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. I too don’t know your family personally, but have vicariously enjoyed your travels and delightful family through your blog, and weep for your loss. What a touching and apt title to the post, as she paves the way for six to be together in heaven someday. May Anne’s spirit continue to travel with you all on life’s journey until you meet again in that most blessed travel destination of all.

  2. Hello,
    I had the pleasure of being Anne’s nurse recently. I am sorry to hear about her passing but relieved that she is no longer suffering. I learned about this blog when taking care of her- it is beautiful, so well written and has inspired me to take my travels further. Like Anne, I love to travel and am so happy she went to all the places she did when she did. I am in Spain now and will offer my trip up to her- an individual who was obviously an amazing human being with a wonderful family!

  3. Thanks, Tom, for the notice. Anne’s beautiful spirit, laugh and shy smile will always be with those of us who were blessed to know her. Condolences to you and the rest of the family from the poohbah.

  4. Tom, this is really sad to hear. God’s gift of Anne and the children you two brought into this world and the love that runs between you is proof that we truly are blessed. That we have a heavenly father. And Anne is with him now.

    May peace and joy find you in these trying times.

  5. Tom and Family,
    Anne was such an inspiration to so many of us. We will always be grateful for knowing your family and spending time with you during your sojourn in Georgia. Anne’s passion for life is an incredible example for all. We are grateful for the joy that your family shared with so many! Our prayers are with your family as you celebrate her wonderful life.

  6. I remember when Anne, Dax, Mckane, Spencer Hale, Briggy and I were all riding through Provo, Utah and Dax and Anne had the idea of pumping rap music, rolling down the windows and get the spinners on the big ol’ suburban spinning. We got the dirtiest looks, but it was one of my best memories of all of you guys and of Anne.

  7. love and prayers from our family to yours. there was no one like anne: she was the most extraordinary woman. a beautiful soul. our deepest condolences.

  8. My thoughts are with you and your family, Tom. Anne sounds like she was such an amazing person, and your family’s writings are really inspiring. Best wishes and strength.

  9. We are sending your family thoughts and prayers for strength during this sad time.
    The Morrison Family – Scott, Cathy, Moorea and Sydney.

  10. Tom, we are so saddened to hear of Anne’s passing. We were not even aware she had become ill. I remember that we gathered our children together to watch your family on Oprah during your travels. Anne taught our son, Ian’s SS class. We often had frequent discussions after her lessons. She was an extraordinary woman in every way. Our love to you, Dax, McKane, Kieran and Asher.

  11. Tom….I am so very very sorry for your loss. You and your family are most certainly in my thoughts and prayers.

  12. Dear Tom,
    I know the old friends come out of the woodwork at a time like this, and I am no exception, but please know that I admired Anne greatly when I met her in college and I am so sad for your family. It looks like you have made amazing memories together and that she lived more than most of us will ever do. Blessings to you and your family. Love, Kristin

  13. Great sadness – may you all be strengthened by the powerful memories you have of your lovely wife, mother, daughter. My prayers are with you. Deepest condolences. You all have touched the hearts of people all around the world – even as far down as South Africa.

  14. Tom,

    Your family has been such an inspiration to my own. I followed your blog religiously and watched you all on Oprah. I’ve always looked up to Anne for being so loving and patient and happy to you and your four babies. I am deeply saddened by your family’s loss.

    RIP Sweet Anne, you are missed and loved all over the world

  15. I love adventure, travel and writing and have always felt a kindred spirit with your family. I am so grateful that you were led to take a round-the-world adventure when you did, and that your family will always have memories together of that happy time – and surely of many other happy times with Anne. Her life and writing inspired many, including me, and I pray that her memory and spirit continue to inspire and be with you. Beyond her love of travel, I am grateful that Anne is such a woman of faith and witnessed through her actions to so many on earth. I am praying too for the comfort of you, Dax, McKane, Kieran and Asher, and that the five of you find it in yourselves to be joyous and continue adventuring in many ways – at home and on the road.
    Much love,

  16. I am so sorry for your loss. I followed the travels of you and your family around the world and lived through you. My deepest condolences.

    You are in my heart and prayers

  17. Tom, I am really sorry to read this. You, your family and your blog was and is very inspiring not only for me.
    Please take my condolences to you and family!

  18. Hey Tom,

    My heart goes out to you and your family. I never wanted to see this post, but now I look back on all the good times you guys have had and am so glad your family got to do something so amazing together that most will never achieve. I hope you keeps your spirits high and keep being an inspiration for many people, especially me.

