Katherine Ann (Dumond) Brubaker
|Posted 2020-07-25 by Pat R|
|Wickenburg Funeral Home & Crematory|
Ann Brubaker, 84, passed away with her husband and daughters by her
side on June 11, 2020.
Born Katherine Ann Dumond, to Elmer and Cleo (Gribble) Dumond, of
Lancaster, Texas, on August 26, 1935. Ann had three siblings, Robert,
William and Shelly. She lived in the Dallas area until the age of 19
and graduated from Woodrow Wilson High school in 1954.
Ann's asthma prompted a family move to Tucson, Arizona, where Ann
attended classes at the University of Arizona. Ann's health impeded
her schooling, and she began to work for the U of A Agronomy
Department. It was while working there that she met and married Henry
Brubaker, a graduate student at the time. They were married on March
28, 1959 in Duncan, Arizona, Henry's hometown.
Henry's jobs in the farming industry moved them around to various
Arizona towns, including Casa Grande, where their daughter Allyson
was born in 1963, Yuma, where their daughter Annette was born in
1967, Parker, and eventually Wickenburg, where they settled for 46
Both daughters graduated from Wickenburg High School.
Ann was always involved in church and community activities. During
her time at Wickenburg Presbyterian Church she served as Sunday
School Superintendent, Deacon, Elder and chairman of Missions, and as
a Stephen Minister. Ann received the life membership award from the
Presbyterian Women of Wickenburg. She led Vacation Bible School for
several years, helped with the annual church bazaar, and participated
with the sewing and quilting groups at the church. She cherished her
time with the Nifty Needlers.
In the community Ann served with the Wise Owl, 4-H, PTA, Habitat for
Humanity, the Nature Conservancy Hassayampa River Preserve, the
Soroptimist Club, and the Desert Caballeros Western Museum. She was
also an active member of PEO for many years.
Ann was a strong woman of faith, a devoted reader of the Bible and
other literature, and a treasured friend. She enjoyed entertaining
and playing bridge. She loved the Arizona desert and was an avid bird
watcher. She believed strongly in living within one's means and was
an expert at budgeting and intentional frugality. She shared this
skill with many families through her work with Habitat for Humanity.
Annie was a faithful wife, a loving mama, and an adoring "Granny
Annie" to her five grandchildren. She had beautiful hands and a
precious way of soothing infants with a warm bath. She was an amazing
homemaker and provided a safe harbor for her family. She blessed her
family and many others by showing and teaching them how to walk in
faith. She leaves a beautiful legacy for her family and is dearly
For health reasons and with great sadness, Henry and Ann left their
Wickenburg home, church and friends in October of 2019 and moved to
Colorado Springs, Colorado to live with their daughter Annette, her
husband Brett Ridgway, and their children. Ann's health rapidly
declined in 2020 and she passed from this life into eternal life on
June 11. She "entered his gates with thanksgiving, and into his
courts with praise." Due to the coronavirus, a private memorial
service will be held in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
Ann is survived by her husband Henry Brubaker, her daughters Allyson
Brubaker Searway and Annette Brubaker (Brett) Ridgway, her
grandchildren Justin (Rosita) Searway, Emily Searway, Laura Ridgway
(Corey) Craddock, Julia Ridgway (Elijah) Davis, Brian Ridgway, and
sister, Shelly Dumond (Charles) Watson of Tucson, Arizona.
Friends may offer online condolences at www.wickenburgfuneralhome.com
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