Ann Gutshall Hatridge
Don Hatridge lost his beloved Ann on September 30 2018, Don and Ann enjoyed 18 wonderful years of marriage and lived in both Palm Desert and Santa Barbara. Ann is also survived by 1 daughter, 3 sons, 8 grandchildren, 6 great-grandchildren, and one great-great grandchild. Ann was born in Salem, Oregon. Her family then relocated to Vista, California. Both Ann and Don grew up on neighboring avocado farms. They went to school together and dated in high school. They both went their separate ways after high school. Don went to Baltimore to play professional baseball and Ann moved to Santa Barbara to go to college. Don and Ann did not see each other until their 25th high school reunion. By this time they were both married and had families. The next reunion they both attended was was their 50th. At this time they had both been divorced and had a wonderful time catching up and dancing the night away. A month later they were married. Don knows Ann was the love of his life and in spite of her debilitating illness, their 18 years together were the happiest of their lives.
Ann started her career working in a hospital, then as a manager of an apartment building . She found her calling when she was elected to the Santa Barbara City College School Board and the Santa Barbara County School Board. She served on both boards for 25 years. Ann believed in giving back to her community and was known as Miss Volunteer. Anns hobbies included singing and dancing. She loved people and she loved life, which was obvious by her beautiful smile.
Don and Ann had been fighting this journey through Alzheimers for the past 11 1/2 years. Even though Don said he would do it all again.
Condolences can be sent to:
29 Don Quixote
Rancho Mirage Ca. 92276