Ann understood the importance of balancing work and play in a way few
people every do. She excelled both professionally and personally on
the grandest scale. But she never became pretentious, or condescending
or cynical. She brought out the best in people by just smiling and being
herself. She helped you realize how pettiness should just be ignored.
How jealousy and nastiness weren’t worth dignifying with a response.
How much they were simply a waste of precious time. I don’t believe
Ann every wasted any of her time. Whether it was at work, drinking a
beer with friends (or soon to be friends), or taking Newman out for
a walk, Ann gave it her all. She knew how to not just live in the moment,
but to savor the moment. And so I think that in her 30 years on this
planet, she lived far more than most of us in twice that time.