July 22, 1920 – July 3, 2014
Mrs. Ann Rutledge Packer died Thursday, July 3, 2014. A native of Florence, South Carolina, she was born on July 22, 1920, daughter of the late Robert Kennedy Rutledge and Mary Louise Scarborough Rutledge. Mrs. Packer graduated from Florence High School and received her Bachelor of Science degree, cum laude, from Furman University and completed post graduate studies at Case Western Reserve in Cleveland, Ohio. Mrs. Packer lived a long and full life and enriched the lives of those around her. She was a tireless volunteer who wanted to make her community a better place in which to live. In Jenkintown, Pennsylvania, she was on the board and served as President of the Jenkintown Day Nursery, one of the first day care centers in the region. She served on the Ladies’ Auxiliary of Abington Hospital. After moving to Waycross, Georgia in 1975, she traveled to England to learn about Hospice and, upon her return, helped to found the Satilla Hospice in Waycross, Georgia. She served on the Foundation of Waycross College, was active in the Women’s Medical Auxiliary in Waycross, Georgia, was a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution. She moved to Myrtle Beach, SC in 1993, and to Athens, Georgia in 2000. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Athens. Mrs. Packer loved reading every kind of book, needlework, bridge, bingo, and chocolate. But more than anything she loved her family. She is predeceased by her husband, Robert M. Packer, Jr., M.D. and sister, Mary Louise Rutledge McGregor, M.D. Survivors include sons and daughters-in-law Kennedy Rutledge Packer and his wife, Rhonda Hefner-Packer, Ph.D., of Athens; Robert M. Packer III, M.D. and his wife Susan J. Packer of Waycross; daughter Ann Packer Guillot, M.D. and her husband Frank M. Guillot of Burlington, Vermont; grandchildren Jamie and Pam Packer, Houston, Texas; Rusty and Courtney Packer, Portland, Maine; Brooks Packer, Valdosta; John and Christine Guillot, Seattle, Washington; Mary Louise Guillot, M.D., Sioux Falls, South Dakota; Lily Eliza Guillot, Ph.D., New Haven, Connecticut; Millicent Ann and Jonathan McWilliams, Margaret Elizabeth Packer, and Robert Kennedy Rutledge Packer, Athens. Great-grandchildren are Kennedy, Reese, Emmy Kate, and Finley Packer all of Houston, Texas, Kathryn Packer of Valdosta, GA; Annabell Olive Packer of Portland, Maine; Nicholas and Daniel Guillot of Seattle, Washington; and David McWilliams of Athens. She is also survived by her niece and namesake, Ann Rutledge McGregor of Chicago.
Mrs. Packer will be cremated and a private family memorial service will be held at a later time. In lieu of flowers the family asks that donations be made to Hospice Satilla, 808 Evergreen Way, Waycross, Georgia 31501 or the Waycross College Foundation, 2001 South Georgia Parkway, Waycross, Georgia 31501 On line condolences may be made at www.bernsteinfuneralhome.com. Bernstein Funeral Home and Cremation Service are in charge of arrangements.
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Susan Carson Dooley
September 14, 2014
For some reason, I thought of your mother and my parents tonight as I was walking and then looked for information about her and found notice of her death this past July. Your mother was my Daddy's first cousin (Boyce Carson) and my mother's (Marion) beloved roommate at Furman. They were both in the magnificent 7 and these Furman girls had a wonderful time being together off and on for most of their lives! I remember Ann fondly and remember being with all of you at Garden City when I was about 13! I believe she was the last of the 7 ladies living. Daddy died in March, 2013 at the age of 96. I think he tried to keep in touch with Ann. Please know I am thinking of you and treasure the memories of all of our parents.
July 8, 2014
Ken, and family, you will be in our prayers. Ann was a grand lady and a blessing to all who had opportunity to be with her. God's love and peace be with you.
Bernstein Funeral Home
July 5, 2014
Offering our deepest condolences during this difficult time.