Ann Coyler Rook

ROOK, Ann Coyler

Ann Coyler Rook died on November 30th while gardening at her Carmel, California home. Ann was 92. She has been a resident of the Monterey Peninsula since 1978, first a resident of Pacific Grove and the past 30 years in Carmel.

Born Elizabeth Anne Coyler in 1920 in Pasadena, she was the youngest of three children to Harry A. and Elizabeth S. Coyler. She grew up in San Marino, California, attended Polytechnic School in Pasadena and later Spence School in New York City. She attended Mills College earning a BA degree in Psychology and was Student Body President in her senior year.

She married Charles Alexander Rook in 1942 and they subsequently raised three boys in San Marino, California. She was an avid sports fan taking her sons to numerous sporting events. On their weekends for over 20 years, she and Charlie and the sons were involved in the sailing community at the Balboa Yacht Club in Newport Beach.

Ann spent five years as a court advocate working with the families of mentally ill and developmentally disable patients at the Camarrillo State Hospital. Later she worked 10 years at Port O' Call in Pasadena as both a sales person and later a buyer and after moving to the Monterey Peninsula, She spent 17 years as a sales person and buyer at Derek Rayne in Carmel and five years in sales at the Carmel Dress Shop. She was also active with the Carmel Foundation, the Carmel Library, the Point Lobos Foundation and the Monterey Aquarium.

For many years, Ann was the glue for the Coyler Clan and kept on top of her sons' activities. She was also an avid watcher of both men's and women's sports up to her death. She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles and son, William as well as brothers, Samuel and Thomas. She is survived by her sons, Thomas (Barbara) of Seattle and James (Robin) of Rio Rancho, NM. She also has four grandchildren, Michael, Jeffrey (Lauren), Julie and Jason, as well as two great-grandsons, Liam and Anderson.

There will be no services and her ashes will be spread off the Monterey Pennicula coast.

Remembrances can be made to the Carmel Foundation, P.O. Box 1050, Carmel, CA 939211

Published in Pasadena Star-News from Jan. 29 to Jan. 30, 2013