April 25, 1935 - March 19, 2018
Ann Valentine Conklin passed away peacefully on March 18, 2018, in Plano, Texas. In 82 years, Ann lived a profoundly full life. She entered the world as Ann Meredith Valentine on April 25, 1935, in Hollywood, California. She spent her youth in New Jersey with her loving parents, Harold and Ora Mae Valentine, and younger sisters, Sue and Mary Jo, all of whom preceded her in death. An intelligent and capable young woman, she began college at Pembroke College (now Brown University), ultimately receiving her degree from the University of Michigan. Following a year of medical school at the University of Michigan, she married her first husband, Frederick Stucker, Jr., and began the next chapter of her life, raising their four children. While her marriage to Fred did not last, the two respected one another and maintained a relationship until her death. Ann eventually obtained a Masters in Business Administration, while simultaneously working for a commercial real estate company. In addition, she went on to teach 7th grade, sell residential real estate, and work as a paralegal. After moving to South Carolina, Ann met her second husband, Warren Conklin. Warren served as Ann’s companion, travel partner, and constant presence of joy until his passing in 2006.
Possibly her greatest passion, behind her family, Ann was an avid world traveller all of her life. Throughout the years, Ann managed to visit every continent, including a trip to Antarctica prior to Warren’s passing. Ann also spent years volunteering for numerous causes, with a focus on helping animals and counseling addicts. Following her daughter Jennie’s own battle and recovery, she became an advocate for breast cancer and the pink ribbon was a badge she proudly wore. She left this world a better place, touching many lives along the way.
Ann is survived by her four children, Frederick Stucker III and Kelly, Gloria Ross and Alan, Jennifer Bassett and Steve, and Susan Earle and Bruce. She is also survived by her grandsons Austin Ross, Christopher Bassett, Frederick “I.V.” Stucker, IV, George Earle, and Max Earle; and granddaughters Ramsey Ross, Olivia Stucker, Josephine Stucker, and Heather “Peaches” Stucker. Even into their own middle age, Ann’s children were her obsession and the light of her life only grew brighter with the addition of each grandchild. She held a special relationship with each of them, enthralled with every minute detail of their lives. They will dearly miss her almost daily phone calls and texts, that helped the entire family remain close and in touch. Ann’s family will miss her company and outpourings of wisdom, care, and love.
Ann always loved her garden and the creatures found in it and requested that her loved ones remember her in their own and think of her with each passing butterfly and bird. Donations may be made in Ann’s name to the National Breast Cancer Foundation, Inc. in Frisco, Texas.
Arrangements are under the direction of
ARIA Cremation Service and Funeral Home
19310 Preston Road
Dallas, Texas 75252
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