SHELBURNE - Ann Talley, 92, died peacefully in her sleep Saturday, March 29, 2014, after a long struggle with Alzheimer's disease, at The Arbor's in Shelburne. 

Ann was born April 30, 1921, in Chicago, Ill., to Ralph D. Allum and Rose Tschida. She was an artist, a wife, and a kind mother.  She was actively involved in artistic endeavors throughout her life. Prior to her marriage to Robert, she was an art teacher at Cooper Union in New York. She raised a family of three in the suburban forests of Southfield, Mich., from 1961 to 1990. Ann was a collector of living nature. She taught us all an appreciation for nature and resource conservation long before it was the popular thing to do. Ann possessed an unbridled energy for life and exhibited a compassion for all living things in the daily activities of life.

 In 1990, Ann and Robert relocated to Utica, N.Y., to be near their son, Tom. During that time, Ann served as a board member of the Utica chapter of the NAACP, and was active in the Unitarian Universalist Church of Utica. Ann moved to the Burlington, Vt., area after the death of husband, Robert, in 2001. She spent her remaining years at The Arbors in Shelburne for aid and assistance with her Alzheimer's disease.

Ann was predeceased by her husband, Robert White Talley, and is survived by sister, Jane; sons, Robert "Tom," and Richard; daughter, Carol; grandchildren, Maya, Daniel, Christine, and Natja; nieces, Eileen, Sally, and Sue; and nephew, Rob.

Memorial services will be held at a later date. Parties interested in attending will be notified. Condolences can be sent to the family via

In lieu of gifts or flower's, the family is requesting donations be made to the Alzheimer's Foundation of America at