Letitia Ann Cole, who preferred to be called Ann, was most affectionately known as Dwee, a name created by her eldest granddaughter. Ann lived the majority of her life in Westhampton but held on to her pride of being a British citizen. She loved bowling, watching soccer, and ballroom dancing, which led to meeting her husband, David. That blind date at Mountain Park Ballroom in Holyoke led to a 52-year long marriage and a lifetime of memories.
Born near the ocean in England, salt air and ocean waves continued to bring her joy throughout her life. Annual visits to Cape Ann with her children and, subsequently, her grandchildren were always enjoyable and reminisced about for months after.
Ann was a devoted wife, mother, and grandmother. Her grandchildren were a source of pride, entertainment, and joy. She valued family above all and was always happy to host holiday gatherings. Boisterous, animated Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter get-togethers were commonplace in her household.
Ann will be remembered for her quick wit, her sarcastic sense of humor, and her love of all things English.
The Time is Now (Author Unknown):
If you are ever going to love me,
Love me now, while I can know
The sweet and tender feelings
Which from true affection flow.
Love me now
While I am living.
Do not wait until I'm gone
And then have it chiseled in marble,
Sweet words on ice-cold stone.
If you have tender thoughts of me,
Please tell me now.
If you wait until I am sleeping,
Never to awaken,
There will be death between us,
And I won't hear you then.
So, if you love me, even a little bit,
Let me know it while I am living
So I can treasure it.
Ann leaves behind her daughters Susan, Elizabeth, and her “bonus” daughter Leonika, her grandchildren Katie, Emma, Gavin, and Ellery, as well as her brother, Peter, and his children John and Cathy, and all of their respective partners. Finally, she leaves behind her best friend of more than 70 years, Maureen.
Many thanks to Amy, Colleen, and Dave for your care and support.
Ann has touched the lives of many and will be missed by all.
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