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Ann Bisson

March 15, 1948January 7, 2020

Former Arlington County Deputy Commissioner of the Revenue Ann Bisson Dies

Ann Bisson, a long-time resident and former Deputy Commissioner of the Revenue for Arlington County, passed away peacefully on January 7, 2020.

Born in St. Paul, Minn., in 1948, Ann moved to Arlington County in 1992. Ann earned an A.S. Degree in Business Administration from the Northern Virginia Community College in 2000 and a B.S. Degree in Finance from George Mason University in 2001. She was inducted into the Golden Key International Honor Society and the Beta Alpha Psi International Honor Organization. In 2005, Ann was awarded the Chartered Life Underwriter (CLU) professional designation for her expertise and years of experience in insurance and estate planning.

Leveraging Ann’s 20 years of experience in business and marketing, the Arlington Commissioner of Revenue, Ingrid Morroy, appointed Ann as Deputy Commissioner for the Business Tax Division in 2004. Ann served in the Commissioner’s Office until her retirement in 2017.

Ann helped facilitate Commissioner Morroy’s bold election program to foster a proactive, customer-focused approach for serving Arlington’s businesses and residents, to improve the speed and accuracy of customer services with new technology that integrated department and county programs, and to establish an online system with a one-stop shop for business tax and license filings.

Ann’s responsibilities included assisting businesses and county departments cut through red tape and resolve issues that created delays for the approval of operating licenses and permits. In recognition of her exemplary service to Arlington’s business community, the Arlington Chamber of Commerce presented Ann with a Friend of Small Business award in May 2015.

In addition to her work in the Commissioner’s office, Ann was very active in the community. She graduated from the Leadership Arlington Center for Leadership Excellence and volunteered her time for its annual community activities. She was an active board member of Organized Women Voters of Arlington and participated in meetings of the Arlington County Civic Federation and Arlington’s Committee of 100. Ann also was an enthusiastic volunteer in the Arlington County Democratic Committee.

Contributions may be made in Ann’s memory to Doorways for Women and Families at PO Box 100185 Arlington, VA, 22210, or to Capital Caring Health (hospice), 3180 Fairview Park Drive, Suite 500, Falls Church, VA 22042.

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Linda Serie

March 10, 2020

There will never be another Ann. Her very special gifts and love of life were shared with everyone she met. I felt blessed and honored to have had her in my life and will miss her greatly.

Divya Shenoy

February 20, 2020

Ann was such an amazing, smart, fun-loving - and very stylish- lady. Ann was the first person to stop by to greet me when I moved into the adjacent townhouse in Arlington, and she made me feel so warmly welcomed. She often checked in on me, gave me great advice, shared stories of her free-spirited more youthful adventures, and shared some really great fashion tips. She was always so put together, and somehow made it seem effortless. She was a very classy lady. But more than anything, Ann had a really big heart. She was there for me during difficult times, and she loved to celebrate my successes and my happiness. She always wanted everyone to be happy. She adored Terry and cherished being his "Angel", as he often referred to her. Ann was a refreshing cool breeze on a summer day. Terry, I am so deeply sorry for your loss. I will miss Ann tremendously. Please do let me know if there's anything I can do to help you during this difficult time. Sending lots of love.

Linda Grove Fernanda Howard

January 29, 2020

Ann’s passing has left us struggling to find the words to describe our special friend. While we are filled with sadness, we also feel joy that we had the opportunity of knowing this wonderful, classy lady. She will always live on in our hearts and minds.

The endearing term Terry used for Ann is so appropriate... she was an “Angel” who was put on this earth to make it a better place. Ann befriended everyone she met. Her friendly, outgoing personality gave her the ability to engage in meaningful conversations with friends and strangers alike. She sincerely cared about everyone’s well-being.

In 2010, the three of us (Ann, Linda Grove, and Fernanda Howard) formed a book club to learn, grow, and mentor each other as colleagues in the business world. We used many sources & tools to deepen our understanding of ourselves and each other. Some of the qualities we uncovered about Ann are described as follows:

On the Myers Briggs assessment, Ann was an ESTJ with the hallmark trait of decisiveness. She thrived on identifying issues, researching solutions and implementing change. Her innate ability to think outside the box enabled her to find creative solutions to difficult, complex situations. She set very high standards for herself.

On the DiSC assessment, Ann was an Influencer (an “i”). She was magnetic, enthusiastic, social, warm and fun-loving. When Ann entered a room, she stood out with her vibrant personality... and also because she was an elegant, fashionable woman who always looked fabulous.

We discovered so much about each other over our book club gatherings. Ann’s passions and strengths were numerous. She was our transformer, teacher, achiever - so full of curiosity and zest.

Our aforementioned comments are our way of paying tribute to our dear friend Ann. We love her, miss her and are blessed to call her our friend. We are forever grateful that this Angel touched our lives.

Love and sympathy to Terry and family,

Linda Grove & Fernanda Howard

Donna Berk

January 28, 2020

What a beautiful person, inside and out. Like a gentle ray of sunshine.

Jacqueline Johnson

January 21, 2020

My most memorable vision of you was your bright, beautiful smile my friend.
You are resting now with our Heavenly FATHER.

Sean McBride

January 17, 2020

Ann was the life of the party! An amazing, smart, hard-working, and kind person. I still remember when she and Terry took me to a college information session, when she took me shopping for groceries, and most of all as the amazing neighbor she was. Ann was like family, and I know my family will deeply miss her. Terry, I am so sorry for your loss. Please reach out to me if there's anything I can do to help you during this difficult time.

Kerry McBride

January 16, 2020

I hadn't lived in Arlington for very long before getting in a car accident that left me on crutches for months. Ann and Terry not only stepped in, they moved in, till my sister Kirstine could fly out from London to take care of me. You were my Guardian Angel back then and you still are! I'm so grateful the boys and I got to spend Thanksgiving with you. We miss you and love you! xxx

Alan Swanson

January 14, 2020

Once I was riding the Metro from the Courthouse after picking up election supplies and I saw this lovely blonde woman I knew I knew but, could not place her; not wanting to be intrusive, I said nothing; the next day we saw each other at the polling place and we had a good laugh at that both of us had the same “out of context” recognition problem. After that, we were always glad to see each other no matter where we were. It was always wonderful to spend time with Ann and Terry the far too few times that our schedules were able to align. Ann had a pure loving soul and is dearly missed. Julie and I are holding Terry in the Light in this difficult time.

Maria Voultsides

January 13, 2020

There was only one Ann. She was beautiful, inside and out, and I still can’t believe she’s gone. She was my friend, cheerleader, advisor, confidante, and so many other things that can never be replaced. Terry, I am so sorry for your loss. You always demonstrated love and devotion to Ann, particularly during these last few difficult years. For that, we are all grateful. You and Ann are both in my thoughts during this sad time.

Julie Johansen

January 13, 2020

Terry- Dane and I will miss the wonderful times we shared with you and Ann. I have known Ann for almost 30 years. She recruited me to be a life insurance sales rep for New York Life. I remember she would invite me to her house in St. Paul for breakfast often. She taught me so many valuable things. During the holidays, she had just one Christmas decoration- 2 little Christmas people made out of marshmallows- I remember this fondly. What a delightful, smart, funny and caring person she was. We are so sorry for your loss, Terry. We are here for you. God bless Ann.