Ann Sorrell (of “Ann & Marge”) passed away on December 26, 2019 at Arbor Hospice in Saline. She was born 1936 in Kentucky, moved to Detroit at age 7, and lived in Ann Arbor for most of her adult life.
She is survived by her life partner of 47 years, Marge Eide, her sister Helen Drawe, and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her mother Angie and father Clay Sorrell and brother Bill Sorrell.
Ann began her work career selling and enthusiastically sampling Awrey bakery products. She went on to work for the U.S. Postal Service before becoming a proud member of the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve. Ann had dropped out of school at age 16 but later earned a general education degree and then attended Eastern Michigan University where she earned a bachelors and master degree in special education. She worked for 20 years as a teacher of the hearing impaired in the Ann Arbor Public Schools, mainly at Huron High School.
Ann enjoyed many hobbies such as quilting, reading, calligraphy, jig saw and word puzzles, lottery, bread baking, tv, surfing the web, and traveling with her travel trailer.
Ann was a fine athlete. She and Marge played softball, golf, racquetball, volleyball, tennis, bowling, and swam; and after her playing days were over, she became the meticulous scorekeeper for the Lavender Lounge softball team.
For most of Ann’s adult life same-sex marriage was a pipe-dream. On June 26, 2015, when the U.S. Supreme Court sanctioned same-sex marriage throughout the United States, Ann and Marge became one of the first lesbian couples to be legally married in Washtenaw County. They found their “Somewhere” in Braun Court that day when they were married by Judge Carol Kuhnke (also a lesbian) and surrounded by a loving crowd of friends and chosen family. Ann and Marge felt that their relationship had finally been accorded equal dignity in the face of the law. The next morning their picture appeared on the front page of the New York Times and their story was picked up by media outlets around the world.
Ann and Marge have always been leaders and mentors in our community, showing us how to love one another always. We will miss you, sweet Ann.
Ann (along with Marge) was proud to be a supporter of the Jim Toy Community Center from its early days. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Center.