Anne B. Modlin

November 4, 1913 ~ October 1, 2009

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Anne B. Modlin

November 4, 1913 ~ October 1, 2009

The vibrant life of Anne Yoakum Modlin, [95], ended unexpectedly in her apartment at Colonial Hills Retirement Center in Johnson City, TN, Thursday, October 1, 2009. Anne was born in Lone Mountain, TN , November 4, 1913. She was the daughter of Mallie Virginia Walker and Joseph Sherman Yoakum, who desired for her a "city education."? To accomplish this, she lived with her older sister Lenore Mitchell attending Knoxville schools, graduating from Knoxville High and the University of Tennessee. Summers were spent on the farm with her parents and her beloved horse "?Bird'. After receiving her B.A. degree from U.T., she taught first grade at Minders Elementary School in Knoxville, and shortly married her college sweetheart H.L. Modlin [who died in 1984.] Residing in Yakima, Washington and Little Rock, Arkansas after their wedding, the Modlins returned to Knoxville, after WWII, in 1946 with their two daughters. Anne continued to live in Knoxville until 2007. She was very active in many activities; DAR [where she was a 50 year member] to the Taliluna Garden Club, and golf at Cherokee Country Club, where she had a "?hole in one'. She was a very passionate person. Besides her family, the great loves of her life were the University of TN [Go Vols]; the Republican Party [she was campaigning for John McClain in the 2008 election]; the Alpha Delta Pi sorority ["?being an advisor to the college girls keeps me young']; and Second Presbyterian Church, where she was a member for 63 years. Except for being "?tight with tips', she was a very generous person with her time, her magnolia tree, and especially, with the scholarship fund she established at the UT College of Business in honor of her husband. She loved to laugh and delighted in the outdoors and in all things social. She was last seen dancing the Saturday before she died-with her impish blue eyes twinkling. Anne is survived by her daughters and their husbands: Anne M. Burkhardt [Nat], and Betsy M. Beaver [Dick]; seven grandchildren: Libby Burkhardt Staub [Richard], Susan Burkhardt Curtis [Jeff], Laura Burkhardt Vik [Jorgen], Richard Beaver [Mary Es], Anne-Corinne Beaver Mola [Mike], Margaret Beaver Hassenstab [Jason] and Alice Beaver; eight great grandchildren: Burk and Nathan Staub; Christain, Issac and Thomas Vik; Jack and Ellie Beaver, and Henry Hassenstab, and special friend Issa Ngwele- and not to forget "?Cute Kitty', who gave her much joy! Memorial service will be held at 2nd Presbyterian Church Knoxville TN, at 2 PM, Sunday October 11, 2009. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in her memory to 2nd Presbyterian Church or to the Anne Y. and Herman L Modlin, Jr. Scholarship College of Business Administration 721 Stokely Management Center, Knoxville 37996.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    Betsy and Dick, What a rich and full life Ms. Anne had…able to dance on her last day here on earth! And what a wonderful legacy she has left to carry on her example of love, laughter, sharing, and giving. Even though the times I was with her were few, she had me smiling and laughing immediately. What a gift….what a cutie! She will certainly be missed, but NEVER forgotten. Please know that you and all your family are in our thoughts and prayers. Love, Jana and Jim

  2. Anonymous says:

    Anne was such a lovely, lively and intelligent woman. Although I only had the privilege of knowing her for about seven years, I enjoyed the time I spent with her. She was such a friendly presence here at Second Presbyterian Church. She will be missed. My deepest sympathy and blessings to you all. Joy Haralick

  3. Anonymous says:

    Betsy and Anne, The world is a little dimmer since your mother has left it. My mother (Mary Evelyn Foster) loved your mother and I remember taking Mother by her home not long before she left Knoxville. Your mom was always so happy and sparkling and cute as a button in her hats. My heart is with you as you adjust to life without that precious lady. Lee Foster Monroe

  4. Anonymous says:

    Anne was so kind to me when I was an ADPi in Knoxville. Ann Bryan Dickerson, Morristown, TN

  5. Anonymous says:

    We send our thoughts and prayers to the family of a remarkable lady. Lyman and Patty Fulton

  6. Anonymous says:

    Dear Betsy, Your Mom will always be a shining example of loyalty to family, friends, and sorority sisters. She will not be forgotten. Sherrie Fleming Empey

  7. Anonymous says:

    I remember the last time I was with Anne, she and I went to the Tennessee theatre to watch the “Pride of the Southland” play, my son Jeremiah was in the band. When we went into the theatre she began to tell me of a time with H.L. where they were together on a date and she had kicked her shoes off and the rolled down and under the seat several rows below them and he had to retrieve them for her. The stories she told me of growing up and the stories of her family as a child and then of the loving family that she and her beloved husband had raised. I have heard about each of you, although I have never met you all. She brought several of you into “Vivian Leigh Fashions” to met me, she helped me get the store started and helped me decorate, that is how we came up with the magnolias to decorate the store and the Southern Woman theme I used in the advertising. I am so sorry that she has passed, I was hoping she would make it to 100, she would always tell me her age in reverse order. I cherish every moment I spent with her, she made the stories so vivid that I wanted to travel back in time with her. She shared so many memories with me, and created so many memories for me, as my Mother passed away when I was young, Anne took me under her wing. I did not know where she was or I would have visited her, the last correspondence I had was a letter with no return address, but I figured she was probably in JC somewhere or Ashville. She gave me copies of her wedding pictures and a bottle of perfume from her last trip to the Grand Caymans.I have them on a dresser in one of my bedrooms. I loved your “Miss Anne” like she was my own. Her gracious and fun behavior can never be duplicated.You should be very proud of the loving, generous and very special woman she was, and yes the story about the tips, is so true and when she and I would go out, she would always take the condiment packages and napkins with her. To know Anne was to love her. She will always have a very special place in my heart. I am sure she was dancing her way to Heaven with her beloved H.L. to the Tennessee Waltz with a bouquet of Calla Lilies in her hand.

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