Ann began teaching at Andover West Junior High, math and science, around 1969 thus embarking on a career of caring and educating students which would span more than 30 years. During that time she educated thousands of students, many which would see her out and about the Merrimack Valley throughout the years. Some would say “hey Mrs. B, …remember me….and she would say “ Of course.” only to admit later, to maybe, faintly remembering a sister or brother of the student in question. Ann also achieved her Master’s degree while attending night school at Boston’s Northeastern University. In Methuen she was a loving single mother of three children, a teacher and wife to Rene who succumbed to the ravaging effects of MS in 1970. But life did not stand still. Many is the time you would find her on a dreary Saturday morning watching her son, Tom, play a dreary Fireman’s league baseball game with a select few bored dreary fathers or you could see her driving to a Sunday morning street hockey game, chicken mesh hockey nets draped over the rear of her station wagon, to make sure that again, her son Tom and his friends, would have something ‘constructive’ to do . Ann’s love for books and knowledge was keenly evident in the countless hours she treasured reading, doing crossword puzzles ( the Boston Globe’s …..IN INK) and pursing the NY Time’s and Boston Globe’s best sellers lists. She was a wonderful patron of Nevins Memorial Library in Methuen but was always was on the lookout for a good place to find a friendly book. She would have to say there were not that many books that felt her loving gaze that did not consider her to be a true friend. Later when she went down to help her daughter Rose in Virginia Ann sought refuge at the local library in Falls Church. She also found a quaint little friend in the small library in the sleepy town of Effingham, NH where she vacationed with her daughter’s family for a few weeks every summer. Rose, her daughter, often said that she was amazed that Ann would often read ten books a week. While other mothers sought refuge in having their nails done, Ann sought solace in a good book, even if she had read it many times before . As an employee at Nevins from 1998 she was admired and well liked. Ann’s many friends at Nevins’s library were like her second family and Nevins was her home away from home . I know she missed them very much when she moved to Virginia.