It's hard to find the words to properly encompass the essence of who Ann Williams was. She impacted the lives of all she met, and in the end left us all richer for having known her. She was kind, thoughtful, engaging, artistic, and an amazing creative mind – a true beauty from the inside out. Ann was an inventor, an entertainer, a writer, an athlete, a visionary, a leader, a mediator and diplomat, a catalyst for change, an impeccable hostess and chef, a great homemaker, a devoted Christian and American, an unwavering friend, a loving daughter, sister and aunt, and a dedicated and loving wife, mother and grandmother and often the glue that held us all together. She was a great many things and the truest definition of what it is to be a strong woman and an extraordinary human being. |
However, as one of her five grandchildren, there is only one word to describe her, "Grammie." This term denoted may seem too ambiguous to saddle upon such a great woman, but for me its connotation truly represents the core of who she was. She was always who we needed her to be, yet she always remained herself. She was my friend and teacher. Yes, there were the lessons about etiquette and the importance of service, but there were also lessons in things like making worms out of straw wrappers at the dinner table. She taught me to see the joy in the little things – whether it was shapes in the clouds, a face hidden in a cliffside, or the joy that can be derived from a simple evening spent with your family. She taught me that a smile could be life changing. And most importantly, she taught me that with a sense of imagination and adventure, you can achieve anything or, at the very least, always be entertained.
Ann Hunt Williams (Ann Ferguson Hunt) began her adventure February 26, 1920, in Pasadena, CA. Born to Harold Brine Hunt and Isabel Ferguson Hunt, Ann developed a passion for writing at an early age. This love would carry through her life culminating in the publication of "Chuckles and Love" in 2006 – a collection of humorous and touching short stories inspired by her family and friends. In addition to writing, Ann's youth was filled with athletic endeavors like tennis, badminton, hiking, sailing, swimming, bicycling and archery.
Ann graduated from South Pasadena High School and Pasadena Junior College and worked as a secretary at Cal Tech during WWII. She married childhood friend, William J. Williams (Bill) in 1944. Together they owned and operated the Pasadena Laundromat and La Jolla Laundromat, and in their spare time built the 42-foot schooner, "Enif", named after the smallest navigable star. When the boat was launched in 1952, the young family moved to La Jolla to be near their boat.
Once in La Jolla, Ann became actively involved in her church, St James by the Sea of La Jolla, as well as the community at large. She was a member of the Women of St. James, held leadership roles in the National Society of Colonial Dames in America, Social Service League of La Jolla, Children's Home Society, Country Friends, and Saint Germaine Auxiliary. In recognition of her charitable nature and devoted work, Ann, was once named "Woman of the Year" by the Salvation Army. The proceeds from her book, "Chuckles and Love", continue her legacy by enabling several of these organizations to fund community outreach projects. Ann passed away peacefully in her home of 60 years on May 14, 2012.
Ann was preceded in death by her husband, William John Williams; brother-in-law, Robert McClary Williams; and sister, Patti Hunt Pounder. She is survived by daughter, Sandra Smith of La Jolla; son, John Williams of Peachtree City, GA; son, Richard Williams of La Jolla; and five grandchildren, Hunt and Alexa Smith, Laura and Meghan Williams, and Andrew Williams.
To all of Ann's friends and family, thank you for your enduring love. Thank you to Ann's professional and loving caretakers, and thank you to San Diego Hospice for their exceptional care and support. Every one of you is family to us. We love you.
The funeral for Ann Williams will be held Wednesday, May 30, 2012, at 2pm at St. James by the Sea Episcopal Church in La Jolla. Her burial will occur May 31, 2012, at Forest Lawn in Glendale, CA, at 1:30pm.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in memory of Ann Hunt Williams to:
St. James by the Sea Episcopal Church, 743 Prospect St, La Jolla, CA 92037; San Diego Hospice, 4311 3rd Ave, San Diego, CA 92103; Social Service League of La Jolla, 7441 Olivetas Ave, La Jolla, CA 92037.
Published in La Jolla Light on May 24, 2012