    Good luck with everything and never forget the great memories.

  19. Dear Tom and Family – I am so very, very sorry for your loss. My sincerest condolences. May you find peace and comfort surrounded by those you love and that love you and may your memories of this wonderful woman bring you joy through your sorrow. I will be keeping all of you in my thoughts and prayers.

  20. Tom, I’m so sorry to hear of your loss. Although I never met Anne, I followed your blog a bit after I saw your stint on Oprah. She was magnificent! I just wanted you to know that you have a friend in North Carolina praying for you and your children. May the peace which comes from the memories of love shared comfort you now and in the days ahead… and what memories you have to cherish until your family is reunited!

  21. Dear Tom,

    I’m so sorry for your loss. What an incredible journey for your family. Although Anne continues hers in heaven, I’m confident she is watching over with pride as your children and her legacy will continue to explore the world with her enthusiasm, kindness and love.

    God bless you all. Sincere Condolences, Hugs and Prayers from Atlanta.


  22. Tom, like all the others I wanted to share my sympathies with you and your family. If Anne’s life had to be short on this earth, I’m so glad it was full of amazing adventures and experiences with her family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  23. Our hearts are heavy and our prayers are with your family. May the Lord bless you with comfort and peace at this difficult time. Our lives have been blessed by knowing Anne. She is a terrific woman, an example to all of us of how life should be lived!

  24. I’m so sorry Tom. My thoughts and prayers go out to you and your kids. This is a terrible loss.

  25. Tom, we are so sorry to hear of Anne’s passing. Debbie W. and others kept me informed of the progression of her illness. Her example was one of faith and courage in the face of great challenges and pain. Our prayers and love go out to you and your family at this time. I know she is near you.

  26. Tom, my soul weeps for you and your family. I remember being a new Mom at Webster and going on a hike with Asher’s class. Anne walked alongside and told me the most beautiful stories about your travels together. My prayers to you and your family.

  27. I am so sorry for your loss. I have been a fan of sixintheworld since you embarked on your adventure around the world. I enjoyed reading the blog and was in awe over the pictures posted. I do not know you personally, I found out about your family through The Godby family in GA. (Mike and Diane are my cousins). I am amazed at your family and the spirit of Anne. She will be missed by many even folks like me, even though we have never met.

  28. Just wanted you to know from our family how very sorry we are for Anne’s passing. But in the same breath I want you to know that we have admired you and Anne’s valiant fight going through horrible treatments to sustain her life.
    I know that you will be blessed but that it isn’t easy to lose a spouse, a mother, a dear friend and a really good person in life.
    May prayers sustain you and help you during this time of terrible loss. The plan will re-unite us in the end and we all hope for that day.
    Love you Tom.

  29. I immediately shed tears when I read the eloquent title of this post. A Utah native, I started reading your blog after seeing your beautiful family on Oprah. I made sure to read what I had missed and have continued to read your blog feeling like I know you all personally. Your family is such an example of what so many of us strive to be, each of you, especially Anne’s benevolent and inspiring spirit. May you all be blessed with comfort and peace. Enjoy your celebrated embrace in heaven Anne.

  30. Oh Tom! our hearts and prayers go out to y’all….Anne was such a sparkling example of love, gumption, spirit, intelligence and style! We felt so privileged to live in your home while you all were sixintheworld. And to have known such a wonderful person!!!!
    May Heavenly Father bless you with comfort.

    Much love to all of your wonderful family–Chris and Annie Acree and family

  31. Tom,
    Words cannot express my sadness at this news. My heart goes out to you and the family. My only solace is that in heaven she can be pain free. I send you love and strength to heal.


  32. I updated the post to include a link for donations. I am busy getting everything ready and have not had time to read all the comments but I am overwhelmed by the volume of love floating our way. Thanks to you all.

  33. I was so saddened to hear about Anne. What a great lady! It has been so fun watching her as she first became a part of your family and then blossomed into this incredibly accomplished wife and mother. I’m so glad you were able to take your trip around the world and spend all that quality time together. We really need to enjoy every moment together because we never know what is around the corner. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  34. I knew her in roswell GA. She is a great women God bless all her family!!! She is in a better place!!! The lord has a plan for everyone!!! Remember!!!

