Ann Adele Ford

Born on May 2, 1954, in Bedford, Indiana
Departed on June 2, 2021 in Melbourne, Florida

Ann Adele Ford, 67, of Melbourne, FL passed away unexpectedly and suddenly on June 2, 2021 in Melbourne, FL. Ann was born on May 2, 1954 in Bedford, IN to Doyle A. and Adele (Byers) Cobb, she was the middle of 5 children. Ann is survived by her two older brothers Ronald Doyle (Sue) Cobb of Vallonia, IN and Michael Edward (Helen) Cobb of Melbourne, FL as well as her two younger sisters Robyn Lorraine (John) Garland of Jacksonville, FL and Deborah Dianne Cobb of Bedford, IN. Ann graduated from Bedford High School in 1972 and has always enjoyed returning to Bedford for her high school reunions. Ann became a registered nurse graduating from Indiana University of Kokomo in May 1976. It was there that she met her loving husband Robert “Bob” Charles Ford II from Kokomo, IN. They married on June 5, 1976, she passed away just shy of their 45th wedding anniversary. Bob and Ann moved to Melbourne, FL in 1977 where they started their family and careers. They had three children; Aimee Adele Whitlock, Amanda Brooke Sturgil, and Robert “Bobby” Charles Ford III. After her kids were grown, Ann returned to Indiana University of Kokomo and attained her Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing degree in May 2004. Ann was a well-known nurse for over 44 years starting as an Obstetrics nurse with Dr. Victor Alvarez, then moving onto a GI lab nurse at Holmes Regional Medical Center, and finally a nurse at the Breast Center all in Melbourne, FL. She retired in July 2019.

Ann is preceded in death by her mother, Adele, and father, Doyle, her in-laws Robert Charles Ford and Betty Louise (Young) Ford. She is survived by her husband Bob; daughters Aimee (Dave Larkin) Whitlock, Amanda (Shannon) Sturgil; son Bobby (Holly) Ford; grandchildren Madison Ann-Adele (Tony Jenkins) Whitlock (21), Christian Kai Reeves (Cali Hirst) Whitlock (19), Shaelen Louise Whitlock (15), Skylar Ashley Sturgil (10), Brooklyn Ann Sturgil (10), Laken Frances Whitlock (7), Abigail Rose Ford (6), Charlotte Elizabeth Ford (4), Robert “Charlie” Charles Ford IV (3); great-grandchildren Jesiah Matey Jenkins (3), Chloe Noelle Whitlock (8 months), and another on the way; and her beloved dogs Levi and Tuxedo. Ann has many nieces, nephews, great nieces, great nephews, and cousins all whom were very special to her.

Ann was not only a skilled and empathetic nurse, she was a devoted wife, sister, loving mother, mother-in-law, grandmother “Nana”, great grandmother, aunt, great aunt, and friend. Ann was an angel here on earth. She cared for her mother-in-law, then her own mother, all while caring for all those named above. Ann loved unconditionally and always looked for the good in people. She was fiercely caring, loyal, and giving. Her smile and laugh were contagious, she always made you feel welcome and as if you were the only person in the room. She knew not only about you but about your friends and family and would always ask about them. Ann never missed a birthday and loved to sing the birthday song first thing in the morning on our special day. Ann was the “rock” of our family, she was the glue that kept us all together. We are all beyond devastated. She left behind a massive absence that can never be replaced.

“Life is a Journey, not a Destination”

Memorial Services will be held at:
Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church
1710 Hickory St.
Melbourne, FL 32901
Saturday June 19, 2021 at 10am
Reception for family and friends will be held at Suntree Country Club immediately following at 12PM.

Anyone wishing to share expressions of sympathy is asked to consider donations in Ann’s name to: Indiana University of Kokomo School of Nursing
“Write in gift area”: Ann Adele Ford Memorial Nursing Scholarship

You never said I’m leaving
You never said goodbye.
You were gone before I knew it,
And only God knew why.
A million times I needed you,
A million times I cried.
If love alone could have saved you,
You never would have died.
In life I loved you dearly,
In death I love you still.
In my heart you hold a place,
That no one could ever fill.
It broke my heart to lose you,
But you didn’t go alone
For part of me went with you,
The day God took you home.

