Ann (Branscombe) Spring

December 12th, 2015

Ann Spring (Branscombe), age 82, a life-long resident of Wilmington, died peacefully at home surrounded by her loving family on December 12, 2015.

Ann was born on September 24, 1933; she was the cherished daughter of the late Elmer and Irene (Sumner) Branscombe. Ann was raised and educated in Wilmington and a graduate of Wilmington High School with the Class of 1951. Ann was proud of having a perfect attendance record throughout her school years and being a National Honor Society Member upon graduation .

Ann married her beloved husband Walker in 1955; the couple shared 60 wonderful years together and raised three terrific sons David, Douglas, and Dana. Ann’s love and support for her family was unconditional; she was a devoted wife, mother, and grammy; cherishing each role. Ann made a beautiful home for her family, she always had an open door policy and made everyone feel welcomed.

Ann was a woman of unending talents; she could create crafts of any kind, knit, crochet, paint, she made beautiful needlepoints, and was an incredibly talented seamstress who could whip up curtains or a new outfit in no time. Ann was also known to have a “green thumb” and was an avid gardener; she loved flowers of all kinds and had beautiful little gardens throughout her yard.

In her spare time, Ann loved to read especially mystery novels and she enjoyed square dancing with Walker as members of the “Skirts and Flirts” square dancing club in Wilmington and the Jekyll Island Squares in Georgia during winter vacations.

Ann was a woman of great faith and a very active member of the Wilmington United Methodist Church. Ann enjoyed helping out at church whenever needed and loved to participate in the Women’s Circle.

Ann helped a great deal with community projects and was one of the longest serving members of the Wilmington Women’s Club; recently earning her 50 year membership.

Ann was a very sweet lady who will be fondly remembered for her kindness towards others. Ann will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her.

Ann was the beloved wife of Walker C. Spring, devoted mother of David Spring of Plaistow, NH, Douglas Spring & his wife Diane of Phillipston, MA, and Dana Spring of North Andover. Loving “Grammy” of Britni, Brandon, Jessica, and Justin Spring. Cherished daughter of the late Elmer and Irene (Sumner) Branscombe, dear sister of Robert Branscombe & his wife Nora of Wilmington. Ann is also survived by several brothers and sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, and many dear friends.

Family and friends gathered for Visiting Hours on Monday, December 14th from 3:00-7:00 p.m. in the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington. Ann’s Funeral Service was held at the Wilmington United Methodist Church, 87 Church St. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Tuesday, December 15th at 11:00 a.m. Interment to followed in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington. In lieu of flowers donations in Ann’s memory may be made to the Wilmington United Methodist Church.


11 Entries in Guest Book for “Ann (Branscombe) Spring”

  1. Al & Yoli Coutu says:

    Dana: So sorry to hear of your loss, We have said prayers every day for her. May she rest in peace, Although we never met her, we are sure she was a REAL NICE lady…..she will be in our thoughts.

  2. Judie Gill says:

    I will miss my friend Ann and her visits to Georgia. Although Ann and I had met in our later years, we felt like lifelong friends. We shared many good times together, square dancing and just sharing over cups of tea. My condolences to Walker and her family!

  3. J. L. & Velma Hinnant says:

    We have enjoyed Ann & Walker visiting us in South Ga. and square dancing with us with the Jekyll Island Squares. We looked forward to January when they would be with us. She will be greatly missed by her South Ga. friends. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Walker & the family.

  4. Jessie T. Stepanian says:

    I am so sorry you lost your mother, Dana. Thinking of you and sending peace and love to you.

  5. Bill & Catherine Jensen says:

    Walker and family, we are so sorry for your loss. Ann was a lovely lady and will be missed by her many friends. Our deepest sympathy.

  6. Johnny & Debra Paatterson says:

    Walker, so sorry to hear of Ann’s passing. We always looked forward to when ya’ll would come down to Georgia. We will certainly miss the times we had dancing with you and Ann. I hope all the fond memories of your life together will be a comfort to you during this sad time. You and family members are in our thoughts and prayers.

  7. Jane Hill says:

    Dana, In your sorrow, may there be peace. memories of your Mother will always give you comfort………….

  8. winkie dowling says:

    Dear Walker, so sorry for the loss of your most beautiful wife. you know I always thought she was such an elegant person. we will certainly miss seeing her in the winter time. She will always remain in my mind as Miss Priss. Such a beautiful person. Take care for it will not be easy for some time to come. In loving memory of ANN. Winkie Dowling

  9. Susan Spring Raesner says:

    When Walker brought Ann home for dinner to meet the family, I can recall it as if it were yesterday . . . this beautiful copper haired girl in a lovely skirt and pretty shoes that crisscrossed her shins. That was 67 years ago. She has consistently been the core of our family as she remained always there to listen, to help and be there for us whatever the need might be. When recently diagnosed with this horrendous fatal illness, she focused not on the terrible pain, but upon the gratitude that she had for the long life of healthy days and for the life that she shared with Walker. In this way she continues to have our backs with the lesson of the beauty of living a life of gratitude. Hymns were a constant comfort for her, and when hearing that the church choir came to her home to sing for her during her last hours, a deep gratitude for the church community that she loved will always be present. Thank you, Ann, for the endless gifts that you bestowed upon each and every one of us.

  10. Karen Morano says:

    I’m deeply saddened to hear of Ann’s passing. Our friendship began nearly 40 years ago when we worked together at The Gift Center and has continued through the years. She will be missed. My sympathy to her loving family.

  11. Marianne Rapp says:

    Ann was a friend without parallel. Our sorrow is great.

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