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Ann Smith Ford
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Ann Smith Ford, 80, former news bureau director at Berea College, died April 13, 2017 at Baptist Health Hospital in Lexington as a result of a heart attack and pulmonary complications.
She was 80 and a resident of Richmond.
Born in Owensboro and reared in Paducah, she was the daughter of the late Robert and Henrietta Greif Smith of Paducah. She was a graduate of St. Mary’s Academy in Paducah, attended Paducah Junior College and was graduated from the University Of Kentucky in 1958 with a bachelor’s degree in journalism. She also held an education degree from Kent State University.
A member of Delta Zeta sorority, she also was a member and former officer of the Boonesborough Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution.
She was assistant state editor of The Lexington Herald from 1958-60 and was a media specialist during the mid-60s at Kimpton Middle School and Stow High School in Ohio.
At Berea College, she developed a number of students into media careers in journalism and news photography. She also wrote copy for and edited “Body Recall, a Program of Physical Fitness for the Adult,” a 1978 manual utilized by Berea professor Dorothy Chrisman in her physical education program that has attained national prominence.
Ms. Ford is survived by her husband, Ed Ford, also of Richmond and former Public Relations director at Berea College; a son, Mark E. Ford (wife Patricia) of Berea; a daughter, Jill Ford Shirley, Lexington, and three grandchildren, Brittany Ford, of Cincinnati, and Shelby and Nick Ford of Berea. Also surviving is Tibetan daughter Kalsang Yangzom, Secaucus, N.J., whom the Fords sponsored as a student at Berea.
Visitation is scheduled at First Christian Church in Richmond from 6-8 p.m. Monday, April 17, with funeral services at the church Tuesday, April 18, at 11 a.m. Burial will be in the Berea Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Bobby Robinson, Frank Abraham, Bill Earnest, Bill Robinson, Sherman Rominger, and Jim Rous.
Reppert Funeral Home of Berea entrusted with funeral arrangements.

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6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
First Christian Church

412 West Main Street
Richmond, KY 40476

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11:00 AM
First Christian Church

412 West Main Street
Richmond, KY 40476

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Berea Cemetery

500 Oak Grove Court
Berea, KY 40403


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