Anne Farley Ford (1922-2004)

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Former Steamboat Springs resident Anne Farley Ford died Sept. 29, 2004, at Chelsea Retirement Community in Chelsea, Mich. She was 82.

Anne was born July 17, 1922, in Battle Creek, Mich., to George and Clarice Farley.

After graduating from Oberlin College in 1944, Anne taught elementary school in Battle Creek; Oberlin, Ohio; and Chestnut Hill, Mass. She was an active member of PEO Fellowship Chapter CH. She was a member and past chairwoman of Friends of University Hospital and she was active in International Neighbors and Strings in the Mountains.

She particularly liked card games, crossword puzzles, playing backgammon with her daughters and reading.

She married James W. Ford on June 30, 1945, in Battle Creek. More than 40 of their 59 years of marriage were spent in Ann Arbor, Mich., where Anne volunteered in her children's schools and local charities.

Anne and Jim lived in Steamboat Springs during the summer for more than 20 years.

An avid traveler, Anne and Jim traveled to many places around the world, including trips on the Orient Express, Australia, New Zealand, Turkey and the Caribbean.

Anne spent the last years of her life living with Alzheimer's; she loved and was much loved by the many caregivers at Chelsea Retirement Community.

She had a great sense of humor and was a wise and loving wife, mother and friend. Anne will be endlessly missed.

She is survived by Jim, her loving and devoted husband; a son, Julian, and his wife, Judy, of Avon, Conn.; two daughters, Amy Milkovich of Woodland Hills, Calif., and Carol Arkin and her husband, Bob, of Columbus, Ohio; a brother, William Farley and his wife, Jo, of Seattle, Wash.; a sister-in-law, Eunice Ford of Newport, Ore.; seven grandchildren; three step-grandchildren and five great-step-grandchildren.

A private memorial service is scheduled to take place at the Chelsea Retirement Community Chapel. Donations may be made to United Methodist Retirement Communities, 809 W. Middle St., Chelsea, MI, 48118.

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