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PRUNER, Ann S. (Stamper)

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Ann S. Pruner, previously of Greenwich, Connecticut passed away on October 26, 2008 in Ponte Vedra Beach Florida.

Born in Walters Oklahoma on December 2, 1930 to Curry and Eva Stamper. She attended Oklahoma College for Women (OCW) graduating with a degree in home economics in 1951. She married Harold Pruner of Chickasha, Oklahoma on December 21, 1951.

After the marriage she taught at Maysville High School and was awarded the Oklahoma Teacher of the Year in 1954.

Her husband, Harold, was a petroleum geologist for Shell Oil. From 1954 to 1967 and then a loan office for Morgan Guaranty and Trust on Wall Street in New York City.

They lived in Oklahoma City; Houston and Midland, Texas; Elk City, Oklahoma; Billings, Montana; and Denver, Colorado; before moving to Old Greenwich, Connecticut and to Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida.

During this time she reared three sons, Mark, Russ and David. In Connecticut, Ann returned to teaching home economics in the Greenwich school system and created the highly successful Bachelor Arts course for boys at Eastern Middle School.

In 1972 she started a decoupage business selling hand rubbed old master decoupages to Bloomingdales and Bergdorf-Goodmans in New York City.

After retiring from the decoupage business, she was a Deaconess in the First Congregational Church in Old Greenwich and head of the organ committee that raised the funds for the organ still used at this church. She and her husband organized a variety of functions for the Republican Party in Greenwich and Washington D C, including President Reagan's inaugural ball.

Ann was always a gracious hostess and supportive companion to her husband. She organized many business functions for his petroleum consulting business and his Delaware Indian Tribal Foundation activities.

After they moved to Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida she started a new advertising specialty business and designed headwear for Head Sportswear.

She also helped the sick and indigent and headed up a group that cooked for the homeless in Jacksonville Beach.

She actively participated in golf and tennis and was a supporter of the Cummer Museum and the Jacksonville Symphony. She served on the Board of the Sawgrass Chapel in Ponte Vedra. She started the John Dolaghan Fund which helps aspiring Ministers attend the Gordon-Conwell Seminary School in Jacksonville, Florida.

She is survived by her sister, Helen and brother Jack, her husband, Harold, three sons, Mark and Russ both of Greenwich, Connecticut and David of Houston, Texas; and her four grandchildren, Lauren, Matthew, Dagney and Collier.

She was a beloved Child of God who befriended and endeared herself to nearly everyone she came in contact with. A celebration of her life is planned by her family on Friday November, 7th at 1:00PM at the Sawgrass Chapel at the Sawgrass Beach Club in Ponte Vedra. In lieu of flowers, the Family asks you make a donation to the Dolaghan Fund, c/o Harold Pruner, 1513 Birkdale Lane, Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida 32082.

Arrangements by Hardage-Giddens Funeral Home, 1701 Beach Blvd., Jacksonville Beach, FL 32250 (904-249-2374).