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Anne Martin Hecox

September 20, 1924 ~ November 13, 2022 (age 98)

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Anne Martin Hecox died peacefully on November 13, 2022, at the age of 98.

Anne was born in Carthage, IL, on September 20, 1924, just one day after Wilford (Bill) Hecox, and they were together for the rest of their lives until Bill’s death in 2017.  They were married in 1946.  Anne’s was the daughter of Edward S. Martin and Ada Z. Martin.  Both also preceded her in death as did her son, Dr. Stephen Hecox; sister, Marilyn Hopson; and brother-in-law Charles Hopson; as did one niece and two nephews.

Anne is survived by her daughter Barbara Winget and husband Brian of Randolph, NJ; daughter-in-law, Katlin Hecox of Danville, VA; grandson, Kamin Hecox and wife Robin of Danville, VA;  granddaughter, Dianne Garvey and husband Paul of Marmora, NJ; along with four great grandchildren, four great-great grandchildren, and three nieces and two nephews.

Anne majored in English and History at Knox College, graduating in 1946.  She was a member of the Phi Mu sorority and president of Sigma Alpha Iota, a national music society.  While raising her family, Anne was active in many organizations, including Reading for the Blind, the Daughters of the American Revolution, and P.E.O.  An 80-year member, Anne was active in P.E.O. as she and Bill moved to many locations, eventually serving as president of the Naples chapter. 

Anne and Bill became full time residents of Naples in 1993 after being part-time residents for several years, splitting time between Naples and Louisville, KY.  In Naples they were members of Windstar Country Club and later of Royal Poinciana Golf Club, where Anne made many wonderful friends and played on several golf and bridge leagues.  They moved to Moorings Park in 2003 and enjoyed a wonderful environment and made many friends while living there.

The family especially wishes to thank the staff at Lilac Terrace, the memory care unit at Moorings Park, where she moved following Bill’s death.  There she was treated with love and respect and kindness, and a special thanks to her aides, Leovy and Emi.  Her last several years were difficult, as dementia worked to take away her memories.  What never changed was her charm and manners and delightful sense of humor. She was a true lady in every sense of the word and was lovingly referred to as “The Queen”.  The staff allowed her to stay busy and engaged with many activities.  Her favorites were bingo, rummy, and dominos – many hours of dominos!  She will be remembered, missed, and loved by all whose lives she touched.

A remembrance gathering for Anne will be scheduled at a later date.


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