Five in the World, One in Heaven

I am saddened to say that at 10:30 today Anne passed away. It was a relief to see her free of the suffering she has been going through over the last 2 years but my heart and being is split in two as she goes on to a better place. I will write a much longer post celebrating the wonderful woman, mother, wife, friend, scholar, traveler, disciple she was but I wanted to get something up quickly to inform everyone.

We will hold a service for her this Saturday June 23rd for all who are in LA and can make it. The service will be at 11:00 Saturday at our church at 575 Los Liones Dr. Pacific Palisades. Our plan is to have a second service in Utah on the 30th of June.

In lieu of flowers donations can be made to Stand up to Cancer in Anne’s name.

We are blessed to be surrounded by amazing people whose love and caring have helped us through this amazingly tough time.

Here are a few of my favorite pictures until I write her a proper post.

Anne and Kieran, the one who looks like her.

121 thoughts on “Five in the World, One in Heaven

  1. OMG! We are so sad to hear of Anne’s passing! Though we’ve never met, our family followed your RTW trip religiously on your blog, and we feel as though we know you. May your warm memories of the time you spent together help comfort you during these difficult days. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

  2. I am a stranger to you, but I wanted to express my sincere condolences to you and your family. I am so sorry for the loss of your beloved wife and for your children in the loss of their precious mother. This makes my heart ache for you all and brings tears to my eyes.

  3. I am so sad to read this post. I have enjoyed reading of your family’s adventures and living vicariously through you all. She packed enormous amounts of love and adventure into her years and you and your kids will always be blessed by that. I am sorry for your loss <

  4. Tom, I am so very sorry about you and your family and friends’ loss. I know all too well the pain of losing a parent and seeing my father’s heart broken. My thoughts are with all of you.

  5. Tom:
    I am so sorry. It sure seems like Anne packed more than a hundred years of life into the time that she had on Earth.

    I’ve looked up to you ever since I was a little kid, which continues today with the dignity and faith affirming outlook that you’ve had throughout this battle. Blessed to know that your family will be reunited again, in another sphere. Your family will continue to be in our prayers.
    Chris Mason

  6. I have followed your story for so many years, and am truly, TRULY saddened to read that she is gone. My sincere, sincere condolences to you and your family. She will certainly be missed even though I did not personally know her. May you find strength in the travel stories you will tell for years to come. Now she gets to write her own…

  7. I’m saddened to hear of her passing but glad to know that she is no longer in pain and is happy on the other side. May your family have the strength and happiness it needs to carry on at this time. I’ve already heard how amazing your being and I’m sure that is how Anne would want it. Our thoughts and prayers are with you guys.

  8. I am so sorry for your loss of Anne. I know it was a long and hard road for you, but you are so fortunate to have the fantastic adventures your family had together. What fabulous memories you have. Memories cannot replace her, but they can help with the pain. Yes, she truly is in a better place. I shared your travels with my students and we loved your adventures. Thank you for giving us the world through your eyes. My prayers are with your family.

  9. Tom,

    Anne is in heaven, I’m sure of that, but, I’m sorry she is not in your arms instead.

    Take Care,

    Dave Butler

  10. I’m saddened to hear of Ann’s passing. She was an amazing woman, and will truly be missed. My sincere condolences to you and the children. May you find strength in your heart and always know that she will be with you in spirit.

  11. We have continued to follow your blogs during and after your travels. Even though we have never met, we have always felt a connection since we began our around the world trip as yours was ending. We were truly saddened to receive your email regarding Anne’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family.

  12. I am always lousy when it comes to finding the right words to say. My heart just sunk when I read this. I loved reading about your travels and hoped to do the same someday with my own family. I wish our families could have met, and I hope some day we still can.

    Lots of love from us in PA.

  13. I am so, so sorry to hear of Anne’s passing. I have followed your blog since the beginning of your RTW journey. You guys were the first push I needed to make changes to my own life and live the life I want to live. You and the kids will be in my prayers as you transition to a new way of life.

  14. My beautiful friend. What great times we had. Thanks to her, I didn’t flunk out of Duke! Though distance separated us, she was always in my heart, and that is where she will stay. Love to Tom, Dax, McKane, Kieran, and Asher.

  15. dear anne’s family, my condolences. through the years i was following your blog and you were always in my thoughts… i feel very saddened as if i know you. hope anne is in a good place now.
    best regards

  16. So sorry to hear this. What wonderful times and memories. Anne inspires me to create the memories for my family that are the desire of my heart. Thanks for sharing ALL of your life with us.

  17. Your family inspired ours to travel away for a year. And your family inspired ours as we worried from afar about Anne’s health and read about your remarkable strength in dealing with that together. We are so sorry for your loss. What an amazing woman you had in your life. Condolences from our family.

