Ann Thompson White was born in Ardmore, on Feb. 22, 1932, to Ruth Miller Thompson and John M. Thompson, and passed away on Dec. 14, 2017, at the age of 84, after a valiant battle with Alzheimer’s.
Ann graduated from Ardmore High School and attended the University of Oklahoma where she was a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma. At OU she met Rudy J. White and they were married on March 6, 1952. Rudy and Ann were avid Yankee fans and loved OU sports, particularly football and basketball, attending most of the OU football and many of the basketball games during their 64 years of marriage.
Ann was a very accomplished business person, running the Rudy White Insurance Company and looking after the other family business. She was the first female President of the Ardmore Chamber of Commerce, having been elected in 1979, and was active in some capacity in most of the non-profits in Ardmore. She was active in an organization for Women in Insurance, and was on the Mercy Memorial Foundation Board for a number of years. She was a member of Ladies of the Leaf, being a Leaflet Sponsor for over 10 years, the Holly Garden Club, the No Host Lunch Group and Joint Venture Stock Club.
Ann was known for playing the Easter Bunny, with help from Rudy, delivering to 75 family members and friends Easter eggs with their names on them to be found in a nest on the front porch when the newspapers were retrieved on that morning. She dressed up like Santa every Christmas and all members of the family had to take turns sitting on her lap and telling what they wanted for Christmas. She kept a box of musical instruments that she took many places, particularly where there were to be children, so they could have a band and entertain. She had many windup toys to amuse children and adults alike.
Ann had a great sense of humor and was always young at heart. She and Rudy loved traveling with their friends to golf tournaments, football games, and to foreign countries for educational and eating experiences. Ann was loved by all, and according to many, was one of the kindest women in town. She loved everyone and was always willing to pitch in and help in any endeavor. She was a lifelong member of the Ardmore First United Methodist Church. Ann was chosen as the honoree of a Celebrity Roast for the benefit of the March of Dimes in 1996.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Rudy J. White, her parents, her younger sister Letitia, and her older brother Jack Thompson. She is survived by her brother Mike Thompson (Ginger Barnes), her sister-in-law Helen Thompson, four nephews and their families and many friends.
A memorial service will be held for Ann at the Craddock Memorial Chapel, 525 S. Commerce St., Ardmore, at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 20.
The family has asked that, in lieu of flowers, donations be made to Friends of Dornick Hills Beautification Fund, P.O. Box 1787, Ardmore, OK 73401, the Alzheimer’s Association, 225 North Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL 60601-7633, or the charity of your choice.
Online condolences can be made at www.craddockfuneralhome.com.