  35. Tom,
    Our hearts are broken by the sad news of Anne’s passing. Our prayers will continue for you and the children. We so admire the sweet way you have juggled taking care of Anne and meeting the children’s needs. It was amazing to watch Anne embrace the gospel and serve in so many ways. Her talents were endless and she shared them with so many. May the Lord continue to bless you and give you peace.
    All our love and hope to see you next week,
    Dorothy and Gene Furniss

  36. I have been a faithful one to prayer daily for Anne’s return to health which was not to be. But she left such a touching voice to all she emailed and talked to. She is one of God’s choice angels now and will be there to welcome you all home when the time comes. Be strong as I am sure the worst of learning to do without her is yet to come.
    This and your dear father’s illness has been almost more than anyone can bear. Our prayers are now for you and the children to cope and for Lou to return to health. We never know what we will be called on to endure but you have been such an example of caring and love for all. Know we are praying for all of you. Lorelie is a rock and will help pull you through this.
    Bonnie Wakefield

  37. Tom, you and your family are in indelibly etched in our families hearts
    we are linked to you by the events of the past few years and the friendships
    our children have with yours.We will always be grateful for
    the extraordinary openness and courage
    you have all shown during Ann’s fight. Bless you all.

  38. Anne,
    Before there were BFFs, there was you, my forever friend and best loved being. . .the love I have in my heart, from you and for you, knows no bounds and is God’s surely. May Tom, Dax, McCain, Kieran, Asher always know they have a willing and loving resource in Uncle Buffy! Love to Mindy, Judy and David too, and all of the extended family and friends of you, most cherished soul, divinest light, our Anne! I thank God for you always!
    Ever Your Dearest Buffy xoxo

  39. I’m so sorry to hear of Anne’s passing. My heart and thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family. Anne inspired me and gave me the courage to travel with my 4 young children. When I questioned taking them to NYC during Christmas, I thought “Anne and Tom would”. I have thoroughly enjoyed reading your families adventures. Much Love

  40. Tom, I was so sad to hear of your loss. We have been praying for your family since we heard of her sickness. I pray that you will all be comforted and that your faith will grow through this experience. You and your family have been an incredible example to all who know you. Please feel of our love and prayers.
    Jennifer (Smith) Wilson

  41. we don’t know each other, but i’ve been such an admirer of the amazing family you & anne created, and i’m so sorry she has passed on too soon. our world is better off because she was here… because she loved you & your children so well… because she chose to live deliberately and beautifully. i hope you and your children will soon find peace…

  42. Dearest friends,

    I will continue to pray for peace and for those joyful memories to flood your waking and unwoken spheres. Know that she was admired and revered as one of those ‘special’ people who touch our lives for the “better”. You are such a good example Tom, to all who know you as well as we. If there is anything I can ever help with just let me know. You are loved and appreciated for a life well lived. This experience only lends itself to an even greater man. Keep in touch. I will see you on the 30th in your home ward. Love and sympathies sent your way on the wings of angels. Love you!!

    PJBeck (Patti Hatch)

  43. I never had the pleasure of meeting Annie but I have been told she was and amazing friend and amazing mother. She has touched so many lives. We have been praying for Annie and your family. I am so sorry for your loss. We will continue to pray for your family.

  44. My wife, Cameo, and I only know you through following your blog, but our hearts broke and tears filled our eyes this morning as we read the news of Anne’s passing. We pray that you will feel the depth of God’s love and have the peace that passeth understanding fill you and your family and that you will be supported in your grief now and in the years to come.

  45. Tom, I have read about your adventures for years and have been rooting for Ann since her diagnosis. I’m so sorry. I hope it’s some comfort to you to know many people share in your loss, including readers like me.

  46. I was part of Anne’s graduating class at Niskayuna High School. Many classmates have been following your blog and we are stunned and saddened to learn of her passing. Personally, I want to extend my deepest sympathies to you and your children. I hope Anne’s love will continue to guide you, sustain you, and comfort you during this incredibly trying time.

    Carolyn Wozny

  47. It’s been far too long, approximately 11 years since we left our Ward family in Santa Monica. My wife and I knew Anne as the energetic fun loving Mom, as our kids spent time together in the early years. Erin and Anne served in the Primary which seems like a million years ago but at the same time feels like yesterday. I was sadenned to her of the news a few years back when she was first diagnosed. I was sadenned even more this last week to hear of her passing. Tom, my heart goes out to you and the kids. Within the last 5 years we have had 2 parents and friends lose their life to cancer. I just have to think that those we loved and have left us are in a far better place now. We tell our kids, and it’s true, that our loved ones who have passed are there for the special events in their lives looking down upon them. One day we will all reunite and joyous will be that eternal reunion. Our hearts and prayers go out to you and your kids. If you are ever in El Dorado Hills, CA in the future, we’d love to see you. Love, the Vance’s.

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