  18. We are so sad to hear of Annie’s passing. You are all in our prayers. We were glad to have met your family when we lived in Alpharetta. You have a wonderful family. Annie was always kind enough to say “Hi” to us.
    The Robinson Family

  19. Please accept my sincerest condolences to you all. Know that your and Anne’s bravery has touched many.

  20. I am so sorry for your loss. Anne is in a better place now. Your RTW trip has inspired me to take one someday and the blog is written beautifully. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. I’m a stranger but stay strong.

  21. We are so sad to hear about Annie’s passing. We have enjoyed following your posts since we moved away from Alpharetta. Annie was always so kind to our family. May God bless you and your family at this time. Our prayers are with you.
    The Robinson Family

  22. I have followed your RTW trip which served as an inspiration for our own and for the dreams we have of doing it with our own children one day. However I never responded to a blog post although your family has been a tremendous inspiration to us. We are truly sorry for your loss and our thoughts and prayers are with you, the kids and your family. Here is to Anne, to a life well lived with a focus on what really matters – family. S&W, Cape Town

  23. Tom,
    So sorry to hear about Anne. Please know she is at a better place now with no more suffering, while her spirit remains with you always. Our prayers and thoughts are with you and your family.

  24. We are so sad to hear about Anne’s passing! We followed your family around the world and feel great affection for each of your family members through your writing. It’s difficult to find words to adequately express our feelings of sympathy for your family. We take a great deal of comfort in our shared belief that families can be together forever and will be reunited again. Your family demonstrates a great deal of love for one another and Anne was so incredibly lucky to have all of you in her life.

  25. Tom, I can’t imagine the loss your family is feeling right now. I’m so sorry.

    Families are forever and life on this Earth is short. Anne used her time well and you’ll be together again.

    God bless.

    John Higham

  26. Tom, my deepest condolences to you and family on this loss. I am very saddened by this news. Our prayers and thoughts are with you.

    Mahesh and Bharti

  27. I am so very, very sorry to hear this news!! My heart goes out to everyone. Anne was an amazing person. Again, I am so sorry for your family. You all hold such a special place in my heart…eventhough we have not seen each other in years.

    God Bless


  28. Tom – I am so sorry to hear of your loss. My heart goes out to you and the kids. I know she is watching over you. She is at peace now.

    My prayers are with you.

    Vicki O.

  29. Tom,

    I am sorry to hear about Anne’s passing. I know she is in a better place but am thinking about the tremendous loss for you and your family.


  30. Tom, my condolences to you and your family. Tom Powledge gave me the news and I wanted to let you know that you are in my thoughts.

  31. I am praying for you and your family during this difficult time. May God continue to bless and keep you.

  32. Tom- I am so sorry for your loss. Anne was a wonderful woman and I know she has found peace in the arms of our Savior who she loved. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your children during this difficult time.

    Mandy Beckstrom

  33. What a brilliant and beautiful woman. It has been 27 years since I last saw Anne, but through her writing, I feel like I got to know her again, and in many ways, got to know her better.

    May she now rest easy.

  34. So deeply sorry for your loss — my most heartfelt thoughts and condolences to you and yours.

  35. Darling Anne, give my daughter a kiss for me if you see her.
    Sending lots of love to you, to your beloved husband and to your amazing children and wishing you all lots of the strength and grace you will need to move through this time.

  36. So sorry for your Family’s loss Tom. There are no words that can express the depth of sadness.
    I know a time will come when her memory brings smiles instead of tears.

  37. Tom,
    I pray that you and each of the kids feel love and that the veil may be thin. She is such a beautiful soul! Sending our love from Arizona.
    Tiffany and Joey Moore

  38. Tom,

    What a perfect title to your post – Anne is certainly in heaven watching over you and your kids. I pray that you will be strengthened in the days to come and know that you will be surrounded by wonderful friends and family who love you. Thanks to you and Anne for your examples of love and faith and service. God be with you until you meet again.

  39. Hi Tom:

    I am very sorry to hear about this news. May God bless you and your family during these times.

    Mike Mecham

  40. Tom, I am so heartbroken to hear the news. Anne and your family have been in my thoughts and prayers for the past 2 years, and will continue to be.

  41. Tom and family,

    As one who has followed your family since I saw you on Oprah, I am so very sorry to hear this news. My heart aches for you and your children. May the Lord bless you and keep you. I pray you can all take this one breath, one step, one day at a time.

    Amy Larson
    St. Louis, Missiouri

  42. Tom, my heart breaks for your family on your loss. Anne has been on my prayer list all this time and I will continue to pray for you, Dax, McKane, Kieran, and Asher. Anne was an amazing woman and you will all meet again. That doesn’t make the days, weeks, and years ahead easy but I know you have faith, family, and friends to lift you up.

  43. I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Anne was a wonderful person and I was blessed to be her biology lab partner many many moons ago in 9th grade biology. Please know that you and your family are in my heart and my prayers and that she will never be forgotten.

  44. Anne often passed through my thoughts over the last few years and, even though we never met in person, I felt like her spirit and love of life was a great inspiration. Wishing you and the entire family the best.

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