly when family returned home for visits. Ann especially enjoyed cooking for her grandson, Casey, and she loved every minute she spent with her only grandchild. Ann was an extremely talented musician who played both the piano and organ, and her love of music was first reflected in her dedicated service as the accompanist for the Chipley High School Chorus during her high school career.

Additionally, after singing in the choir as a youngster, Ann served as the organist for the First United Methodist Church of Chipley during her entire high school career. She later resumed her organist activities from 1960 to 1986, and also sang in the choir (1987-2007). Throughout her life, Ann served on multiple church committees and particularly loved her service to the United Methodist Women. Ann served as President of the UMW for several years and also served as a District Representative for the Pensacola West Florida District. In addition to being an amazingly talented person, Ann's love and devotion to her family was second only to her love of God. Ann served as President of the Junior Women's Club in 1951 and 1952 and was an active member of the Spanish Trail Playhouse. As a member of the STP, she and her family were cast members in the musical productions of Carousel and Showboat.

Ann was also an exceptionally talented seamstress who spent countless hours exercising her creativity by making clothing, accessories and anything else that was needed. During her retirement years, Ann spent hours making items such as tote bags, aprons and draperies, and she enjoyed taking sewing classes with her friends at the Washington County Area Vocational Technical School. Her creations were always made to serve as gifts for friends and/or to be sold in conjunction with a church bazaar.

Ann and Paul loved to travel and upon their retirement, they took advantage of many opportunities to travel abroad as well as in the United States. Ann was an exceptionally talented vacation planner long before the Internet made it easy and she was responsible for planning all of their trips from the first out of the country family vacation to Mexico in 1965, to Europe, Hawaii and most of the U.S. national parks. Ann experienced a major stroke in 2007 which changed everybody's world but especially Paul's. However, despite all of the difficulties and lifestyle changes. Paul's constant devotion to his Ann was an inspiration to all and there was no doubt that he adored "the prettiest girl in the world."

Ann is survived by her husband of 65 years, Paul Gordy, her daughter Paula Gordy Cook (Skip), her Steve Gordy (Ruth), her grandson, Casey Cook (fiancée Shaunna Boggs), his sister, Sarah Sheppard Booth (Ormond), her sister-in-law Molly Gordy, and her niece Elizabeth Coley (Chuck).

She was predeceased by her parents, O. L. and Ethel Sheppard, and her nephew Greg Booth (Gayla).

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014 at 11:30 CST at the Chipley First United Methodist Church sanctuary, preceded by a visitation beginning at 10 a.m. CST with the Rev. Jerry May officiating. Burial will follow in the Glenwood Cemetery with Brown Funeral Home Directing. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the First United Methodist Church building fund, 1285 Jackson Street, Chipley, Florida. 32428. Family and Friends may sign the online register at www.brownfh.net

Brown Funeral Home
1068 Main St.
Chipley, Fla. 32428
850-638-4010
Published in Panama City News Herald on Feb. 16, 2014
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