Ann Harding Boleman, was born in Birmingham, AL on November 29, 1933, and was welcomed to Heaven on May 12, 2018.
She was the daughter of the late Hunter Harding and Otha Lawson Harding. The Harding family developed land in Virginia in the 1600’s while the Lawson family was the first settlers in Cades Cove and Tuckaleechee Cove. Ann grew up enjoying time spent at the Lawson family cabin and made this experience part of many reunions enjoyed over the years by her family.
She is survived by two daughters, Linda Kress and Robin (Andy) Derryberry. She has three granddaughters, Kate Barger, Charlotte Hansen and Jessica (Kevin) Chapman. She also has three great-granddaughters, Kennedy, Kayleigh and Kambrey Chapman whom she loved and adored and they are now taking care of Rosie, her beloved dog.
After graduating from Central High School, Ann worked at Provident Insurance Company before becoming a mom. She later returned there and worked to become the first female accident underwriter and toward the end of her 28-year career, became Chief Underwriter. During those early days, she also was a church organist at Newnan Springs United Methodist Church and taught piano lessons to make sure her daughters earned college degrees without taking out student loans. She did her best to instill a strong work ethic in both of them and emphasized the importance of giving back to others.
Ann’s example of giving back was on full display at Christ United Methodist. In 2000, she helped to establish a program for seniors called LIFE (Learning is for Everyone) which she directed for 12 years. The program was blessed with growth and reached people throughout Chattanooga and North Georgia. In addition, she established the Single Ladies Supper Club which continues to meet every month for fellowship, encouragement and support during times of sickness and death. She loved singing in the choir and her strong alto voice and love of music was also passed along to her children.
In her later years, she showed up like clock-work to play the piano for the Fellowship Class. The members of the class were treasured by Ann. She was a past member of the Pilot Club of Chattanooga and a member of the Augustin Clayton DAR of Jonesboro, GA.
The family wishes to give special thanks to Dr. Will Smith and Galen Medical Group who took the heat for taking away Ann’s car and were with us on her journey with Dementia.
Ann’s favorite Bible verse carried her throughout her life. “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” First Phillipians 4:13. She was able to because HE was able to.
“Well done thy good and faithful servant. Well done.”
A celebration of life service will be held at 2:00 P.M. on Thursday, May 17, 2018 at Heritage Funeral Home, 7454 East Brainerd Road, with Rev. Nathan Malone officiating. The Fellowship Class will serve as honorary pall bearers. Ann will be buried at Greenwood Cemetery at a private family-only service.
Memorial contributions may be made to the building fund at Christ United Methodist.
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Visitation will be he from 12:00-2:00 P.M. on Thursday at the funeral home.