ANN COLLAR BRODER March 7, 1929 - September 30, 2016 Ann Creighton Collar Broder, of Arlington, passed away Friday, September 30, 2016, following a brief illness. She was 87 years old. Ann played many roles in her long life: precocious Indiana farm girl; gifted University of Chicago student; spouse of political reporter and columnist David S. Broder, mother to four sons; Arlington County political activist; Arlington County Board of Education member and leader; world traveler, artist and patron of the arts; philanthropist; and political mentor. It was a life fully-lived. She left her mark on Arlington County over six decades of activism, first through her leadership roles in Arlingtonians for a Better County, and later through eight years of service on the Arlington County Board of Education, including two terms as Board Chairman. In later years, Ann was an active supporter of the Arlington Street People's Assistance Network (A-SPAN) and the Arlington Arts Center. She continued her political volunteer work well into her 80's, serving most recently as the Democratic Precinct Captain for The Jefferson, the high-rise apartment building where she lived in Arlington. Ann never lost touch with her Midwestern roots. She spent virtually every summer of her life at a rustic wood cottage on Beaver Island, Michigan, that had been built by her grandfather before World War I. She was deeply attached to Beaver Island, and her ashes will be interred there next summer, not far from the family cottage. Survivors include her four sons, George, Josh (Karen Leiner), Matthew (Susan Neitlich), and Michael (Robin); seven grandchildren; and a wide circle of friends. She was predeceased by her husband and her brother, William. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, November 12, from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Arlington Arts Center, 3550 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, VA. In lieu of flowers, gifts can be sent to the Arlington Arts Center ( www.arlingtonartscenter.org ), or to the Beaver Island Historical Society ( www.beaverislandhistory.org ).
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