In memory of
Ann A. Sorgen
Ann Sorgen Our beloved Mimi peacefully passed away at home on Feb. 6th after a long illness. Ann Alabaster Sorgen ("Mimi") was born on April 12, 1931 in Riverside, CA, one of four daughters born to Lewis and Ellen Alabaster. Ann's early life revolved around music and the arts, and it was then that Ann developed her lifelong passion for piano playing and learning. Ann graduated from Stanford University in 1953 with a B.A. degree in Far Eastern History. In 1962 she earned a nursing degree from the College of Marin, and began working with Community Mental Health Services in the Crisis unit before moving on to counseling. In 1968 Ann graduated with a M.A in Marriage and Family Counseling from the University of San Francisco, and started a successful private practice in marriage and family counseling. She then became a consultant in 1991 with HGA Personal Care Consultants and was part of an interdisciplinary team working with clients. Ann was a docent for many years at the MOYA Historical Library in the Marin Art & Garden Center, and was their docent coordinator for several years. In addition, she ran the county's weekly Alzheimer's care givers support group for 15 years. Ann's long and vibrant career as a nurse and mental health therapist and volunteer touched many lives throughout Marin County. In 1980 Ann married Dick Bobo, a Midwesterner-turned-Californian. She was his treasured wife and best friend for 36 years. Ann loved traveling here and around the world with her devoted husband, especially with many trips to her favorite city - Paris. Spending time with their families and friends around the country was a high priority which they continuously enjoyed. Predeceased by her son, Gary Sorgen, Ann is also survived and celebrated by her husband Dick, son Scott Sorgen, daughter Laura Harris and her husband Ron, granddaughter Dani Hawes and her husband Eric, grandson Drew Huffman and his fiancée Emily, and two rambunctious great-grandsons, Cannon and Casen. Ann was a deeply caring, generous, and intelligent person, with her deepest passion being her love of family. She was an accomplished artist, so the house was filled with her art and the works of other artists. She was also an avid reader, gardener, needle pointer, and pianist. The constant and unconditional love, support, and guidance that she offered her husband, children, grandchildren, great grandchildren and a myriad of nieces and nephews, buoyed them to live life to the fullest and enjoy each day. Always gracious and kind with a keen sense of humor, she was greatly admired and deeply loved by all. In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate donations made to Ann's passionate cause, Knowledge is Power Program (KIPP). http://www.kipp.org/
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