Ann Parker Kirby

May 23, 1938 - December 29, 2022
Ann Parker Kirby


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 28409

Saturday, January 7, 2023
11:00 AM



Visiting Hours

Harbor United Methodist Church - Directions
4853 Masonboro Loop Road Wilmington, NC 28409
  • Saturday, January 7, 2023
  • 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

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  • January 05, 2023
    Lisa Hill lit a candle:
    Lit since January 5, 2023 at 1:01:11 AM

  • January 04, 2023
    Heather says:
    Iam deeply sorry to hear about Mrs. Ann she was such a wonderful lady! My daughter and I know her through pagaents and she was she always came up to my daughter (Reese) and gave her hugs and was always so glad to see her. She touched so many young girls life, she had a heart of gold and I will never forget just how special she was. Love Heather and Reese Brinckman

  • January 04, 2023
    Karen Longordo says:
    Kim, thank you for sharing your beautiful mother with her community. We are sorry for your loss. A very special angel has gained her wings. We are forever grateful for the roll she played in our lives! Rest In Peace sweet Ann.

  • January 03, 2023
    Tiffany Jernigan says:
    Ms. Ann was one of the most kind, selfless, and loving people I’ve ever had the pleasure to know. Her passion for girls being confident was astounding, and that beautiful light she instilled will shine bright for many years to come. Her passing is devastating to so many, as the world lost an admirable woman and great leader. Mrs. Kim, Lilly, and Laila, my heart and prayers go out to you. She will always be with you… right in your heart. Love, Tiffany, KayLee, Allison, and Carah Jernigan ❤️

  • January 03, 2023
    Mary Sanders says:
    Kim, I am so sorry for your loss, your mom was an amazing woman, and a good friend. Praying for you and family. Love you