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Anne was a wonderful close friend of mine in Washington DC, she working at the World Bank and I at the International Monetary Fund across the road. We had many great trips along the Eastern seaboard of the United States, exploring all the way up along the coast to Maine. She was a wonderful sport and was always so flexible. She was a very social person. Her dinner parties were always fun. She always had her heart in Australia. She returned to Australia after many years, while I left Washington in 1987 for Luxembourg. Now back at the World Bank since 1998, she is missed.

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Ann Miller
10 years ago

Judith and family: You have my deepest condolences. Ann was a friend both inside and outside of the Bank. We had some great dinners together with friends. She never missed Anzac Day at the Embassy and always wore one of her beautiful hats. Ann's passing is a huge shock. May God bless and keep you. Ann Miller

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Reet Jukkum
11 years ago

I met Ann when I joined the World Bank in 1985. Ann stood out from the others. She knew everything that was going on you could ask her anything she'd know the answer. She was ever so elegant especially when she wore one of her hats and fushia really was a color she wore well! I was always impressed with her filing system (which covered every surface in her office). You could not sit in her office since the chairs always had tons of files. Yet Ann could reach 3/4 of the way down and find just the file needed. We used to laugh that she had all the Bank's files in her office. Ann also was the tech wiz at the time and had her own dedicated Wang machine. Her fingers just flew over the keyboard. It was Ann who introduced me to white wine spritzers for lunch (not so much that you get drunk, just enough so you feel good). Ann was the person who remembered all the important dates and organized all the events. We had so many good parties in HR, with themes and fantastic food - it made it really fun to come to work. She was proudly "Aussie" and I was looking forward to reconnecting with her in a trip to Australia this year. The news was shocking, but I am grateful for my memories of Ann which always bring a smile to my face. My deepest sympathies to the family whom I only knew through Ann's stories.

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Evalyn Carter
11 years ago

I was the first to write here but my submission didn’t make it. Now I can attest to all of the above. In addition, Ann and I became good buddies beginning 1987 when we were assigned to the same HR division, working hard to serve the Africa Region. We found a place near the Bank to chill during lunch and were soon initiated into their weekly happy hours. As such, we were welcomed into an entirely new circle of interesting friends, mostly non-Bank.In this group, Ann became the founder and inspiration behind a women’s dinner club, even sometimes assigning recipes. Over the years there were many social events including internal marriages and, after some of the group members moved to Lewisburg, PA, we all went up every mid-August (and still do) and put our fannies into the “Susquehannie” River among other activities. Ann was a wonderful, active member and was sorely missed after her departure. The dinner club and invited men are communing in March, wearing the Mardi Gras necklaces that Ann gave us and remembering the good times she devoted to us. Another admirable attribute of Ann’s was the deep pride she had for her country and the extent to which she loved to share it. When my cousins went to the Olympics, she made sure they were taken care of. Here is a note from Father Tom Kehoe who later wrote that he was glad she had an uplifting funeral service. “Very shocking news. I remember her generosity to me on my visit to Sydney. She took me on a whole day tour of the city so I could easily go back to places I really want to see more of. We also had a great visit to the zoo and lunch at a farmers market. Another day she drove us up into the Blue Mountains where she had spent much time as a young girl. And then we drove to Canberra so I could see Australia's capitol city. They had an impressive collection of Pollack paintings at the museum. She was very proud of Australia.” Judith, and family, you have our sincerest condolences.

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Dear Judith and family I (Lesley) have known Ann for over 45 years. We worked together at ATC&W lawyers in Sydney. In September of 1970 Ann came to Washington, DC and I followed her 4 months later. We had many great times including a trip to Canada and Niagra Falls. After I got married we still remained close friends. After we moved from northern Virginia Ann visited us frequently . When our son Martin played traveling soccer in the DC area Ann was always there . After all she was part of the family. One thing that we remember was her fondness for cooking and Chinese food. 'Duck Changs Chinese Restaurant " in Annandale Va. was one of her favorites. We will all miss her greatly . The last time that we spoke to her was just before Christmas. Little did we know that this was the last time that we would speak to her.he was excited that "Oprah" was in Sydney taping her show.We told her that we were planning a trip to Australia in 2011, Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you even though we can not be there. Our love and prayers are with you.

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Carol Word
11 years ago

I met dear Ann when I joined the World Bank in 1980, She welcomed me warmly and always stood out for her impeccable appearance and her professionalism. I don't think Ann ever missed a Friday evening happy hour, an important de-stressing and friend-building exercise for our close-knit group at the Bank. We had some great times together. She was indispensable at my yard sale before I moved from Washington as she took over the kitchen and prepared a feast for all the friends who turned out in support. After she retired and moved back to Australia, she turned up at our home in her Rent-a-Wreck, determined to visit everyone during her brief visit to Washington. Ann's passing is a great shock and a tremendous loss. My husband, Bill, and I extend our deepest condolences to her family and to her many friends.

