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KING, Ann Ann King, Founder /CEO Blooming Cookies, Save Our Pets Food Bank, Morningside Community Garden. Theresa Ann King, friend, sister, entrepreneur, visionary, and animal lover left this world on Wednesday, March 7, 2012. Ann was born in Columbus, Georgia on September 22, 1951, the daughter of Robert A. "Pete" King and Doris Coker King (Newsom). Ann was very proud of her parents and sisters Carole and Sally, and her Columbus and Abbeville, SC heritage. Her mother was the first Miss Georgia in the state's history. She was a 1969 graduate of Columbus High School and graduated from the University of Georgia in 1973 with an ABJ in Journalism. While at UGA and in leadership positions in her Tri-Delta Sorority, she honed her abilities in public relations as well the ability to talk anyone into anything. There was no better story teller in the world than Ann King. After College and during the glamour days of air travel, Ann became a flight attendant for Delta Airlines and traveled the world. Her fellow flight attendants became life-long friends. While watching a TV program one morning in 1984, Ann was impressed by the featured product, long-stemmed roses. Soon after, Ann founded Blooming Cookies, which became a multi-million dollar nationally recognized gift company. The rocking horse Ann created as a baby gift holds a special place in thousands of homes. Ann graciously provided support and advice to others seeking to start their own businesses and often spoke at conferences and in classrooms about her experience in starting and running a successful business. Although Ann won numerous awards and recognitions and was widely known and respected in the business community, she would want to be remembered for providing jobs for hundreds of people, creating a workplace family, and making gifts that made a difference in people's lives. Ann loved her family and friends, many of whom knew her as the "Mayor of Morningside" because of her long-term active involvement in the neighborhood. She knew her neighbors and genuinely cared about them. If someone needed help, Ann was the first one there. Ann was a friend to all animals. Her life was dedicated to taking care of and rescuing animals of all types. After closing Blooming Cookies in 2007, she founded Save Our Pets Food Bank in an effort to provide food to the pets of people who were struggling with the poor economy. Putting her CEO mindset to work, she navigated the pet food bank to national prominence and became a mentor to others in that area. Ann was a creative genius, a talented athlete, a beautiful woman, and a gentle soul. She is survived by her two sisters: Sally Burger of Pulaski, Tennessee, niece Anne Lindsey and nephew Brandon, and Carole Kendall of Columbus, niece Annesley and nephews Ran and Rob. She will be greatly missed by many close friends who loved her dearly. A memorial service for Ann will be held at 2pm on Saturday, March 17 at the Virginia Highland Church, 743 Virginia Ave. NE, Atlanta. In lieu of flowers, we request that you make a donation to the organization Ann founded, Save Our Pets Food Bank (saveourpetsfoodbank.org).
Published in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Mar. 14, 2012
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