The Queen of Our Hearts (Ann’s Story)
Our mother Ann S. Dobbie had passion. Passion is someone with extreme and compelling emotion; with an intense drive for excitement, love and desire for happiness. It was her passion that inspired us to create the Queen of Hearts Foundation. The fact that she was taken away from us so incredibly fast, we became passionate in raising funds to find an early detection solution for ovarian cancer.
In July of 1999 our mother, best friend and the queen of our hearts, was diagnosed with a very rare form of ovarian cancer at the age of 65. She faithfully had a complete physical every year and a mammogram every six months. For as long as any of us children can remember, mom was always healthy and truly, the glue that held our family together. She was always taking care of our wants and helping us fulfill our dreams. On that sunny, summer day in July, after having a full physical several months before (with no signs of disease), our lives changed forever and it was our turn to take care of her.
She lived life to the fullest and always had a smile on her face. She had the ability to laugh a good laugh and find humor in her everyday life. Her life was focused around her family. She made holidays and birthdays so special. It isn’t surprising that she passed away on Christmas Day! It was her day to celebrate, as she had always prepared the celebration for each and every one of us for the past 50 years.
We love and miss you Mom!