Elizabeth Anne Hammett Kirkpatrick lost her life suddenly on September 8, 2019 at her home in Hurdle Mills, NC. Her free spirit made its appearance on April 13, 1973 in High Point, NC. She was the beloved youngest daughter of Bill and Connie Hammett, and it was apparent from early on that she was a force to be reckoned with. A true redhead, her strong will was only outshined by her wicked sense of humor. She graduated from T. Wingate Andrews High School in High Point in 1991 and shortly thereafter, moved to the Chapel Hill area. She lived close to Chapel Hill for the rest of her life, and was an avid Tar Heel fan.
Everyone who knew Anne knew of her love for all animals. Her animals were her children, and she had many of them. From a young age she had many pets including a cat, a horse, and her Lhasa apso, Puddin’, whom she patiently trained to complete obstacle courses. As a five-year-old, she brought her mother a live mouse from outside, which made it clear to her mother that she would have a lifelong attachment to animals of all kinds. As an adult, she never had fewer than 4 pets at any given moment. Anne had birds, bunnies, chickens, dogs, ducks and goats in addition to horses at her farm, and all were given her love and affection. One special pet of the last few years was her precious squirrel, Millie.
Anne had a great capacity for love, and although she had no children of her own, she doted on not only her animals, but also her two nieces, Brittany and Maryanne. She was a caring friend to many and had a childlike exuberance, embracing every second of life and making the most of it. Anne always had a gleam in her eye and her legendary laugh will be missed by everyone who ever heard it (which was probably everyone she ever met since she laughed so often).
Anne was such a bright light to her family and friends that even death cannot dim that light completely. Her light lives on in her mother Connie, of Concord, and her two sisters, Donna Boone of Florida and Susan Lewis (Dave) of Concord, and her dear nieces and animals. She is also survived by many aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends who all miss her and will make sure her memory, her antics (there were many), and her love live on. She was preceded in death by her daddy, William C. Hammett, and her family and friends are comforted in thinking of their reunion. We know Mindy, Fancy, Puddin’, Casey, Beaufort, Josie the “pretty bird”, Willie the sheep, and many other animals are nearby. We are sure that Anne is talking nonstop and laughing every other minute, and Bill is sitting in his chair, a smile on his face, listening to all he’s missed.
Memorial service will be 11:00 a.m., Saturday, September 14, 2019, in the chapel of Cumby Family Funeral Service in High Point, officiated by Rev. Frank Hensley. The family will receive friends following the service.
In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to the Orange County Animal Services, 1601 Eubanks Rd., Chapel Hill, NC 27516 or at http://www.orangecountync.gov/364/Donations.