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Ann C. Bartholomew, age 85, of Burlington, WA passed away on May 31st, 2014 in Mount Vernon, WA.

Ann was born in St. Paul, MN to Edward and Agnes (McGinley) Lavelle on October 18th, 1928.

Ann was raised in Baldwin, Wisconsin, on the family's dairy farm until the age of 8, when the family moved to St. Paul MN. She graduated from Roosevelt High School in 1946 and went on to earn a nursing degree at River Falls College in WI. In 1952, she enlisted in the US Navy where she studied to be an X-ray technician at Great Lakes, IL Naval Station. In a wonderful coincidence, her only granddaughter Kara is currently attending the same boot camp in Great Lakes and will be finishing up in a couple of weeks.

Ann's first base assignment was in Oakland, CA. where she met her husband Willis "Bart" Bartholomew. They were married on June 17th, 1955 at the Old Navy Hospital Chapel in Oakland. After marrying, the couple moved to Norfolk, VA., where Bart completed Advance Hospital Core School. The next thirty years were spent relocating to various naval bases where Bart worked as a Naval Doctor. These assignments included Honolulu, HI, Newhaven, CN, Oxnard, CA, Kodiak, AK, Arvada, CO, and Rancho Palos Verdes, CA. After retirement, Ann and Bart resided on Lopez Island, WA, Anacortes, WA, Mesa, AZ, and Burlington, WA.

Ann was an avid walker and looked forward to her daily exercise classes. She enjoy crocheting, trivia and working on puzzles. Her competitiveness really showed up when she learned how to Wii Bowl and her bowling legacy at Skagit Valley Senior Village will certainly live on.

Ann is survived by her son Dave and wife Holly Bartholomew of Oak Harbor, WA; daughter Anastasia "Tosha" Nelson of West Seattle, WA; four grandchildren: Kyle Barth-olomew of Bellingham, WA, Kara Bartholomew of Burlington, WA, Greg Nelson and Taylor Nelson of Bellingham, WA; special friends, Teri and David Huynh of Burlington, WA, and Todd Nelson of Riverside, CA; her sister, Kay Gibson of Knoxville TN, sister in law Joann Lavelle of Baldwin, WI, and many nieces and nephews.

Ann is proceeded in death by her parents, her brother Jack Lavelle, brother in law George Gibson, and her loving husband of fifty four years Willis Bartholomew.

Ann spent the last five years at Skagit Valley Senior Village, formerly known as Creekside in Burlington, WA, where she participated 100 percent in every activity and event that took place there. She adored her time there and met so many new friends. Virtually everyone she developed friendships with there would consider her their best friend. Her motto was "Every day is a great day!" Her sweet soul will be deeply missed by all those who were lucky enough to spend time with her.

Suggested memorials can be made to Lopez Historical Society or a .

Her service will be held Friday, June 6th 2014 at 1:00 pm at the Eagle's Nest at Skagit Valley Senior Village 400 Gilkey Rd. in Burlington, WA. Burial to follow at Hawthorne Memorial Park.

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Published in Skagit Valley Herald Publishing Company on June 4, 2014
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