Ascended into the loving arms of our blessed Father, Jesus, Mary, Joseph and the Holy Spirit on September 27, 2013 after completing a wonderful life full of many passions and blessings.
A true Iowa farm girl at heart, Ann was born on December 27, 1927 to Cleo and Helene (Beitenman) McDermott in Clinton, Iowa. One of nine children, her childhood was full of love and good humor. Early in life, she chose to serve others and excelled in a rewarding nursing career spanning from Milwaukee, WI to San Francisco, CA. Ann was instrumental in developing one of the nation's first Post-Operative Care Units at St. Mary's Hospital in Milwaukee. It was at this same hospital in 1956 that she met her lifelong love, Xavier Barrios, MD, in what could have been a made-for-TV hospital romance story...Beautiful Head Nurse of the Night Shift meets Handsome Young Intern from Texas! After moving to San Francisco, Ann served at Ralph K. Davies Hospital, St. Mary's Hospital, and San Francisco General Hospital.
She married Xavier in 1961 and quickly grew to adore the social atmosphere and foggy climate of The City. Always involved, she served as President of The San Francisco Medical Society Women's Auxiliary, was a critical force in helping establish San Francisco's Meals on Wheels, and volunteered countless other hours. She discovered a love for Mexican folk art through The Mexican Museum and served on the Museum's Board of Directors. Next to her family, her greatest passion was managing The Mexican Museum's folk art store, La Tienda, where she developed and sculpted the store's offerings into a world-class collection of Mexican folk art for collectors from the Bay Area and abroad...all as a volunteer! This passion was contagious and anyone who wandered into La Tienda got a fascinating art history lesson and a tale to share.
Ann loved to cook and entertain! She is fondly remembered for her amazing family dinners around her cherished, round, dining room table, as well as years of 4th of July and New Year's Eve parties. You never went away hungry after a meal at 171!
Ann was always a warm and dignified lady, blessed friend, nurturing and loving mom, warm and caring Nana and Tita, and faithful and dedicated wife, who welcomed, fed, entertained, and embraced anyone who entered her home or crossed her path. Heaven's gain is our loss.
Ann is survived by her loving and adoring husband of 51+ years Xavier, and her treasured children Bill, Jim (Kelley) and Patricia (Harry Glasser). Ann held a special love for her grandchildren Kathleen, Jacob, Isabelle Grace "Gracie", and Zach Vangrin.
She will also be missed by her surviving sisters, Mary Ryan and Theresa McDermott. She has joined her brothers Leonard and Bill, and sisters Jean, Helene, Lois and Josephine in heaven where she is already preparing a warm chicken enchilada casserole for everyone!
A visitation will be held at Duggan's Serra Mortuary on Tuesday, October 1 at 5pm followed by a vigil at 7pm. Funeral mass will be held at St. Stephen Church in San Francisco at 11am Wednesday October 2. Ann always wore a bright red jacket or scarf to funerals as she wanted to celebrate her friend or family member's life with joy. So in Ann's spirit of joyfulness, please wear a bright color to her services!
In lieu of floral arrangements, donations may be made to the Northern California Chapter of The