It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved Mom and Grandma Ann M. Hart on January 13th, 2019 following a courageous battle with breast cancer. She fought her cancer for the last year and half with the same strength, courage and dignity that she lived her life and we will miss her dearly.
Ann was born August 25, 1942 in Albany, NY and was adopted by John and Loretta Evans of Valley Stream, NY. Her parents were in the hospitality industry and managed a resort in Florida for a while. They later moved to Lenox, MA where they owned and operated the Quincy Lodge. Ann had many happy memories of helping with hosting and entertaining the devoted seasonal guests that returned to the Inn each year.
She graduated from Lenox high school class of 1961 and married her high school sweetheart and best friend Norman “Jerry” Hart the same year. They had three children, moving to Colchester, Vermont in 1967. She was a dedicated, kind, and loving wife and mother and a devout catholic. She ran J & A Market in Colchester for 5 years and was an active organizational leader of the Flying Hooves 4H Club for 20 years. She was also very active in the American Heart Association for many years. Her interests were varied and ranged from raising sheep and horses to creating and tending the most beautiful gardens surrounding the family 'farm'. Ann loved adventure and always looked forward to her yearly trip to Key West Florida where she and Jerry would enjoy the warmth and sunshine that Florida offered while Vermont remained in a deep freeze. They met many friends down there that they enjoyed seeing every year when they returned. She surrounded herself with people who liked to have fun. She will be especially missed by the group of friends that she played Mahjong with on a regular basis.
Ann was feisty, sassy and always in charge. She was a catalyst for bringing people together to celebrate holidays and special occasions and she loved to talk...to everyone and anyone. Once you became a friend of Ann's you were always included and considered part of her extended 'family'. She was lovingly referred to by some as the 'Queen Bee' and was the rock and foundation of the family.
She is survived by her daughter Kathleen Hart of Garberville, California currently living in Colchester, son Joseph Hart and his wife Donna, daughter Patty Ahonen and her husband Timothy, and three grandchildren Travis, Danielle and John. She is also survived by her brother John Evans and his wife Joan of Nassau, NY and special friends and partners in crime Stephanie Lesage, and Sylvia Sears as well as many other dear friends and family. Ann is predeceased by her husband Jerry, who passed away in 2010.
A mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday January 26th at 10:30 at Our Lady of Grace in Colchester Village followed by a Celebration of Life at The Inn at Essex from noon until 3:00. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Burnham Memorial Library at 898 Main St. Route 2A Colchester VT 05446. Attention: Kelly McCagg