2016-01-29 / People

Ann A. Kilgore

Ann A. Kilgore, 88, of Coach Road in South Portland, died peacefully Jan. 19, 2016, at Gosnell Hospice House with her loving family by her side.

Ann was born in Gorham on May 15, 1927, the daughter of the late Austin and Grace (Burnham) Alden. She attended local schools and graduated from the Gorham Normal School with a BA in education.

After graduating, Ann started teaching in the Westbrook school system. It was only after she and her husband Ralph T. Kilgore decided to start a family that Ann gave up her career in teaching for her new career as a full time mother. Ann was a gifted artist and a longtime member of United Maine Craftsman, a member of the Red Hat Society, volunteer at the Cancer Community Center in South Portland, member of the United Church of Christ Woman’s Guild, avid bowler and longtime member of First Congregational Church, UCC of South Portland. After her children were grown she worked for many years as a sign maker at Sears Roebuck Company.

Ann was fortunate enough to take two world trips, a cruise and the opportunity to ride in the Good Year Blimp. She also had, in December, the honor of her quilling crafts to be on display at South Portland Branch Library.

Ann was predeceased by her husband, Ralph T. Kilgore, in 2007, and a sister, Ruth Curtis, in 2001.

She is survived by a daughter, Ginger D. and her husband Peter Garramore of Scarborough; a son, Kevin A. Kilgore of Ooltewah, Tennessee; a brother, John and his wife Shirley Alden of Gorham; grandchildren triplets, Alexis, Gabrielle and Samuel Kilgore all of Tennessee; and her beloved 14-year-old adopted cat Kissa.

Visiting hours were Jan. 23 at Conroy- Tully Crawford South Portland Chapel. A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 13 at First Congregational Church, UCC, 301 Cottage Road, South Portland. Burial will follow at Brooklawn Memorial Park, Congress Street, Portland.

Those who wish may make contributions in Ann’s memory to: Maine Cancer Community Center of South Portland, 778 Main St., South Portland, ME 04106 or the Animal Refugee League, PO Box 336, Westbrook, ME 04098.

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