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Obituary: Ann Louise Stokes

Ann Louise Stokes died peacefully of natural causes in Livingston, NJ, on Feb. 26, 2012. She was born in Brooklyn on Feb. 20, 1926. Ann was a long time resident of Manhasset and was an active and lifelong member of the town’s Congregational Church. She was also a member of the Plandome Women’s Club and of the Great Neck Teachers Association. Ann traveled extensively touring China, Africa, South America and extensively throughout Europe. She enjoyed reading, golf, sailing and boating.

Ann was a great supporter of the arts. For many years Ann had a subscription to the Metropolitan Opera, loved attending Broadway shows and the ballet. She was editor of The Spire and the the Great Neck Teachers Association newsletters.

Ann graduated from Adelphi College. Ann was passionate about education earning credits the equivalent of a Ph.D. from Columbia University School of Education. Ann taught in Malverne for three years and at Great Neck North Middle School for over 39 years. At both schools she enriched the lives of young people by sharing her love of literature, writing and music. During that time she was active with the Lincoln Center Institute for the Arts in Education.

Ann was a fairy godmother to her niece Lee Ann Winthrop Cicionne and nephew Douglas Winthrop and to the children of her cousins and of their children’s children, all 31! She shared her love of the arts with them. She took them to plays, to the opera, museums, on trips and gave them her time and lavish gifts. She especially enjoyed driving all of them around in her cherry red convertible and taking them sailing on Long Island Sound and Gardeners Bay. Ann was a generous spirit.

In lieu of flowers, please donate to the music program of the Manhasset Community Congregational Church, which was one of Ann’s many passions. Services will be held at the Manhasset Community Congregational Church Sunday, April 29 at 12:30 p.m.