Ann Parker Kirby, age 84 of Wilmington, NC, sadly passed away at Novant Health/New Hanover Regional Medical Center on the 29th of December 2022.
Ann was born on May 23, 1938 in High Point, NC to the late Donald Ray and Mary Elizabeth Parker. After graduating from New Hanover High School in 1956, she went on to study at Wilmington College. She grew up attending Saint Andrews Presbyterian Church, became a member of Bethany Presbyterian Church when she married and later joined the congregation of Harbor United Methodist Church.
Ann spent most of her adult life babysitting children in her home. Through the years, she loved and cared for hundreds of “her babies”. She took a 10-year break from childcare to work as an executive administrative assistant for the Wilmington Chapter of the American Red Cross, a job that brought her much joy in serving the community and helping others. She began childcare again in 2003 with the birth of her first granddaughter and continued until retiring in August 2022. But she will always be “Granny Ann” to many who loved her.
One of the biggest things Ann will be remembered for is her work in the community. Over the years she served as a Girl Scout troop leader, Pop Warner cheerleading coach, public school volunteer, Sunday School teacher and a “second mom” to many young people. She worked with local pageants for 40+ years, serving as director of the Miss Fourth of July Pageant and Miss Wilmington Pageant as well as helping with various others. Thousands of young girls were influenced by her as she helped instill in them poise, confidence, and a commitment to serving in their community. They will forever be “her girls” and she was always so proud of their accomplishments.
Ann was still serving as a member of the Azalea Festival parade committee and the Wilmington Women’s Club at the time of her death. She lived a full life where she gave so much love and was tremendously loved in return.
Ann is survived by her daughters Kimberly Bierstedt (Matt) and Jennifer Kirby of Richmond, VA., her sister Jerrie Lynn Sutton of Whiteville, and many nieces, nephews, and other extended family members and friends who loved and will miss her. The light of her eyes, however, were her granddaughters Lillian and Laila Bierstedt, whom she loved so much and was extremely proud of. In addition to her aforementioned parents, Ann is preceded in death by her husband Elton Kirby, her brother James Ray Parker, her sister Jane Southerland, and brothers-in-law Jake Sutton and James Southerland, Sr.
There will be a Visitation for Ann’s family to receive family and friends on Saturday, January 7, 2023 at 10:00am, to be held at Harbor United Methodist Church in Wilmington. There will be a Celebration of Life to immediately follow at 11:00am. All are welcome to attend.
In lieu of flowers, Ann’s family asked that donations be made in her honor to Harbor United Methodist Church Youth Group, to benefit missions and ministries.
Please leave memories and condolences for Ann’s family by signing the Tribute Wall below.
Wilmington Funeral & Cremation – Wilmington Chapel – 1535 S. 41st Street Wilmington, NC 28403 910.791.9099
Celebration of Life
Harbor United Methodist Church
4853 Masonboro Loop Road
Wilmington, NC 28409Saturday, January 7, 2023
4853 Masonboro Loop Road Wilmington, NC 28409
- Saturday, January 7, 2023
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM