Ann Alderson Cannon
1933 - 2020
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Ann Alderson Cannon
June 27, 1933 - October 3, 2020
Ann Alderson Cannon passed away peacefully at Pacifica Senior Living in Vacaville, California on October 3, 2020. Ann was born in San Diego to Dorothy McNeil Alderson and Winston Towle Alderson, and was a graduate of San Diego High School and San Diego State College (now University) with a degree in English Literature. She embarked on a career as a teacher, working at Mount Miguel High School in the Grossmont Unified High School District in San Diego from 1958 until 1974. She then moved to the Elk Grove area, and later Galt, near Sacramento. She taught in the Elk Grove Unified School District, primarily Joseph Kerr Middle School, from 1975 onward. During her tenure Ann taught both English and ESL. She was active in curriculum development and led the creation of a county-wide ESL program, the first of its kind in San Diego. She retired from full time teaching in 1988 but continued working with special projects and as a substitute teacher for another two decades. Ann loved to help others. To her colleagues she was a great mentor, generous with her time and attention, and her leadership roles reflected her desire to benefit others rather than be in the spotlight. Over the years she was involved in a variety of volunteer work, ranging from orphanages in Tijuana to candy stripers in Elk Grove. Ann marched to the beat of her own drum, an avid reader and lover of art but vigorous and outdoorsy. She cherished riding in the back country of San Diego County and later time on her ranchette in Galt, with her horses and a variety of animals and fruit bearing trees and plants. She enjoyed square dancing, and it was through this that she met her husband William ("Bill") Cannon. They were married from 1979 until his passing in 1995. Ann had a passion for travel and an interest in other cultures, and her innovations in ESL stemmed from this. She was fluent in Spanish and spent extended lengths of time in Mexico and Central America. She is survived by her sister Dorothy Alderson Starkey and brother-in-law Craig, and nieces and nephews Catherine Abbey (Rob) Hodges, Russell Abbey, Anna Abbey, and Miriam Abbey, Scott (Carrie) Starkey, Charles (Nicole) Starkey, and Kirsten Starkey (Todd) Telander, and grand nieces and nephews Clara Hodges (Eric) Zimmerman, McNeil Hodges, Thomas Abbey, Nina Abbey, Miles Telander, Oliver Telander, Madeline Starkey, Abigail Starkey, and Emma Louise Starkey. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband William Cannon, sister Donna Alderson Abbey, and brother-in-law Arlen Laurence ("Laurie") Abbey. Ann was an active member of the Bahá'í community in the Elk Grove area. In accordance with Bahá'í practices she was promptly interred near her place of passing, at Vacaville-Elmira Cemetery, with a graveside service on October 6.

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Published in San Diego Union-Tribune on Dec. 17, 2020.
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December 19, 2020
My condolences to the family. Mrs. Cannon was my 7th grade English teacher at Kerr MS. She was tough, strict & had high standards for all of us students and the best grammar-writing teacher I had in all my education years. Her lasting legacy is living a rich, full life and influenced me to become the educator for the past 30 years. I was thrilled when we ran into each other years ago, and I got to tell her “I’m a teacher like you!” Rest In Peace Mrs. Cannon. ♥
Dany'l Hanford-Van Someren
December 18, 2020
What an amazing life! I'm sure you'll all miss her! We loved Miss Alderson at Mt Miguel - we worked with her in International Club from 1961-1966. Always cheerful and lots of engaging activities. Cascarones .. eggshells filled with confetti. A bow-making machine to sell in red and black for Valentines Day. And a foreign exchange student from Germany to fuel my study of German, my eventual University major. And an inspiration to add Spanish class which has served me well in my teaching career. She was never my classroom teacher but an inspiration to volunteer that has served me well ever since!
Nancy Budzinski Jones
December 17, 2020
Dori. Sorry to see that Ann passed. The recollection that came to mind was the early Sunday morning tennis sessions with your Dad, you girls and several of us from our church high school class. All good memories.
Doren and Allene Curtiss
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