Ann Holladay Stevens Buckner died peacefully on Thursday Dec. 20 at UNC Memorial Hospital with her beloved children at her bedside.
She is survived by two sons, Clay Buckner of Carrboro, N.C. (daughter-in-law Jamie Allison) and Henry Buckner of Pittsboro, N.C. (daughter-in-law Gerri Roberts), a daughter Liza Buckner of Petaluma Calif., a grandson, Thomas Buckner, and sisters, Dorothy McConnell of Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. and Elizabeth Stevens of Albuquerque, N.M.
A long time resident of Alamance County where she had deep roots, Ann was born on Nov. 6, 1927, the daughter of Paul and Elizabeth Niles Stevens of Alamance, N.C. She grew up on Road's End Farm, family land that later became Cedarock Park.
Educated at St. Mary's College in Raleigh and Goucher College in Baltimore Md., Ann was a woman of varied interests and talents. She loved horses and became an accomplished and fearless equestrienne very early in her life, and in her youth trained for her pilot's license. She fished well, wrote poetry, enjoyed bird watching and was an active member of her local Audubon Society as long as health permitted. Ann also loved music and enjoyed her church, especially singing in the choir. She was a philosophical person who generally maintained a sense of wonder at the world and all of its inhabitants. She admired innocence.
Her working life was spent at the Alamance County Department of Social Services where she was highly regarded as a skilled and compassionate social worker.
A memorial service will take place on Saturday, Jan. 12, at 2 p.m. at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church in Haw River, NC.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Ann's memory to St. Andrew's Church, or the