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Maggie McElhone
11 years ago

I met Ann when I joined the Personnel Dept of the World Bank in 1979. She was truly dedicated, hardworking and well respected in and around the Bank. She could spit out reports at a moments notice and we all marvelled at how she could ever find things in her office, but she did. Ann always dressed immaculately and was truly colour coordinated, never heavy on make up. She was always up for a party and arranged many fun office gatherings, adding her special touch. I remember fondly some fun times out sailing with Ann and friends on the Chesapeake and staying over on the boat at night, laughing and telling stories til the wee small hours and enjoying a glass of wine or two or......She had a beautiful tidy home and was an excellent cook who gave some fabulous dinner parties. She loved life, loved people and was broken hearted when her dear friend Bob passed away. We used to tease Ann about cutting off her long hair when she was asleep and getting rid of her "bun" - a nickname of "buns" came from a fellow Aussie! Her sudden death at such a young age, and for someone who truly looked after herself, is a great shock to us all and my heartfelt sympathy goes out to her entire family and all her friends. I will never forget her. Maggie McElhone (nee Watson)

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Michael Collins
11 years ago

Dear Natalie, My name is Michael Collins and I met your aunt Ann when I came to the World Bank in 1979. I’ll never forget her broad pretty smile as she made me feel very welcome and exuded a genuine desire to be of help as I settled in to a new job. It wasn’t long before we became fast friends. She was a family friend as well and made sure she shared her friends with me and my family. I’m sure you’ve received many notes from others about her dynamic personality, her ability to organize and present marvelous parties throughout the year, year after year. She was a charter member of the “Unwinding Group” at the Bank. This was the Friday after work gathering where we de-stressed over drinks. The 1980’s were pressure years for my family as medical issues created difficult home-life and work-life conflicts. Ann stepped up and helped in ways impossible to repay. We loved her even more as a result. After she and I left the Bank we stayed in touch and in 2000 my wife and I traveled to Australia for a month’s visit. She was our personal guide wherever we went and while in Sidney we stayed with her and Judith. It was a marvelous trip made all the more beautiful because we were fortunate to meet many of her family members at celebrations or at their homes. I don’t remember if we met you. We’ll miss Ann but we’re comforted by the fact that she’s now among loved ones and great friends. They and everyone else in heaven will enjoy even greater peace and happiness because she’s there. Please give a big hug to Judith and all your family from Carolyn and me. Hopefully they’ll remember us but if you see a look of “I don’t remember” on their faces just say “Michael’s about seven feet tall” ! Deepest condolences and sincerest regards, Michael

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Michael Collins
11 years ago

Dear Natalie, My name is Michael Collins and I met your aunt Ann when I came to the World Bank in 1979. I’ll never forget her broad pretty smile as she made me feel very welcome and exuded a genuine desire to be of help as I settled in to a new job. It wasn’t long before we became fast friends. She was a family friend as well and made sure she shared her friends with me and my family. I’m sure you’ve received many notes from others about her dynamic personality, her ability to organize and present marvelous parties throughout the year, year after year. She was a charter member of the “Unwinding Group” at the Bank. This was the Friday after work gathering where we de-stressed over drinks. The 1980’s were pressure years for my family as medical issues created difficult home-life and work-life conflicts. Ann stepped up and helped in ways impossible to repay. We loved her even more as a result. After she and I left the Bank we stayed in touch and in 2000 my wife and I traveled to Australia for a month’s visit. She was our personal guide wherever we went and while in Sidney we stayed with her and Judith. It was a marvelous trip made all the more beautiful because we were fortunate to meet many of her family members at celebrations or at their homes. I don’t remember if we met you. We’ll miss Ann but we’re comforted by the fact that she’s now among loved ones and great friends. They and everyone else in heaven will enjoy even greater peace and happiness because she’s there. Please give a big hug to Judith and all your family from Carolyn and me. Hopefully they’ll remember us but if you see a look of “I don’t remember” on their faces just say “Michael’s about seven feet tall” ! Deepest condolences and sincerest regards, Michael

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Jennie Hammerly
11 years ago

I met Ann when I worked at the World Bank in Washington DC. She was a dedicated and loyal employee and great friend to those around her. She was always busy, organizing and planning events. Her love for her family was paramount. We always teased her about the clutter in her office, which she was going to clear up - one day. I don't think that ever happened because she was busy with other things which were more important. I am happy she was a part of my life and know that she will be missed by her friends and family in Australia and around the world.

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Evalyn Carter
11 years ago

Ann and I became buddies when we worked together in the Africa Region of the World Bank. Our lunch-time outings introduced us to a whole new circle of friends, including weekly happy hours, a dinner club and an annual adventure when, among other frolics. we put our fannies into the Susquehanna River in lovely Lewisburg, PA. She contributed by being a gracious, willing hostess, putting her gourmet talents to work. She was a good colleague and hard worker. The deep love of her country and family took her back home and we missed her. But it was her family's gain and especially Judith's. You have my sincere condolences and best wishes for coping with such a great shock.We are sorry not to be there to support you.

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