Anne Bradford Leavitt Rutherford, 77, passed peacefully in her home, surrounded by her loving family, on May 13th, in Blairsville Georgia. Though she fought a long battle with ALS and the recent death of her beloved husband Donald Verle Rutherford Jr., her determination, strength and love for her family never wavered.
Anne leaves behind, her daughters and son-in-law’s; Lori and Clarence Duckworth, Lynn and Warner Copeland, Terri and Perry Nix, Dawn and Richard Warren, and stepson, Tim Rutherford; her grandchildren: Brandon, Griffin, Austin, Bailey, Schuyler, Carter, Cassidy, Owen, Gracie, Aiden, Lily, Charlotte, Bella, Saylor, and her great grandchild Blakely. Anne was born in Hanover, New Hampshire and raised in Bridgewater, Vermont. She was the oldest daughter of Eugene Bradford Leavitt and Helen Viola Osgood Leavitt. She also leaves behind her loving sisters Jean, Linda, Edna, Dottie, Joan, and Julie. Anne received her nursing degree in1962 in Concord, NH. She worked as a registered nurse for 40 years. She specialized as a surgical nurse as well as nursing leadership in her role as a Director of Nursing at several nursing homes and rehabilitation facilities. Anne married Donald her husband of 55 years, on March 16th,1963, at South Florida Church of Christ. Anne and Don raised their children in Durant, Florida. They loved spending time vacationing in the North Georgia Mountains and eventually made Blairsville a summertime residence. She was passionate about “making memories” with her family especially time spent with her grandchildren. The funeral service will be held on May 25th at Blairsville Church of Christ, 62 Church of Christ Drive, Blairsville Georgia, 30512 at 12:00pm. A public burial will be held at Pleasant Grove Cemetery in Plant City, Florida on June10 at 10:00.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to: The ALS Foundation, Gift Processing Center, PO Box 37022, Boone, IA 50037-0022, or an online donation can be made at http://www.alsa.org/donate/
Anne was a pillar of unwavering faith, strength, integrity and love to all who knew her. She will be deeply missed and never forgotten. Her strong desire to create cherished memories will have an everlasting impact on our lives.
Mountain View Funeral Home of Blairsville is in charge of the arrangements. You may sign the family guest book and send condolences on line at www.mountainviewfunerlhome.com