Ann (Fawcett) Pless
February 23, 1939 ~ January 6, 2014
Ann (Fawcett) Pless, quiet and unassuming, witty and a force to be reckoned with, passed away January 6, 2014, at the age of 74. This classy and gracious woman will always be remembered for her kindness and generosity. Born February 23, 1939, to the late John Henry Fawcett and Mary Alice (Bushong) Fawcett, Ann grew up and thrived in Escanaba, MI, where she graduated from Escanaba High School in 1957. Ann completed her education at Miami University in Oxford, OH, graduating in 1961. It was here, she refined her natural ability to teach. Following a move out west, Ann met the love of her life, Joseph Edward Pless, and was married April 6, 1968, in Olympia, WA. The ceremony was a small family affair, one of togetherness; understated like Ann. The couple established their home in Wenatchee, WA, where they have resided since 1969. It was here they decided to raise their family, which included two daughters, Jane and Julie, and a plethora of animals. Ann was a natural born educator and as such, she delighted in teaching, not just school, but also Vacation Bible School and Sunday school at the Presbyterian Church, where she was quite active. As a dynamic and ready part of the Presbyterian Church, she served as a Deacon for a time and also an Elder. Ann was passionate about these leadership roles in her own modest and gentle way. As a past member of The Children’s Foundation Guild and The Children’s Home Society, Ann served both organizations with great affection. Her efforts will be remembered.
Ann is survived by her beloved husband, Joseph Edward Pless of Wenatchee, WA; her daughters, Jane Pless (Dalrymple) of Bellingham, WA, and Julie Pless of Tucson, AZ; her grandchildren, Katie Dalrymple of Bellingham, WA, and Ross Dalrymple of Bellingham, WA; her sisters, Judie Beach of Phoenix, AZ, and Gail Fawcett of Phoenix, AZ; and her son-in-law, Curt Dalrymple of Bellingham, WA.
Ann was a quiet giver. She gave of her time, talents, and financial resources. She could not give enough to her community - to the children and animals. Most of all, she gave to her family. When she could give no longer, she knew it was time to go. Although she is gone from this earth, her spirit of giving lives on in our lives today. Donations may be made to the Wenatchee Valley Humane Society (www.wenatcheehumane.org) or the Mustard Seed Organization (Email mseedcc.nwi.net Mailing Address: 1007 Malaga Avenue, Wenatchee, WA 98801). She would be honored by your gift.
Services were held to celebrate and honor Ann’s life on Friday, January 10, 2014, at Jones & Jones~Betts Funeral Home in Wenatchee. Please express your thoughts and memories on the online guestbook at jonesjonesbetts.com. Arrangements by Jones & Jones~Betts Funeral Home.