February 15, 1938 – March 14, 2019
Ann Gregory, age 81, a resident of Lakeview Josey Ranch retirement village in Carrollton, TX passed away on Thursday, March 14, 2019. A celebration of life graveside service will be held at 1:15 pm, Friday, March 29, 2019 at the Dallas/Fort Worth National Cemetery in Grand Prairie, TX. Memorials may be made to the First United Methodist Church in DeQueen AR and Christ United Methodist Church in Farmers Branch TX, and the P.E.O. International Project of Continuing Education fund. Those wishing to leave condolences may do so on the Rhoton Funeral Home website. . Ann was born February 15, 1938 in Gainesville, Texas to Emmitt Harrold Garner and Ina Belle (Chadwell) Garner. She graduated from Crane High School in 1956 and from Sul Ross State University in 1959 with a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education and a minor in music. Ann married William “Bill” Lark Gregory, Jr on August 15, 1959 in Crane, Texas. They met when they were in grade school and were married almost 60 years. Ann, Bill and their three daughters moved to DeQueen Arkansas in 1970 where they lived for 42 years before moving back to Texas in 2012. Ann taught 4th grade for DeQueen Public Schools for over 20 years. She and her family were members of the First United Methodist Church in DeQueen where she was an active member with their music programs. Ann was also an active member of Arkansas Chapter B, P.E.O. and Texas Chapter EC. After retiring, Ann and Bill traveled the country in their RV with family and friends. Ann was preceded in death by her husband Bill Gregory by 5 weeks. She is survived by her daughters Christine Gregory of Carrollton, TX, Elizabeth Briley and her husband Graham of Norman, OK and Allison Finch and her husband Alan of Tulsa, OK grandsons, Greg Briley, Jordan Briley, Christopher Briley, Will Finch, and Josh Finch and granddaughter Page Finch and great-grandson James Briley all of Oklahoma. Two sisters, Nancy Hollingsworth of Kaufman, TX and Linda Boothe and her husband, Steve of Brownwood, TX.
- Graveside Service Friday, March 29, 2019
April 9, 2019
I am so sorry for your loss. Mrs. Gregory was our youngest son's fourth grade teacher in the early 90s. She was an amazing teacher. Our son adored her. I remember that she either was having trouble with her stapler or broke her stapler and our son was adamant about getting her just the right stapler for Christmas. It was so important to him because she was so important to him. I also remember that there was a little girl in the class that was of the Jewish faith. Mrs. Gregory considered her feelings and the class learned much about her traditions and celebrations that year. I know our son was only one of hundreds and probably thousands of children's lives that she touched. May God bless you with peace and comfort.
March 24, 2019
Wish I had known my cousin better, but I will always remember her smile and her laugh. I know that both she and Billy truly enjoyed life, even though they had hardships. And the love between the three sisters touched me. My love to all of you. Here is a photo I took of both Linda and Ann at the 2005 Garner reunion.
March 21, 2019
My sincere condolences to all of Ann's family. My thoughts and prayers are with each of you.
March 20, 2019
Your mother was such a beautiful woman, inside and out. She lit up every place she walked into! She will surely be missed. I am so sorry for your loss. Dear Lord, please bring this family healing and your perfect peace. Be with them in this time of such deep sorrow and loss, and show them your mercy. Let them depend on you and lean on you in the next few months as they adjust to this loss. In Jesus name, Amen.