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Florence Ann Rivers

April 20, 1933 ~ June 21, 2019 (age 86)


Ann Rivers, 86, of Pine Knoll Shores, passed away on Friday, June 21, 2019 at Brookdale Senior Living Center, surrounded by her family.

Celebration of Life Services will be held on Saturday, August 10, 2019 at 11:00 AM at the Unitarian Coastal Fellowship Church.  In tribute to Ann, attendees are welcome to bring a small object that in some way reminds them of her energy or connection to them for an altar that will be made in her memory for the day.  Attendees will be welcome to take their object back or to leave their object for a small memorial that will be created to remember her by.

Ann was a seeker, an adventurer, a free thinker, a risk taker and a lover of life.   She was born in Sterling, Ill. to Elmer and Helen Zook.  She faced many challenges in her life and yet was able while raising her five children, to go through college and graduate Summa Cum Laude, as she graduated with her PhD in Psychology, with a double major in Special Education from Kent State University.  She traveled extensively around the world, including by hiking, biking, kayaking rafting and sailing her way through.  Ann was a therapist and an activist.  All her life  she worked to make positive change in the world doing what she could to act to end racism, and for women’s rights, gay rights, and protecting the environment. The world is a more compassionate place

She is survived by her husband John Russell of Pine Knoll Shores; one daughter, Kate Biddle and husband Chris, of Willoughby Hills, OH; four sons, Jim Snyder and wife Doris, of Albright, WV, Roger Snyder and wife Marilyn, of Tionesta, PA, Jeff Snyder and wife Michelle, of Accident, MD, and Doug Snyder of Bonney Lake, WA; ten grandchildren and eight great grandchildren.

Her parents precede her in death.

Flowers are welcome, or a memorial donation in Ann’s honor can be made to Sister Communities of San Ramón, P.O. Box 766,  Durham, NC 27702, Phone: 919-489-1656,

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Memorial Service
August 10, 2019

11:00 AM
Unitarian Coastal Fellowship
1300 Evans Street
Morehead City, NC, NC 28557


Sister Communities of San Ramon
P.O. Box 766, Durham NC 27702
Tel: 1-919-489-1656

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