Ann Davidson Franke Gurley IRMO - Ann Davidson Franke Gurley died peacefully in her sleep on January 29, 2017, after a brief illness. Born in Louisville, Kentucky, on February 14, 1928, she was just 2 weeks shy of her 89th birthday. She was the only child of Ernest Carl Franke, Jr. and Helen Way Davidson Franke. Ann graduated from Kentucky Home School for Girls in Louisville and attended Duke University where she met Elbert "Ed" Luther Gurley, the love of her life. They were happily married from 1947 until his death in 1984, spending most of their married life in Huntsville, Alabama. For the past 22 years she has been living with and helping her daughter, Margaret Gurley, in Virginia and South Carolina. An avid reader and crossword puzzle fan, Ann never was without a book in her hand. She often would set a timer so that she could read and not forget to pick up a child or start dinner. She loved to play bridge and always cared card in case she found 3 other players. She also designed and worked needlepoint until her eyesight failed her, including being part of the needlepoint kneeler project at The Church of the Nativity in Huntsville. Her children and grandchildren have wonderful Christmas stockings which she made for them. She was happiest when she was at Cranberry Lake in the Adirondack Mountains of New York, a place she began visiting as a child in 1932. Ann is survived by her three daughters, Polly Way Gurley Redd (James), Denver, NC, Elizabeth Bush Gurley Mottram, Sarasota, FL, and Margaret Michael Gurley, Irmo, SC. Her grandchildren are Charles Hawthorne Redd (Kate Beal), Somerville, MA, Andrew Davidson Redd, Washington, DC, Paul Franke Redd, Charlotte, NC; Alexander Taylor Redd (Betsy), Somerville, MA; and Elizabeth Gurley Donald (David), Charlotte, NC. Her great-grandchildren are Madeline Olive Redd, Viola Ann Redd and William Foster Redd of Somerville, Sadie Elizabeth Redd of Charlotte, and Holden Alexander Redd, Somerville. She is also survived by several special friends, Jody Kamm Prongay (David), of Seattle, WA, Barbara Leavell Smith, Troy, NY, and a "daughter-by-another-mother" Lori Byrum, Charlotte, NC. A memorial service will be held on Thursday, February 16 at 10:00 a.m. at The Episcopal Church of the Holy Comforter, Charlotte, NC. Her ashes will be interred in Cranberry Lake, NY, when the ground thaws. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests a donation to either the Cranberry Lake Volunteer Fire Department, P.O. Box 549, Cranberry Lake, NY 12927 or the Cranberry Lake Boat Club - Dock Fund, P.O. Box 656, Cranberry Lake, NY 12927.
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