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December 10, 1938 ~ January 25, 2024 (age 85) 85 Years Old
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Ann McCoy made the best fudge, and if you were lucky, she would make a batch for you at Christmas and deliver it neatly packaged in a holiday tin.
Ann, who turned 85 on December 10th, passed away Thursday, January 25th, after several months of declining health. She will be greatly missed by all those who knew and loved her.
Ann was born in 1938 to the late James Butler and Elsie “Pink” Bradley. As the 5th of six children, she enjoyed telling stories of her life growing up in Henderson County alongside her siblings – Betty, Jim, Gene and Maurice (all now deceased), and her younger brother, J.W. Family was always an important part of Ann’s life.
After high school, she became an X-ray technologist and spent her career working in hospitals and clinics in Asheville. In 1962, she married Harry McCoy, who brought a calming peace to her excitable personality! Some years later, they welcomed their daughter, Vicki, to their family.
Ann found great joy in helping others. After she left her career, she spent time volunteering with infants in the preschool department of Biltmore Church and as a volunteer with the Senior Companion Program providing companionship and assistance to other seniors who needed a little extra help. But nothing brought Ann more joy than her three grandchildren – Victoria, Luke and Bradley. She adored them and felt her greatest title was “Grandmama.” If your conversation with her ran longer than about five minutes, she would find a way to work their accomplishments into the conversation!
Throughout her life, Ann battled serious health issues, but she faced each day with a tenacity and a sense of humor that made others enjoy being around her. She had a quick wit and a sharp comeback for anyone who wanted to engage in friendly banter. This was her love language!
Ann leaves behind a family who loved her fully. She is survived by her daughter, Vicki Jennings and her husband, Michael; granddaughter Victoria Branham and her husband, Parker; grandson Luke Jennings; grandson Bradley Jennings and his wife, Emma, and brother J.W. Bradley and his wife, Alice. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews whom she loved dearly. Her husband, Harry, preceded her in death in 2011.
Ann’s Celebration of Life will be held on Friday, February 16th, at 5 p.m. at the Arden Campus of Biltmore Church, 35 Clayton Road, with receiving of friends starting at 4 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Four Seasons Hospice at www.fourseasonscare.org.
Asheville Mortuary is assisting the family. Tributes may be left at www.ashevillemortuaryservices.com.