Anna May Harkness Damazo, 94, died peacefully in her home in Frederick, MD, on Sabbath March 13, 2021, surrounded by her loving husband, children, and grandchildren. Her family grieves her loss, as do all whose lives were touched by her love and grace.
Ann, as she was known by most, was born on November 26, 1926, in Latrobe, PA, the daughter of Elmer C. Harkness and Elizabeth Jane (Russell) Harkness.
She joined the Nurse Cadet training program at Flower Hospital, in Toledo, OH in 1946. While training at Maumee Valley Hospital, she met and fell in love with a young intern, Frank S. Damazo, MD. They we’re married on September 4, 1948, and recently celebrated 72 years of marriage.
In 1956 they selected Frederick, MD, as their lifetime home and became active members of the Frederick Seventh-day Adventist Church. Through the years, Ann served her beloved church congregation in multiple roles -- church treasurer, finance coordinator, and worthy student program administrator. After a devastating fire that destroyed the church building in 1993, Ann and Dr. Frank, worked tirelessly as part of the building committee to acquire land and build a new church and school complex. After a lifetime of service to so many, some affectionately referred to Ann as the matriarch of the church.
Ann is survived by her beloved husband, Dr. Frank S. Damazo, and her four children Fran Damazo-Mullin and her husband T.J. Mullin of Davis, CA; Donna Butler and her husband, Dan of Woodsboro, MD; Frank L. Damazo and his wife, Bonnie of Waynesboro, PA; Nancy O’Donnell and her husband, John of Frederick; 8 grandchildren Julia Mullin Magana, Ross Mullin, Justine Mullin Damazo, Harrison Frank Mullin, Dwight Wise, Justin Wise, William Brauer, and Bryston Brauer; 11 great-grandchildren, Kaelyn Wise, Gabriel South, Isaiah Magana, Brody Wise, Jordan Frank Magana, Justina R. Damazo, Gideon Mullin, Espe Damazo, Elianna May Magana, Cyrus Mullin, and Naomi Mullin: two sisters Ida Lou Braman and Marlene Mantyk of Milan, MI; and many nieces and nephews.
In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her brothers Elmer, Reuben, and Donald, and her sister Jane.
Ann was laid to rest during a private graveside service on March 16, 2021, at Mt. Olivet Cemetery.
A Celebration of Ann's Life will take place on June 26, 2021, at the Frederick Seventh-day-Adventist Church located at 6437 Jefferson Pike, Frederick, MD 21703.
Those who wish to remember Ann in a special way may make a gift, in lieu of flowers, to their favorite charity.