Flossie “Ann” North passed away on September 18, 2023, at the age of 76, with her husband and daughter by her side. Born on January 25, 1947, in Linden, Tennessee, Ann was a beloved wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother.
Ann’s vibrant personality and loving nature will be deeply missed by all who knew her. She was known for her sense of humor, wit, creativity, and intelligence. Her family and friends will always remember her as a sassy and funny individual who brought joy to their lives.
In 1975, Ann embarked on a journey to find her biological father and siblings. The reunion was filled with excitement and love, with her newfound family lining the streets with yellow ribbons to welcome her. Ann cherished her relationships with her dad, stepmom, sisters, and brother. She often expressed that they were the joy of her life, especially during her final days.
Ann is survived by her devoted husband of 48 years, Eric M North. She is also survived by her loving sisters, Betty Sue Rice and Shirley Smitley, and her brother Richard Pope (Kathy). Brother-in-Law Mark North (Teresa), Sisters in law Phyllis Sparks (Dave) and Dae Brown. Ann leaves behind her children Cynthia Skelton, Patricia Tapp (James), and Eric Nathan North (Amanda) and adopted daughter Joanie Merson. She was a proud grandmother to Kristian Holmes, Brianna Skelton, Samantha Skelton, Declan North, Jasper North, and Ellery North. Ann also had the joy of being a great-grandmother to Ezra and Paxton. Also grieving the loss of a lifelong friend are Jane Gilbert, Dane Bohnert, and Dennis and Kathy Kurzendoerfer. Ann never met a stranger and was loved by everyone she met.
Ann was preceded in death by her mother, Tommie Qualls, her adopted mother, Mildred LePine, her stepmother, Betty Pope, her father, Richard T Pope, and her brothers-in-law, Butch Rice and George Smitley. She was also preceded in death by her niece, Tricia Pope.
Ann attended North High School in Evansville, Indiana, and graduated with the Class of 1965. Throughout her life, Ann had a successful career at Shelf Stable Foods, Ameriqual, DSM Plastics, and Schnucks.
When she wasn’t working, Ann enjoyed various hobbies such as crochet, gardening, and spoiling her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. In her younger days, she loved camping, rock hunting, and spending time outdoors with her family and the love of her life. Even in her final days, the love she had for her family, especially her husband, was evident to everyone that met them.
A memorial service to celebrate Ann’s life will be held at a later date. Her family and friends will gather to honor her memory and share stories of the wonderful times they shared with her.
Ann’s presence will forever be missed, but her legacy of love, laughter, and cherished memories will live on in the hearts of those who knew and loved her.
Her family would like to recognize and thank the Drs and Nurses at St Vincent ICU and especially Krystia Farmer, Palliative Care RN that had been a very special caregiver to Ann over the years.