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Adrienne Stewart from Melbourne wrote on June 11, 2021:
I have so many wonderful memories in the Ford house. Ann always made me feel loved and special. She was always so caring and funny. We always had such a fun time! Hearing this news was devastating and heart breaks for all of you. Ann loved her family more than anything. She was an amazing Mom. She will always hold a special place in my heart. Thinking of all you ❤️
Perry and Kathleen Frogge from Palm Bay wrote on June 11, 2021:
Our heartfelt condolences and love to the entire Ford family for the loss of your beloved Ann. May she rest in peace. Our thoughts and prayers to all.
Uncle Kevin from Brisbane. Australia wrote on June 11, 2021:
Think of you all from afar. Sending my love to you all.
Gene and Becky Cavallucci from West Melbourne wrote on June 11, 2021:
Our thoughts and prayers are with the entire family during this difficult time. Gene and Becky Cavallucci
David Williams from Merritt Island wrote on June 11, 2021:
We here at MedFast are sorry for your loss. Your family and ours are deeply rooted in this community providing healthcare. We hope to continue to build upon the heath care compassion that your mother and family have exemplified. Life truly is a journey and not a destination. God willing we will all meet again and celebrate together at the end of the journey.
Sandy Noe from Hutchinson Island wrote on June 11, 2021:
Prayers and love to the entire Ford family....There are NO words to express how I feel and how much Ann will be missed. Her smiles, her laughter, her friendship and her nursing expertise!! What a beautiful family she nurtured. I miss you today and always Ann!!!!
Floyd Blackwill from Sebastian, FL wrote on June 11, 2021:
We are thinking about you, and can't imagine the feeling of loss you have. Ann with live through the people that she cared for while a nurse. Mostly, through her family who thought of her as a wife, mom, grandmother "Nana', an great-grandmother.
Timmy Lescop from Toronto wrote on June 11, 2021:
My deepest sympathies go out to the Ford family. Timmy
Gaye Marriott from Melbourne Fl wrote on June 11, 2021:
Anne was a gift to all her family and friends, the epitome of caring. I feel privileged to have known her. I wish we could be planning that trip to New Zealand and Australia. I wish strength and comfort in memories to her beautiful family. Rest In Peace and tranquility Anne.
William and Michelle Feltovic from Windsor, CT wrote on June 11, 2021:
To Ann's family: we are deeply sorry for your loss, and cannot imagine how much she will be missed. You will be in our prayers.
Kisha Williams from Melbourne wrote on June 11, 2021:
Words just can’t describe how sadly I felt every since I received the news of Mrs Ann passing. I had the opportunity of working with her at the Breast Center. She was such a joy to work with & talk with she will be truly missed. May her soul continue to rest in the arms of our Lord & Savior Jesus Christ. My thoughts & prayers are with you all. Rest on Mrs Ann until we meet again.❤️
Jordan & Amy Luhn from Indialantic wrote on June 10, 2021:
To the Ford Family… We are thinking and praying for you all! We we so very sorry to hear about the loss of your beautiful wife, mother, and grandmother. May your memories bring you peace. We love you guys!
Jordan & Amy Luhn from Indialantic wrote on June 10, 2021:
To the Ford Family… We are thinking and praying for you all! We we so very sorry to hear about your beautiful wife, mother, and grandmother. May your memories bring you peace. We love you guys!
Emily Harrell from ALPHARETTA wrote on June 10, 2021:
I did not know Ann very well, but I could feel her warmth and energy from the first time I met her. She was so full of love for life and for her family. I know she will be missed greatly.
Michelle Hinkle from Mount Croghan wrote on June 10, 2021:
Ann was such a beautiful lady, not just on the outside, so caring and sweet! She made us feel like she had known us for a lifetime, I’ll never forget her kindness! Praying for her wonderful family, may God comfort each and everyone of you always! Much love Michelle & Tim
Luanne Green from MALABAR wrote on June 10, 2021:
Ann was an angel here on earth. She cared dearly for everyone she encountered. Her smile will be deeply missed by all that knew her. You will never be forgotten. Rest in peace my co worker and friend.
Steve and Chris Sturgil from Florence, KY wrote on June 10, 2021:
Ann was such a wonderful person inside and out. Chris and I have known her since my son married her daughter. Always enjoyed Ann's warm compassionate heart and welcoming personality. She was one of a kind. Prayers for Bob and the family. She will be missed...
Alicia Burr from ALPHARETTA wrote on June 10, 2021:
You all remain in our thoughts and prayers. Ann was a lovely lady. Peace be with all of you, Alicia Rex Chad and Caroline Burr
Linda Hadeed from Viera wrote on June 10, 2021:
What a tragic loss for Bob and all the family. It is still with disbelief that this could have happened to my wonderful friend and neighbor Ann. It’s with a heavy heart that every morning as I walk by I remember she has gone. Oh how I miss her smile, her laugh, her frustration with politics, her love for all her family and friends, and the enjoyment of life she had living in our neighborhood always interested in what went on. Ever wanting to go out to a party. I’ll miss her walking by my study window with her two little friends Following her faithfully. They miss her to. She was one of the kindest living person I have known RIP Dearest Ann you are so missed
Patrick Riazzi from Melbourne wrote on June 10, 2021:
Ann was a lovely person and a cherished friend. My prayers go out to Bob and family.
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