Dr. Ann O'Connor went to be with the Lord on Tuesday, June 12, 2012 after a courageous battle with cancer. She was born on Sept. 19, 1949 in Spokane, Wash. to Nelson and Mabel (Heil) Cordill. She was a graduate of Cheney High School, earning her Bachelor's degree from Washington State University in home economics, masters/specialist degree from Central Missouri State University in traffic safety education and her Ph.D. from Michigan State University in curriculum development, specializing in traffic safety. Ann was an executive for the State of Michigan with Secretary of State, Richard H. Austin for 20 years. She went on to work for the Michigan Department of Education; from there she went to work for Williamston Community Schools for several years. Ann then became a real estate agent for Coldwell Banker and then ReMax becoming a top producing agent and Associate Broker, ABR and E-PRO. She was a member of the Greater Lansing Association of Realtors.
She was a founding member of the Williamston Sunrise Rotary Club and was active in the Williamston Chamber of Commerce and Williamston Garden Club where she was a master gardener through Michigan State University.She was a former board member of the Ronald McDonald House of Mid-Michigan. Ann was active in her parish, St. Mary Catholic Church of Williamston. She was passionate about education.
Ann is survived by her loving and devoted daughter, Suzanne Johnson and Gramzi to Anna and Abraham O'Connor whom she loved and adored; sister, Kay (Michael) Poff; brother, Nelson (Ronda) Cordill, Jr., several nieces and nephews and dear friends who were by her side through her illness.
Funeral services were held in Williamston, Mich. Memorial contributions may be made to the Ann O'Connor Memorial Fund, c/o Gorsline Runciman Funeral Homes, 1730 E. Grand River Ave, East Lansing, MI 48823. On line condolences may be made at www.greastlansing.com.