Ann Sturgis Tush left this world peacefully, in the company of her only child, Jon, in the early morning of Thursday, August 20, 2020. She resided at Greenhill in West Orange, NJ for the past four years.
Ann was born in Toledo, OH on May 10, 1926 to Ethel (Gardner) and Roger Sturgis. She was an only child. She spent most of her youth in Evanston, IL and later attended Northwestern University.
Ann left the Midwest to pursue a career in acting. She also traveled briefly with the USO and Bob Hope, but eventually came to pursue her career in NYC. Among her many roles, she performed on Broadway in Glad Tidings (1951) and Goodbye, My Fancy (1948).
In the summer of 1958, she attended a party on Fire Island and met Paul Tush. Six months later on January 11, 1959, they married. Paul was a drummer as part of his father’s orchestra and eventually opened an actors’ management company. Ann decided she would no longer pursue acting and began using her artistic skills to become a floral designer and decorator. She was an accomplished commercial artist and lead designer at the exclusive Woolworks on Madison Avenue, and Tina of California in Los Angeles, creating needlepoint canvases for major homes nationwide. Her work can still be found online to this day.
She lived with her family on the Upper West Side in NYC and Hawley, PA. Ann moved to Palm Beach Gardens, FL after losing her husband and love of her life in November 1993, to the home they built and had planned to retire. Ann lived there happily, until 2016 when her family determined she needed to come back north.
Ann is survived by her loving and devoted son, Jonathan, her daughter-in-law, Santa and her adoring granddaughters Paige and Samantha.
Ann filled the world with beauty, art and love. She traveled the world as a young woman and brought beautiful perspective to everything and everyone she touched. She continued in her retirement to create portraits and works of art that are proudly displayed in her family’s home.
Always With Us…
Ann’s ashes will be interned in the beautiful Memory Garden at the Emmanuel Church in Manchester – by –the –Sea, Massachusetts. This church was built 1882 by Major Russell Sturgis Jr., Ann’s Great Uncle.
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