Ann was born on March 19, 1924 to William Henry Wade and Mary Ann Elizabeth (Farrell) Wade, both of Montserrat, British West Indies. Ann had a joyful life as the mother of Jeffrey Lawrence Wade and the wife of Jocelyn Melvin Stewart, who she married on August 26, 1972.
Ann was educated in the Boston Public School system, attending and graduating from the Hyde Park Elementary School and Girls High School. She worked in the Nutrition and Dietary Department at Boston Lying In Hospital. While working there, the Peter Bent Brigham, the Robert Breck Brigham and Boston Lying In Hospitals merged to become The Brigham and Womens Hospital. It was there that she met her lifetime friend, Bea Harris Lane, who is the mother of her God Daughter, Kim.
Ann's life was spent in service to others. She became a member of the Board of Directors for ETHOS, an organization supporting the independence, dignity and well-being of the elderly and disabled. While serving on their board, she also became a member of the Massachusetts Senior Action Council (MSAC), where she served as Sunshine Lady and the President of the organization. In her words, " I became a member of this wonderful organization in 2002, and have seen for myself the impact on government that a group of responsible seniors can have when they come together to help themselves and others," MSAC made great strides in the fight for health care and affordable housing. "We have fought for home care, and Prescription Advantage (which we initiated in 2006). We have fought for changes for PCA's and safe staffing for nurses, and for so many other issues as well." Ann got into "good trouble" as a member of MSAC.
Until she left her beloved home at the Mattapan Center for Life, Ann attended the Episcopal Church of the Holy Spirit. Many Sundays she could be found at the 8:30 service in her pew, listening to the service and greeting her many friends. She loved going to church and attending the many events that the church sponsored. Having been raised in the Episcopal church, Ann was a true believer. She was kind and she loved people, especially little children. Ann had a quick wit, a keen mind and a fondness for animals. Ann enjoyed the company of her friends and family.
In addition to a host of friends, Ann leaves to mourn her, her step-daughters Karen (Stewart) Young and Sandra Stewart-Baker (Terry Baker), grandchildren, Ronnelle DaRosa, James Bynum, Robyn Carter (Charles), Derek Springer (Paula) and great grandchildren Naia and DJ Springer, Quincy and Kendall Carter and Raven DaRosa, and God Daughter Kimberly Harris Lane. Ann was preceded in death by her husband Jocelyn Stewart, her son Jeffrey Wade and her granddaughter , Krista Young.