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Anna Taugher

Anna Brown Taugher

Sunday, October 6th, 1918 - Wednesday, June 17th, 2020
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Anna Brown Taugher, age 101 years old, died on June 17, 2020 at her home in Ketchum, ID. Ann was born on October 6, 1918 in Philadelphia, PA to Anna Remington Bradley and William Summers Bradley. She was raised in La Jolla, CA. She attended the University of California at Berkley where she met her husband, James Alexander Brown. They married in 1938 and were blessed with four children (David Brown, Patricia Jorgensen, Victoria Rosenberg, and Katherine Stewart), five grandchildren (Stephen Brown, Jimmy Jorgensen, Heidi Kaminski, Annie Gilligan, and Jeffrey Stewart) and nine great grandchildren (Bradley, Natalie, Jonathan, Christopher, Scotty, Drew, Annie, Matthew, and Ethan). She was widowed in 1974 at the age of 56 years and embarked on a new journey that included watercolor painting and traveling the world. She met her second husband, Donald Taugher, from Monterey, CA on a painting trip in Switzerland. Ann and Don married in 1987 and lived in Monterey until Don died in 2010. She then moved to Ketchum to be with her oldest daughter, Pat, a long-time resident.
Ann was grateful for her family, friends, faith, and a beautiful home built by her grandson, Jimmy Jorgensen, on her daughter’s (Pat Jorgensen) property in Ketchum. A teacher at heart, Ann’s creativity and love of art led her to teach watercolor painting in the Wood River Valley until she was in her mid 90’s. She often told the story of her 3rd grade teacher saying, “You can’t draw a straight line with a ruler!” Proving her teacher wrong, Ann became an accomplished artist, showing her paintings in some galleries in Monterey. Her athleticism allowed her to play tennis until her late 80’s. Always up for an adventure, she traveled the world. On her 90th birthday her whole family gathered in Ketchum to grant her wish to float down the Salmon River in Stanley, ID. As she was lifted into the river raft, she joked, “I’m being launched like the Queen Mary!” As a life long Episcopalian, her faith was strong. She was proud to serve in five different churches over the past seven decades, including St. Thomas Episcopal Church in Ketchum.
As a proud mother of four children, she never gave up her role as the matriarch of the family. At her 100th birthday party, she reflected on her life saying, “I always wanted a big family. I feel so blessed with the birth of each baby over three generations.” She stayed in touch with all of her extended family, giving them gifts, cards, phone calls and, most of all, her love. One of her best friends was her son-in-law, Gordon Rosenberg, with whom she shared many bad jokes. Since the importance of family was woven into the fabric of her life, she always asked people she met if they had children, wanting details on how old they were and what interests they had.
A memorial page with more details can be found at woodriverchapel.com where you can share messages, photos and stories of Ann. The family hopes to plan a Celebration of Life in late summer at St. Thomas Episcopal Church. In lieu of flowers, Ann requested that donations be made in her name to:

St. Thomas Episcopal Church (stthomassv.org)
P.O. Box 1070, Sun Valley, ID 83353

Hospice of Wood River Valley (hpcwrv.org)
P.O. Box 4320
Ketchum, ID 83340

The Community Library (comlib.org)
P.O. Box 2168
Ketchum, ID 83340
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    Cremation under the care of Wood River Chapel
    403 N. Main Street
    HAILEY, ID 83333
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Chris Freier

Posted at 10:57am
Thanks for many years of family fun and memories we will never forget. Much love, Marty, Chris, and Doug

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Claudia McCain

Posted at 08:02pm
Dearest Ann

Seeing you each Sunday at St Thomas lifted my heart. Even when things were challenging, you had a smile on your face happily received hugs and kisses from all of us. Your presence has been a gift. I will miss your sweet face, but I know you are in God's embrace, surrounded by light and love. I hope you feel our prayers being lifted to you.

God Bless you and your family.

Love, Claudia (McCain)

A Sarah Grunebaum

Posted at 07:58pm
I met Ann a couple of decades ago, when she taught an after-school Art class at Elkhorn Elementary School, in Castroville, CA. I don't know who contacted Ann or how she came to Elkhorn, yet I will always remember the brilliant smile she had for our students at every session. She introduced herself with that strong, clear voice of hers, letting them know how to correctly pronounce her last name (tore, as in ripping a piece of paper, which she demonstrated!). Then she launched into lesson after lesson with her indefatigable faith in young children's ability to create beautiful and meaningful works of art. In addition to teaching our students, Ann worked directly with teachers, inviting those interested to her watercolor classes in Monterey and Pacific Grove. I attended two or three classes during those years, enjoying the special attention Ann gave each of us, and appreciating her marvelous eye. Eventually, I had the opportunity to know Ann more personally, as we shared luncheon dates out and about and a regular exchange of cards. Ann was generous with her heart, her wisdom, and her laugh. I don't know which I shall miss most.

Martha Merizon

Posted at 09:42am
I met Ann several years ago at a weekly Thursday afternoon stitching group at Sun Valley Needle Arts. While most of us needlepointed OR knitted, Ann was able to do BOTH which always amazed me. I loved listening to the stories of her life and have often thought about the one day she shared with all of us the reasons she thought she had been able to stay so young at heart and so active for so many years. The reason that sticks out most in my mind is that she said she was determined to learn something new every month. (Around the the time Ann passed I had been checking into learning a second language and as I was doing some on-line investigating of courses, Ann was on my mind.) One special Thursday afternoon the members of the stitching group surprised Ann with a Birthday party. She was well into her 90's by then but still very "with it" and asking about group members who were out of town and unable to attend or wondering whether or not some of our husbands might be stopping in to greet her. It was a sad day for all of us when Ann could no longer get to our weekly group but none of us have ever forgotten about her or the little life lessons she taught us on those days. She surely will be missed by all who knew her! --Martha Merizon

Sara Pettit

Posted at 06:03pm
We will miss seeing Ann, giving her hugs, and hearing her stories. Such a joyful smile we will always remember, especially when snuggling in the blanket she made my son. Rest in eternal peace, dearest Ann. May God's light shine perpetually upon you. Love, The Pettits

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