Our cherished companion Ann Rutherford left us for Valhalla on the morning of Friday, Dec. 18, after an amazing nine-year fight against breast cancer. She was a shining light to all who knew her, with an infectious laugh and empathy and compassion for the world around her.
Ann Alicia Davis was born in Bay City, Michigan, January 1, 1952 and had started a career in Human Resources and management training before deciding to marry a young Naval Aviator who invited her to come along on a different journey. Before becoming a Navy wife, Ann enjoyed great success as Director of Training for the Red Lobster restaurant chain working at the corporate office in Orlando, Florida.
Ann and Bob were married in Lemoore, California, and would return three more times with other assignments worldwide interspersed over a 30-year career. After completing her BA in Art History from Fresno State, Ann applied her passion in myriad artistic endeavors including as an art curator for The Maturango Museum in Ridgecrest, California, while they were assigned to China Lake in the late 1990s. Ann was always involved with organizing the wives club charity art auctions wherever they were posted. Among her many pursuits, Ann was a certified instructor in Meyers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) personality analysis and was a popular addition to leadership and communication workshops.
Ann was proud to have served as a Navy CO’s wife five times. She enriched the families of Bob’s various commands, especially when those commands were operationally deployed. She was an enthusiastic volunteer, serving on the Wings Over America Scholarship Committee and as Chairperson of the Greater Kings County Navy Relief Program.
In 2005, with Bob’s Navy retirement on the horizon, Ann called in markers and the family returned permanently to the Coronado community she had fallen in love with twelve years earlier on a previous assignment. For ten years, she enjoyed her “dream job” at the independent bookstore, Bay Books. She was a voracious reader who enjoyed everything from memoirs to science fiction. Her favorite pastime was the rich fellowship of her book club.
Ann was an unabashed Francophile and had cornered the market on Eiffel Tower models and other Parisian memorabilia. She was a world traveler with pins in six of the seven continents.
Civically focused, Ann served as secretary of the Coronado Democrat Club.
Ann is survived by her loving husband Bob of 37 years; her devoted daughter, Madison, a magazine editor in Phoenix; her mother Violet; and sister Tracy, both of east county.
The family is so appreciative of the love and support we have received from our community. A virtual memorial service is pending. Her ashes will be interred at Arlington.