Ann Love Whittemore passed away peacefully on Sunday afternoon, February 19, 2017, from stroke complications, surrounded by her family who loved her dearly. She was a devoted mother, friend of many, and a beloved school teacher in Fayetteville, Tennessee for many years.
The youngest daughter of Dr. Luther and Vera Sanders Love, Ann grew up in Nashville and graduated from Donelson High School. She attended Ward-Belmont before receiving her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in education from MTSU and Peabody College, respectively. Ann began her teaching career in Nashville then taught in Memphis while her husband was in medical school. She and her husband moved to Fayetteville, TN to establish his medical practice and raise their family. After receiving her certification as a speech and hearing specialist, she taught school in Fayetteville for many years before retiring from the Lincoln County Department of Education in 1998.
Ann was deeply loyal to her family, friends and students, sharing their joys and comforting them during their hardships. She was fair minded, patient, and generous, and an advocate for the less fortunate, especially children. Ann was politically active and an avid supporter of rights of the individual. Ann loved taking motorcycle and car rides with her loving companion Hal. She enjoyed water skiing, bike riding, roller skating and needlework. She was a talented seamstress, making her children’s and grandchildren’s christening and wedding gowns, halloween costumes, and baby dresses. Ann loved flowers and grew roses and zinnias, creating beautiful arrangements and sharing them with area nursing homes. She loved music, especially Chopin, and played her piano all of her life.
Her family will miss her pancakes, rolls, salsa and jam and arriving home to pots on the stove. After a visit filled with love and laughter she would wave until they were out of sight, already looking forward to the next visit.
Ann is pre-deceased by her twin brother, Dr. Sam C Love and former husband Dr. Paul E Whittemore. She is survived by her sister, Frances Love Whittemore, of Donelson, TN, her three daughters, their husbands, eight grandchildren and nieces and nephews. Her children are Betty Ann & husband Hugh Baker, of Kailua Kona, Hawaii and their children Jonathan and Elizabeth; Kathleen & husband Mike Wise of Charleston, SC & Nashville, TN and their children Rachel, Hannah and Spencer; Joanie & husband Michael Lauman of Roanoke, VA and their children Conrad, Cameron and Jake.
Ann is also survived by her devoted friend and fiance of over 30 years, Hal Sanders, of Petersburg, TN.
The family wants to thank the staff of Village Manor in Lewisburg, and Angela and Roxanne from Avalon Hospice. They are especially grateful for the love and compassion the dedicated staff at Bailey Manor gave to Ann and her family.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations in Ann’s memory to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105, the American Civil Liberties Union, 125 Broad Street, 18th Floor, New York, NY 10004, or a charity of your choice.
A memorial service will be held 6 p.m. Wednesday, February 22, 2017 at Fayetteville First United Methodist Church. Rev. Terry Little and Rev. Ann Hatcher will officiate. Visitation with the family will be from 4 p.m. until time of service Wednesday at the church. Higgins Funeral Home is assisting the family of Ann Love Whittemore.
There are some people who just can’t be improved upon. Ann was one of those. A great lady.
Betty, Hugh & ‘ohana. Our heartfelt sympathies for your loss. A beautifully written obituary leaving me wishing I could have met this amazing woman that brought you, Betty, into this world. So grateful for her & you. A hui hou Mom. Aloha nui loa from Kalena, Jeff Eileen & ‘ohana.
I am so sorry to hear about Ann passing. She was a wonderful person and meant alot to me. You guys are in my prayers .
I am so sorry to learn of this today. Ann was a very sweet lady and I shall miss seeing her on my visits to Lincoln County.
It saddens me to think of your mama’s passing. She was lovely, and FUN!!!! What wonderful times we had when we were little, and she was always right there with us!!!! Please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you and your sisters. Much love, Susan
Ms Whittemore was a precious woman. I got to know her for a short time at Village Manor in Lewisburg. She always had her sweet smile. She loved talking about her father. I tried to get her to play the piano for me one morning, but she said “I have to be in the mood to play, and I am not in the mood right now”. She always lit up when her Hal came to see her. She loved him so much. Sorry for your loss.
I remember a fun trip with your parents in their RV for dinner at Fall Creek Falls State Park. Your mother was such a gracious lady. I am so sorry for your loss. May she rest in peace now. Suzanne
Ann was a wonderful Lady. I wish I could have known her longer. She will be missed.
A smart, witty lady living on her own terms and full of fun and good humor added a special sparkle to our lives that no one else can replace. She was one of a kind.
Dr. Bob and Donna Beavers (Dallas & Hawaii)
Dear Betty Anne and family,
We are sorry to hear of the passing of such a wonderful woman, mother, and friend. We will keep you in our thoughts and prayers.
A true Southern Lady. So precious, sweet, and caring. I will miss her wonderful stories.
That beautiful smile always took you in. She loved everyone she meet.I had the honor to teach with Ann for many years. She was a true SOUTHERN LADY.
heaven has gained an angel. Mrs. Ann was a lovely lady that will truly be missed. she was always so sweet to my great aunt Lena. we are sending our love and prayers to the family. may you find comfort in GOD’s loving embrace.
She sounds like a strong and gifted woman. I am sure she will be missed dearly by her family. Betty, Hugh, Jonathanand Elizabeth thinking of you and your loss. Sending Love
Our beloved and precious aunt. There is no way to express what you mean to us. From our beautiful wedding 40 years ago in your elegant home to all the fun family holidays and weekends to the road trips! All were more fun because you were there.
We will love and miss you forever, our precious Ann.
Sounds like a wonderful lady. Would have loved knowing her.