Marshall-Donnelly-Combs Funeral Home

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Anne C. Ford

July 26, 1945September 12, 2020

Anne C Ford born July 26, 1945, passed peacefully from this life surrounded by family on Sept 12, 2020 after a brief illness.

Anne was the oldest daughter of Vaden Nichols “Nick” Ford and Mary Cunningham Ford who preceded her in death as did her beloved younger sister, Margaret Lynne Ford.

Anne was a native Nashvillian, graduated from St Cecilia Academy, George Peabody University at Vanderbilt and attended the New York School of Interior Design in New York City. She established Anne Ford and Associates, her Interior Design firm, in 1980 and worked tirelessly her entire career to design beautiful spaces with her special style and grace, delighting her clients who became her instant and dear friends. She was a longtime member of The Centennial Club, Cheekwood Botanical Gardens, and the Daughters of The American Revolution. Anne drew people to her with her warm, infectious laugh and made everyone feel at home in her presence.

She will be deeply missed. Anne loved traveling (especially traveling throughout Europe). She was a consummate hostess; entertaining, cooking and arranging flowers. She loved gardening, shopping for exquisite antiques and spending time with friends and family.

Anne is survived by Anne Cunningham (Joe) Maddux, her aunt, and a large number of loving cousins. In lieu of flowers, the family would be grateful if donations were made in Anne’s memory to Cheekwood, St. Cecilia Academy, or the charity of your choice.

Funeral Mass at St Henry’s Catholic Church at 11 am Thursday, September 17, 2020. Pallbearers: Joe Maddux, Jr, John Maddux, Walt Cunningham, Mark Cunningham, Jeff Cost, Harrison Shields, Seth Cost, John Philip Cost and Jonathan Golab.


  • Funeral Mass

    Thursday, September 17, 2020

  • Funeral Service

    Thursday, September 17, 2020


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Jenny Lynn Ford Penuel

September 19, 2020

My father, Chris Ford, thought the world of his cousins, Anne and Lynn....so much so that my sisters and I have their names as our middle names. Our meetings with Anne at family reunions and special occasions were all too few and far between, but when we had the opportunity to share her company, it was obvious why everyone who knew her loved her so. She always had an infectious smile and warm conversation to share. Truly a sweet spirit and a generous heart that I am blessed to have known.

Devoran atwood

September 17, 2020

I started working with Anne when she opened her business. My oldest Daughter had the the privilege of caring for her.
She will be greatly missed
Devoran Atwood

Tracy Barry

September 16, 2020

I am broken-hearted to hear of the passing of one of the most precious women in my life. Not only was Anne my mentor, employer, and friend but a woman I loved and cherished as I know those that knew her did as well.
I was introduced to Anne while in high school by my Mother, Elaine Eldridge, and began helping her during the summers beginning in 1980. Grateful, Anne always had work for me throughout 30+ yrs during her career assisting her in many areas! Being in the presence of greatness over the years I got spend with Anne is an irreplaceable gift I have and always will treasure for the rest of my life! I feel so very fortunate to have had the opportunity to talk with and spend a girls lunch date with Anne a year ago before losing contact. Although heartbroken, I know where you are and that you are at peace Anne! I look forward to our next meeting! Love you! Tracy Barry


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