Anne Sechrest Abbott

Wednesday, March 23, 1938 - Thursday, June 14, 2018

A Beautiful and Courageous Lady

Photo of Anne Sechrest Abbott  - 1938-2018


Canton - On Thursday, June 14, 2018, Margaret Anne Sechrest Abbott, age 80, a beautiful and kind lady who was a blessing to everyone that knew her, entered into her glorious heavenly home.


Mrs. Abbott was born March 23, 1938 in Haywood County to the late, J.R. Sechrest, Jr. and the late Louise Wiggs Sechrest.  Anne was well known as an outstanding young lady as she grew up in Canton, graduating from Canton High School in 1956 and later attending Florida State University where she received a BS Degree in Education.  Anne held a true love and concern for all children and she will always be remembered by the many students she taught at Bethel and Pennsylvania Avenue Elementary Schools during her teaching career. She retired from the Haywood County School System with 20 dedicated years of nurturing and making a difference in the lives of the children whom she taught.  Mrs. Abbott was a member of Canton Central United Methodist Church, where she established their kindergarten program which was well known throughout Western North Carolina. Her love of animals was truly evident throughout her life and her dog, Nikki, held a special place in her heart and will always be with her. Anne’s strength and courage was an example for each of us to follow as she never gave up in her battle against multiple sclerosis. For the past 20 years Anne had made her home at Silver Bluff Village where she was actively involved in all activities and special events and was also responsible for the daily announcements. It was often said that Anne brought a ray of sunshine to Silver Bluff Village and her presence will be missed each and every day.  Let us think of Anne and remember that those we love can never be more than a thought away-for as long as there’s a memory, they live in our hearts to stay.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brother, James Sechrest.

She is survived by her loving and devoted husband of 59 years and the love of her life, George R. Abbott of Canton; a son, Gary Michael Abbott and Kerri of Naperville, Illinois; her grandchildren, Marissa of Atlanta, Georgia, and Ryan of Naperville, Illinois; and a multitude of dear friends.

A graveside memorial service will be held at 2:00 pm Sunday, June 17, 2018 at Crawford / Ray Memorial Gardens in Clyde with Pastor Paul Brown officiating.

Crawford / Ray Funeral Home and Cremation Service is honored to be caring for the Abbott family.

Condolences from family and friends


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Anne was such a sweet person. She handled her health issues with courage and always had that beautiful smile. My condolences to George and the family. Heaven now has another beautiful angel.
Brenda West
Prayers for the family during this difficult time.
Beth Gray
I am so sorry for your loss. I was in Mrs Abbott’s first grade class in 1965 at Morning Star Elementary. She was a wonderful teacher and I always looked forward to seeing her at Silver Bluff when my grandmother was there
Elaine Patrick Buchanan
I am so sorry for your loss. I was in Mrs Abbott’s first grade class in 1965 at Morning Star Elementary. She was a wonderful teacher and I always looked forward to seeing her at Silver Bluff when my grandmother was there
Elaine Patrick Buchanan
George I am very sorry for your
Michael Drake
Dear George, Gary, and Family, I will always remember Anne as a beautiful, gentle lady who was my counselor at Camp Hope so many years ago. Later, I remember her as one of the lovely ladies who rode on the Labor Day floats in a beautiful evening dress. I wanted to be just like her. . . the closest I came was when I was a teacher. The last time I saw her was at Silver Bluff. Even there, she insisted on having her hair "just right" and wore jewelry. . . So I am sure that her beauty did provide sunshine for others there. Please know that these memories will remain in my mind and heart. . . beautiful inside and out. My deepest sympathies, Sharon Byers Conner (Mrs. Scott)
Sharon B. Conner
I grew up on the same street as Anne. Later it was a privilege to teach across the hall at Penn Ave from this beautiful, sweet, brave lady! Prayers for comfort and peace are sent to George and Gary and his family.
Pede Self
A shining light has been extenguished here on earth, but shines brightly in the Heavenly sky. Some people come into our lives and quickly go. Others stay for a while, leaving footprints on our hearts, and we are never, ever the same. Shine bright sweet gal.
Juanita Dixon
My sincere condolences to your dear family. I remember her, fondly. She was so beautiful and so very sweet to me.
Lisa Devlin Patten
George and Gary, I know your pain but I also know your joy of knowing that Anne is no longer in pain and sick. Her and Lib are dancing around singing old songs from the 50’s. No more MS praise God. George I am gonna miss seeing you. My thoughts and prayers are with you today and the days to come.
Sheri Dixon-Henson
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family at this time.
R.L. and Jane Burrell Shipman
George and family, so sorry to hear about Anne. Our heart felt sympathy to each of you during this time of loss. Jean & David Littlejohn
Jean Littlejohn
I loved taking care of Anne. She truly was a ray of sunshine. I always loved how she did herself up each and everyday. No matter what. All her lovely clothes and jewellery. She was loved and will be dearly missed.
Ms. Abbott was a sweet, kind loving soul. She was my first teacher at Pennsylvania Avenue and was an absolute angel. May she take her wings that she earned and have eternal rest.
Vikki Conley-Ikard
We are very sorry to learn of Anne’s passing. Our deepest condolences. Love and prayers to George and family.
pam / Tom McNeel
I had the previllage of being in her kindergarten class in 1978. She was such a sweet soul. To George and family you are in my thoughts and prayers.
Shelly May hawkins
George and Gary. Very sad to hear about Anne. She was truly one of the nicest ladies that I have every know. Will never forget the grouse dinners that she would fix for us. May God bless you all during this time
Matt Coman and family
Dear George and Gary, I was saddened to hear of Anne's passing. Heaven has surely gained a beautiful angel.
Debra moore
George and Gary. So sorry for your loss. Anne was such a beautiful and sweet lady. She will be missed. Our prayers and thoughts are with you. The Reno's.
Johnny Reno
Mrs. Abbott was my kindergarten teacher at Penn Ave. I loved her and thought she was the coolest because she drove a Stingray. Deepest condolences to her family.
Stephanie Staley
My condolences to you and your family. I cherished getting to know Anne during my time at Silver Bluff. She was always a loving and bright presence. She will be missed greatly.
Olivia Stroupe
I am so sorry to hear. What a wonderful person she was! Anne was my first grade teacher at Bethel, and it was her very first year teaching! I remember everyone calling us "Mrs. Abbott's little rabbits." Her light will be missed, especially at Silver Bluff.
Matt Pruett
Gary..... I am sorry to hear of your Mom's passing. She was such a sweet lady. I just found out about it today. I know that you are torn between the pain of losing her and the peace of knowing that she is pain free and whole again. I would love to catch up with you sometime. (we are back in Canton again). Please look Brian and I up the next time you are in town. I will be praying for you all.
Nancy Barker Farley
I met Anne during a recent interview at Silver Bluff when I wrote a story about the hairdresser there. Anne gave me a quote and was in the picture and was one of the sweetest ladies I have ever met. I am so honored to have met her. My prayers go out to her family!
Julianne Kuykendall