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Ann L. Fleming Dye

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Ann Louise Fleming Dye passed away peacefully on Saturday, February 15, 2014, in Orange County, California after a sudden and brief illness.

Ann was born on July 31, 1956, in Ogdensburg, the daughter of A. J. and Marlene S. Fleming. She was a 1974 graduate of Carthage Central High School and a 1976 graduate of Canton ATC. Ann married Thomas R. Dye on August 1, 1981 in Stanton, California. In the course of her lifetime she was employed successfully by several hospitals in the Orange Country California area. Ann had two daughters and two granddaughters.

Ann embraced life completely and those who knew her were enriched by the experience. The unconditional love and devotion she had for her husband, children, grandchildren, and parents, etc. was also extended to the many, many people she considered as friends. At numerous times in Ann’s all too short life she unselfishly put the well being of others ahead of her own. Her warmth, generosity of spirit, acceptance of others, humor, and optimism were gifts that benefited all who knew her. Ann forgave often, easily, and always graciously. Ann’s idealism and good nature caused her to believe only the best about people and sometimes to credit certain people with positive attributes that they were not worthy of. One hopes that with Ann’s passing such people might learn from her example and become better, more decent human beings.

Ann was an incredibly artistic and creative person who might well have made a highly successful career in design or fashion. Ann was able to easily transform a piece of fabric, an insignificant object, or an empty room into a work of art. Additionally, she was a voracious reader with a wide knowledge of many subjects and an opinion on everything. Ann was a wonderful and always interesting conversationalist. From a very young age Ann’s gentleness and love of the natural world enabled her forge very strong and important bonds with a variety of animals and pets: dogs, cats, rabbits, etc. As well she took an active interest in her husband’s successful participation in stock car racing and supported him in everything. Ann rediscovered her childhood and teenage love for scouting by leading and mentoring her granddaughter’s Jasvin Raya’s Girl Scout troop with her daughter Rayanna.

Ann is survived by her beloved and honorable husband, Thomas R. Dye , her cherished daughters and sons-in-law Affinity and Shawn Young and Rayanna and Gurjeet Singh, and precious granddaughters Jasvin Raya Singh and Nevaeh Young. Additionally she is survived by her devoted mother Marlene S. Fleming, her much loved mother-in-law Nylia Swanson, and a brother Matthew J. Fleming. She was predeceased by her father and grandparents.

In recent years Ann was fortunate to reconnect with many people from her past who she never forgot and were always very important to her. The kindness and friendship they shared with her will always be appreciated and remembered. The family wishes to thank especially Nancy J. Cornell for her lifelong and devoted friendship to not only Ann but to the whole family. All of this helps at a very sad and difficult time.

A memorial service for Ann with be held this summer in California at the convenience of the family. Donations in Ann’s memory may be made to the American Cancer Society, Hospice, the ASPCA, or a charity of one’s choice.

Z’’L. On ne voit bien qu’avec le coeur.

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