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Ann Abernathy Clement, 88, of Virginia Beach, Va., and more recently Chesterfield, Va., passed away peacefully in her home on Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014.

Ann was born Oct. 3, 1925, in Howard County, Mo., the daughter of Professor Lewis G. and Celeste Carmichael Abernathy of Fayette. Ann grew up in Fayette and graduated from Central Methodist College. She married Robert R. Clement on Nov. 16, 1947, and enjoyed the next 30 years as the wife of a career naval officer, including joining him for tours of duty in Honolulu, Hawaii; Naples, Italy; and Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

Ann was preceded in death by her parents and husband, Bob. She is survived by her two daughters, Catherine Loy Clement Dinga and husband Carl of Asheboro, N.C. and Celeste Marie Clement Gunter and husband David of Chesterfield, Va., and her granddaughter Ann Shepard McCaffrey of Atlanta, Ga.

Ann was a 66 year member of P.E.O.; she was initiated into chapter AU Fayette in 1948. Ann’s passion was animals and she never met a stray cat or dog that she didn’t adopt, as well as being a faithful supporter of many animal rescue organizations.

A celebration of Ann’s life was held at her home in Chesterfield, Va. on Jan. 25. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the Virginia Beach, Va. SPCA.

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Submitted By: Pamela yopp Submitted: 1/28/2014
What can I say. I met Ann when I moved next door to her when she lived in Virginia Beach. Thru the years we became very close.. she was a wonderful person I guess you could say I adopted her. I always told her I hoped I would be like her because she was a smart and gutsy woman.We would talk for hours about fashion etc. Just enjoying each others company. Ann loved her family and always told me that her daughters were the best thing that ever happened to her. She talked often of her grand daughter ann. I truly loved ann as a friend and talked to her often. I valued her opinion on things. My dear friend and love one will be truly missed. We talked about God not too long ago and I fill like she has went to be with the lord.She is no longer suffering and is at piece. She was a blessing in my life and I'm a better person because of her. I'll cherish her memories always. I've lost a dear friend But we will see each other again one day. She loved her animals and always looked out for God's

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