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Obituary: Cress, Ann Marie

Age 77

CRESS, Ann Marie (Age 77) Of Spokane, Washington, surrounded by family passed away on December 10, 2012 losing her battle to pulmonary fibrosis. A loving wife and wonderful mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, and aunt, she is missed deeply and dearly. Born to Dorothy Koll and John Goodrich on January 27, 1935 she graduated from Marycliff High School in 1952. She married her husband of 57 years, Vernon Cress, at Saint Aloysius Church and held various secretarial positions over the years. Her primary role was as mother and friend including a life of care devoted to children, grandchildren, her own mother, and other elder family and friends in need. She was the heart force of her extended network thoughtfully remembering every birthday or anniversary and always putting others before herself. She loved to dance with her husband and walk through the neighborhood each morning greeting everyone she passed with a warm smile and hello. She was fun-loving, kind, and gracious who enjoyed laughs and drinks with friends and roasting marshmallows with grandchildren at the lake cabin. She was an avid sports fan who never missed a Gonzaga Bulldogs basketball game and cheered tirelessly for the Seattle Mariners and Seahawks. She loved flowers, ocean breezes, giving and receiving hugs, and chatting daily with family and friends. It was simple beauty and unconditional love that characterizes the life of Ann Marie Cress. She was preceded in death by her parents and sons Daniel and Freddy. She is survived by her brother John Goodrich (Therese), husband, Vernon L. Cress; children Ginnie Hawkinson (Thomas), Christine M. Cress (Beth), Timothy J. Cress (Becky), and Cynthia A. Wageman (Tyler); grandchildren Jeffrey Hawkinson, Jennifer Balch, Beau CressAllen, Suraj CressAllen, Kalanit Cress, Leah Cress, Noa Cress, Alexandra Schmitt, Wesley Wageman, Brooklyn Wageman, Ami (Scott) Hawk , Kelly Cress, Randi Cress, great-grandchildren Ginny Balch, Jonathan Balch, Abby Hawk, Spencer Hawk, and Nathan Henken, and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins. Visitation will be held Friday, December 14, 2012 from 12 Noon until 7 PM with a Vigil Service to follow at 7 PM, both at the funeral home. A Funeral Mass will take place Saturday, December 15, 2012 at 1 PM at St. John Vianney Catholic Church and Interment will follow at St. Joseph Cemetery. Please visit Ann’s on-line memorial at Arrangements entrusted to:


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