Avid reader, brilliant cook and gifted gardener

Published in the October 12, 2017 edition

PLYMOUTH — Ann J. Gifford, 84, died Tuesday, October 3, 2017 at her home, surrounded by her loving family. 

She was the wife of Robert D. Gifford, and the daughter of the late Nazzareno and Anna (Mancinelli) Capozucca. Born and raised in Plymouth, Ann was a graduate of Plymouth-Carver High School, class of 1951. She went on to further her education at Northeastern University in Boston, graduating in 1976. After training and working at the Jordan Hospital, she later worked as an X-ray technician at Somerville Hospital and Walter Reed Hospital in Washington, D.C. She lived for many years in North Reading and on Lake Pawtuckaway in Nottingham, N.H. before moving to Plymouth in recent years.

Ann held many interests. She was an avid reader and valued education and learning. She was a brilliant cook and loved hosting people in her home, sewing, painting, genealogy and ancestry, and political affairs. She was also a gifted gardener. Ann had a wonderful sense of humor and was also famous for her scary stories and the paranormal. She was most passionate about animals and wildlife. She enjoyed feeding all creatures and looking out for their well-being. She loved her large extended family and friends most of all.

Besides her loving husband Robert, Ann is survived by her daughter Hallyann Gifford of Plymouth, her sister-in-law Nancy Capozucca of Plymouth, and her brothers-in-law, William Gifford and Arthur Gifford and his wife Alice. She also leaves many loving nieces, nephews, cousins, grandnieces, grandnephews, great-grandnieces and great-grandnephews. She was the youngest sister of the late Enis (Capozucca) Bastoni, Mary (Capozucca) Ruggiero and Richard Capozucca.

Her funeral was held from the Cartmell Funeral Home, 150 Court St., Plymouth, on Wednesday, October 11, and was followed by a funeral Mass at St. Kateri Church, 126 So. Meadow Rd., Plymouth. Interment was in Vine Hills Cemetery, Plymouth.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the MSPCA, 350 So. Huntington Ave., Boston, MA 02130 or the Ellen M. Gifford Cat Shelter, 30 Undine Rd., Brighton, MA 02135. For more information, or to sign the online guest book, please visit www.cartmelldavis.com.