Ann was the beautiful daughter of Vernon A & Maycile King, October 19, 1946. She graduated from Selmer High School in 1964, & was united in marriage to Donald Ray North February 10, 1964. Together they shared a happy life, chasing many exciting adventures together, including being active members of bowling leagues for a lot of years, one of their many passions, as well as sharing a huge interest in antiques & beautiful glassware, especially red Moon & Star glass. At one time, they even had their own small business on the side, Dirt Roads Junk, where they sold all kinds of antiques, collectibles, glassware & other miscellaneous old items on eBay & by taking them to a friend's local auction. They enjoyed this immensely, as well as traveling far and wide to other auctions & making lots of yard sales every week. Memphis was their sweet spot for yard sales, every Friday or Saturday morning, sometimes both, they would head out very early to find their treasures to keep their business stocked.
Ann was an excellent cook, her chocolate pies & carrot cakes were mouthwatering, as was anything else she put on the table, and her niece Pam loved her legendary Red Velvet Cake! She was also an immaculate housekeeper, there was never anything out of place & everything was always spotless. She loved gardening and piddling in her flowers, and spent as much time as possible outside. She loved her dogs, Judy & Gibbs, and had enjoyed raising chickens & ducks for many years till her health became so bad she was forced to give that up. She loved a good game of poker, rook or dominoes & enjoyed playing with the family at gatherings.
In the earlier years of their marriage, she & Donald Ray lived in Corinth & Ann worked as a secretary at City Finance in Corinth. Due to their deep love of bowling, the the were offered the opportunity to manage the Plaza Lanes Bowling Alley in Corinth, and they ran the bowling alley for several years at night before returning home to Selmer, where Ann went to work @ Brown Shoe on 45 N Hwy where she also served as a Union Steward there. Their participation in the bowling leagues continued for many years though after they moved home. Ann worked at the Shoe Factory for many years before deciding to retire and become a stay at home mom when their daughter Jennifer was about 5. She never returned to the active work force.
Ann was a wonderful wife, mom & a deeply loved Auntie Ann to her beloved Great Nephew & Niece, Cade & Reese Gladish, to who she was completely devoted to.
Ann was a devout Christian, attending worship services at Locke Rd Baptist Church faithfully as long as her health allowed her to.
Ann was called home to be with her Lord Jesus Christ Tuesday, January 30, 2024 at the age of 77 years. She leaves behind to cherish her memory her daughter, Jennifer North; brother, Joe E King & wife Donna all of Selmer; niece, Pam King Gladish & husband Bart; great nephew & niece Cade & Reese Gladish of Adamsville, TN; brother-in-law, Joe North; nieces, Stephanie Cross, Shannon Schuler & Husband Craig; great nephew, Hunter Cross all of Jackson TN; sister-in-law, Anita Carter of Macon, GA; sister-in-law, Wilma North; niece, Sharron Oldham & Husband Kirby; great niece, Kelly Craig & Husband Joseph all of Memphis TN.
In addition to her parents, Vernon A. King & Maycile King, Ann was preceded in death by her husband, Donald Ray North on December 18, 2002; two brothers-in-law, James Kelly North of Ramer TN & Dr. Tim Carter of Macon GA; sister-in-law, Nancy North of Jackson TN.
A memorial service will be held at Shackelford Funeral Home in Selmer February 8 with visitation from 5-7 PM & services by Bro Bobby Bray @ 7 PM.