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Annie Ree Packer

Thursday, August 21, 2003

Born 7-27-1914 -- Died 8-14-2003

Annie Ree Taylor Packer, 89, army nurse, psychiatric nurse, teach-er, poet, lecturer and author died Aug. 14, 2003. The daughter of a prominent Baptist minister and herself an Episcopalian, Ann served as a first lieutenant in the United States Army during World War II, stationed in France. Returning to Arkansas, she married and continued to live a long and fulfilling life of intellectual and spiritual interests, working in the medical field. writing, pursuing her love of cooking and reading, and immersing herself in bird watching and gardening. A remarkable woman and faithful Democrat she leaves her family and friends a robust legacy of thoughtful and often amusing reflections on life, love, politics and philosophy.

Survivors are a nephew, Albert Junior Packer and his wife, Mona, of San Antonio, Texas; a niece, Martha Gregory of North Little Rock; three sisters -- Billy Joe Tatum and her husband, Hally, Idavonne Rosa, all of Melbourne, and Sammy Denoff of San Diego, Calif.; three brothers -- James Taylor and his wife, Marie, of Melbourne, Ira Taylor and his wife, Rosina of La Jolla, Calif., and Jack Taylor of Flagstaff, Ariz.; and many nieces and nephews and lifelong friends.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Glen; their son, Harold J.; her parents, Dr. and Mrs. W.O. Taylor; and a brother, Dr. O.W. Taylor.

Graveside services were at Lone Star Cemetery on at Melbourne Aug. 19, with arrangements by Eddie's Family Funeral Home of Melbourne.

Pallbearers were Angel Tatum Brummer, Lisa Tatum, Lori Tatum, Maury White Tatum Quo, Toby Tatum, Jamie Taylor, Tim Taylor, Jude Farar and Angela Southerland.

Memorials may be made to the Clinton Presidential Library Foundation or the Izard County Library in Melbourne.