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Ann Davidson Anthony

1924 - 2015 Obituary Condolences
Ann Davidson Anthony Obituary
July 29, 1924 - May 19, 2015 Ann Davidson Anthony, 90, passed away peacefully in her home in Newport Beach, California, on Tuesday, May 19, 2015. Ann was a devoted mother, grandmother, great grandmother and friend, and was loved by many, whose lives she touched with her gentle, gracious, mid-western spirit. Ann was born July 29, 1924, in Highland Park, Michigan, to Alice Julia (Thoreson) and Walter L. Lautner. The elder of two children, she grew up in Detroit with her sister, Caren (Mrs. Lewis Knickerbocker). Ann graduated from Central High School, where she was president of the Honor Society. She had a remarkable life, and will always be remembered for her interest in grammar, which began for her when she was in the sixth grade. While working as a secretary at Grant Advertising Agency in Detroit, she met William "Bill" Burch. They married and had two children: Julie Ann Burch, and John Lawrence Burch. In the early 1950's the family moved west, to La Canada, California, to raise their family and follow Bill's career in the auto industry. In addition to being a devoted stay-at-home mom, Ann was a volunteer at the Huntington Memorial Hospital in Pasadena and a member of the La Canada Thursday Club. She also enjoyed weekly bridge games with friends in her home. In 1970, Ann married Norman Davidson, Jr., also of La Canada. They resided at their residence on Chevy Chase Drive, where they enjoyed a full life together until Norm passed away in 1991. They also traveled frequently to their vacation homes in Wisconsin, Maui, and Palm Springs and to their boat, the Norjac, which was moored in Newport Beach. After Mr. Davidson's passing, Ann found love again at the age of 70 with Mark Anthony. They met at a dinner party given by a mutual friend, and had a wonderful, loving marriage. Together, they enjoyed spending time with many of Mark's long-time friends, which included Bob Hope, among others. After Mark's passing, Ann moved from La Canada to Newport Beach, to be closer to her family members, who meant so much to her. She lived there for 16 years. The family extends our heartfelt thanks to our mother's caregivers, Zeta, Patricia, Perlita, Evangeline, Marilyn, Warlita, Nancy, and Josie, who supported her on a day-to-day basis with their loving, patient care. Ann is survived by her daughter Julie Ann Burch of Newport Beach, son John Lawrence Burch of Mountain View, grandchildren, Lee Thomas Burch of Newport Beach, Alison Burch Rudrud of Irvine, Brian Lawrence Burch of Irvine, and great grandchildren, Carter Rudrud and Avery Rudrud, all of whom she loved so much. Ann will be remembered for her kindness, her remarkable generosity and her easy, sweet disposition. She had a long, wonderful and happy life and was loved and appreciated by all who knew her. She was a loyal friend, a great mother and an amazing human being. She will be missed. Funeral services will be held at 2 PM, May 30, 2015, in the Chapel at Pacific View Memorial Park in Corona del Mar, California, 92625.
Published in the Los Angeles Times from May 28 to May 30, 2015
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