Ann Tucker Jessell

October 14, 1930 - November 11, 2013
Ann Tucker Jessell


Ann Tucker Jessell of Wilmington died on November 11, 2013. She was born in Waterbury, CT on October 14, 1930. She graduated from Bishop Lee Theater School in 1951. She was in Summer Stock and Dinner Theater in CT and graduated from Western Connecticut State College magna cum laude with a degree in Speech and Theater at the age of 50.

When she moved to Wilmington in 1990 she was active in Tapestry Theater, Thalian Association, Opera House Theatre, Big Dawg Productions, Playwrights Producing Company, and St. Paul’s Episcopal Church.
She was a faithful member of All Saints Anglican Parish where she was affectionately known as “Huggles” as she loved to give and receive hugs. She was also a participant in the Elderhaus/Pace program where she received excellent care, friendship, and love. The Pace program was a bright spot in her life and many thanks go to the staff there for all they did for Ann. She is survived by several nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, November 23rd at All Saints Anglican Parish, 2623 N. College Road, Wilmington, NC 28405.

In lieu of flowers, please send memorial contributions to All Saints Anglican Parish.

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  • January 27, 2014
    Betsy Pohlman says:
    Ann and my mother, Janice, were good friends a long time ago. Ann lived with our family as a self-described "live-in nanny" for some years when I and my siblings were young. She joined us for vacations in Vermont, and as a family we spent Monday nights having dinner with Ann's mother in her apartment. I wish Ann peace in all things, and send my condolences to her family. I think of her as a courageous person and I am grateful that I had a chance to visit with her last year (2013).

  • January 28, 2014
    Greg Horton says:
    I'm sorry that we weren't in more regular communication, Auntie Jesslie, so that I would have heard of this earlier. God bless and hugs...and I hope there are standing ovations in Heaven.

  • November 15, 2013
    LeAnne Stephens says:
    Ann, Ann, Ann. You will be greatly missed by so many people...more than you ever could realize. Your sense of humor, talent for acting, fun loving nature, and ability to put on a happy face everyday--even on your bad days--are the marks that you have left in peoples hearts. It will be impossible for those who have known you, to forget you! When I think of Ann Jessell, I think of fun, toys, hugs, learning, acting, letting go, strength, wisdom, caring, quiet, laughing, and Matlock (hahaha)! So as you can see, even if I tried I would never forget...because you have imprinted my heart with every aspect of living. The best parts of living. So I say to you, ((Huggles)), here's one last good hug, and I will see you when I get there. Love you lots :)

  • November 19, 2013
    Linda Tyndall says:
    Wonderful neighbor and friend. Ann will truly be missed. She was the first one to greet me when I moved here in 2009 and was always ready to give a hug.

  • November 14, 2013
    Dr. Phil Smith says:
    Aunt Ann was an amazing woman. Acting was her life - roles in theater, film, and television were many. Safe to say that she was my favorite aunt - despite her quirks, she was an extraordinary person, who accomplished much, and gave to many.