Ann Lou Carradine-Cornns was born by mid-wife February 2, 1924, in Pine Bluff Arkansas to Willie Carradine Jr. (deceased-Pine Bluff, Ark.) and Amy Powell (deceased-Pine Bluff, Ark.). She was the second eldest of eight siblings. She was a beautiful copper-toned child with sandy red hair who was feisty, curious, and fearless. Her reddish toned skin and hair earned her the affectionate child-hood name, ‘Red’, which most of her family called her. It was also her favorite color.
Ann Cornns spent most of her childhood and teens on a farm her family owned in Pine Bluff. She was small, strong, and tough. She worked as hard and as well as men and women twice her size. Her experience would show up in her late years, as she was known to have a green thumb. She attended school at Elm Grove Church House in Pine Bluff, and migrated to San Francisco, CA in 1944 with her first husband, the late Freeman Holmes and friends, seeking industrial opportunities booming in those years. She became a welder at the San Francisco Bayview Hunters Point Shipyard, quickly showing her prowess at industrial labor and gaining respect from her mostly male peers. Later leaving the industrial industry, she became a home care provider for Health Conservations, and retired with National Home Care Systems after over 25 years of service. Mrs. Cornns loved her family, cooking, gardening, music and dancing. She was an excellent and classy dresser and enjoyed to taking pictures with her signature hand-on-the-hip pose.
In 1977, she came into the knowledge and ancient teachings of YHWH (consonants without the vowels) our Eloheem (Creator) by way of her Pastor and Teacher Sis. Elizabeth Chambers Yah (deceased). She loved the teachings and practicing her Hebrew cultural way of life, keeping the Sabbath, and celebrating the four Hebrew sacred days; Passover, Feast of Harvest, Feast of Tabernacle, and Passover, which she stood firm in until her passing. She would sit for hours in the morning and evening, studying scriptures and praying and always kept Eloheem’s name on her lips. Mother Ann, as she was respectfully called in the Hebrew Cultural Community, was an elder to her family and to her extended family of the Hebrew culture community and friends. She would often share her life stories and unfold a wealth of the experience, knowledge, and wisdom that 97 years brings, and her name shall be left with the blessed.
Mother Ann shall be deeply missed and forever remembered. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Ira Cornns, her sons, Ruben Bledsoe and Ricky Cornns, her sister, Fanny Carradine, brothers, Jimmy Sherrod, Benjamin Sherrod, Ruben Sherrod, and John Sherrod. She leaves to mourn Her daughters Yvonne Quinn (Anthony Quinn), Lynda Clemons (Matthew Clemons), Salema Cornns-Nesbitt (Osayahde Nesbitt), her son Michael Cornns, her sisters Laura Foster and Lucille Sutton, A host of nieces, nephews, great great nieces and great great nephews, 24 grandchildren, 58 great grandchildren, and 7 great great grandchildren, Hebrew Culture Community and many friends.
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