Ann C. Hady
September 13, 1939 to April 3, 2018
Devoted Mother, Companion and Community Member
Ann, known by many as Annie, passed away peacefully in the company of loved ones on April 3, 2018 at the age of 78. She was born on September 13, 1939 in Waco, Texas, to Damon Vernon and Rosemary Kimberlin Vernon and grew up in Brownwood, Texas. Her mother divorced and later married William Congdon, who adopted Ann. Bill and Rosemary had three more children, with the oldest being 13 years younger than Ann. Bill was in the Air Force, and the family moved often, living in five different states and Bitburg, Germany, where Ann graduated high school and attended one year of college. After returning stateside, Bill was stationed in Dayton, Ohio, where Ann attended the Dayton Art Institute for one year.
In 1959, Ann moved to Boston, Massachusetts and worked at Massachusetts Institute of Technology as a personal secretary to five electrical and mechanical engineers who were under NASA contracts to design the instrumentation for the Apollo Capsule – the first manned space flight. The position required a Top-Secret Security Clearance and highly detailed organizational skills, something Ann carried forward throughout her lifetime. Her sister, Clint, reports that Ann also managed a nightclub in Boston, once hiring a young singer named Joan Baez.
At MIT, Ann met and married Philip Mueller, and the couple moved to Tucson, Arizona, where they had their first child, Kimberlin. They later moved to Southern California and subsequently divorced. Ann managed an apartment complex in Garden Grove where she met and married Don Hady who adopted Kim as his daughter. They lived in Orange, California for many years where they had another daughter, Lesley. The family moved to Scottsdale, Arizona in 1978 and subsequently to Cave Creek, Arizona, where they built a custom home. Eventually, Ann and Don also parted ways.
In her 40’s, Ann found her true love, Dave Perfect, who became her companion and partner for more than 35 years. Annie and Dave enjoyed dining out, traveling, going to horse races and casinos, and many other activities. But, they were equally happy staying home and discussing politics and current events or doing crossword and Sudoku puzzles. Ann worked along side Dave for 15 years at the Cave Creek Building Supply.
While her two daughters lived at home, Ann was a devoted stay-at-home mother who made every effort to provide an enriching childhood experience. She loved animals, and always had cats or dogs in the house. For a few years, the family’s home in Cave Creek was a mini-ranch with two horses, chickens, ducks, and a pet goat. Ann’s devotion to family included five years of caregiving for her mother, who suffered from Alzheimer’s Disease and eventually died at home.
Like her mother, Ann was an art lover and avid student of the arts. Ann dabbled in several mediums and even sculpted a clay bust of her daughter Kim when she was about five years old. Ann pursued watercolor painting later in life.
Active in the community, Ann served on the Cave Creek Planning and Zoning Commission for many years, earning the 1994 Outstanding Project Award for Small Towns and Rural Planning from the American Planning Association. She also served on the board of directors of her homeowner’s association.
Annie is survived by her longtime companion D. David Perfect of Cave Creek, Arizona; daughters Kimberlin Karla Correa of Murray, Utah and Pamela Lesley Sloan (Lewis) of Cave Creek, Arizona; siblings William H. Congdon (Cindy) of St. Augustine, Florida, D. Clinton Congdon Nash of Berlin, NJ and Michael A. Congdon, Sr. (Resa) of Seal Beach, California; grandchildren Sydney and Michael Correa and Necia, Eleazar, Abigail, Alethia and Azariah Sloan; nephews and Justin Congdon, Dane Garnica, Kai McMinn, Michael Congdon Jr., Clayton Congdon and nieces Shannon Booysen, Maya Garnica, Beverly Diliberto, Natalie Congdon, and Renee Congdon; and great niece Stella Diliberto. She is preceded in death by her parents Rosemary Congdon, William Congdon and Damon Vernon.
Annie requested that, in lieu of flowers, donations be made to The INN Between Hospice for the Homeless, a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization that her daughter Kim founded in Salt Lake City in 2015. Donations may be made online at www.tibhospice.org.