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Obituary for Dr. Ann M. Andrews

November 27, 2018
Mechanicsville, Pennsylvania

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Dr. Ann M. Andrews of Mechanicsville passed away Tuesday, November 27, 2018. She was 87. Ann was the loved wife of the late Robert Andrews and was blessed to reconnect and find love again later in life with Stephen Smith. She is survived by her sons Robert, Craig (Tina), and Michael (Mindy), and her grandchildren Eric and Zachary.

Born in Philadelphia to Frank and Ann Marie Craver, Ann was a dutiful daughter and a devoted friend. She had a "sorority" of girlfriends that hung together for a lifetime before she even got to high school. But most of all, Ann was a helper.

After graduating from West Catholic High School for Girls, Ann began her career as a Jefferson Hospital nursing student under the tutelage and watchful eye of her mother. Ann never asked for or received any special treatment and always drew the toughest assignments with no complaints. Ann eventually moved into education, first as a school nurse and later as a guidance counselor in the Central Bucks School District. While working full time and raising a family, Ann continued her education. She received her Doctorate in Education from the University of Pennsylvania in 1971, and "Doctor Ann" continued to make things better for others. She then became an Assistant Superintendent at Centennial School District. As a Psychologist, her responsibilities included both Special Education and Gifted Programs. She managed a staff of dedicated helpers like herself and introduced many innovative programs that improved the lives and education of all those she encountered. In addition to modernizing existing programs, she developed programs such as one that allowed teen mothers to continue their educations at a time when that was a rarity. Never satisfied, Ann continued to help others by starting a private practice as a Psychologist, evaluating children, counseling teens, and mediating family disputes. Ann was such an understanding and supportive therapist that many former patients stayed in touch as friends and some even looked her up after years apart to let her know how much of an impact she had on their lives. Ann continued her practice right up to the end, still seeing her clients the week of her passing. Ann was a loving, positive champion for everyone she met. She "knew you could do it" and just wanted you to be happy.

When she wasn't helping others, Ann was a world traveler and a skilled bargain hunter. She traveled to China, Japan, Russia, Africa and Europe. Many of these trips were to share cultural and educational knowledge, but she also loved a good pleasure trip to the beaches of Hawaii and Mexico. Ann loved her bag sales and negotiating with street vendors in faraway lands, and took joy in dressing fashionably in her best deals. She loved her garden and the various animals that came through her life, particularly her beloved Rufus and Tsar. Ann was one of those special people who was lucky enough to make a difference while remaining humble and taking pleasure in the little things in life.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend Ann's Life Celebration, Tuesday, December 4, at the Church of Our Lady of Guadalupe, 5194 Cold Spring Creamery Road, Doylestown PA 18902, from 10:00-11:00am, and to participate in her Funeral Mass at 11am. Interment will be private.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Ann's name to J & Co. Dog Rescue, 38 Woodland Avenue, Franklinville, NJ 08322. To share your fondest memories of Ann, please visit www.lifecelebration.com.

Life Celebration services provided by Leaver/Cable of Buckingham.

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