Ann Grebneaire Titus

Ann Grebneaire Titus

Ann Grebneaire Titus, 81, a Rogue Valley Manor, Medford resident since 1997, passed away March 19, 2008 at Rogue Valley Medical Center, with her husband, Sutton, by her side. Ann was born to Hasseltine and Christopher Grebneaire on October 7, 1926 in Evanston, Ill. Following graduation from the Master's School in Dobbs Ferry, N.Y., Ann earned her B.A. from Vassar College, graduating in 1948. In 1949 Ann married Matthew Meek of Scarsdale, N.Y., and had two

children, Christopher and Ann Elizabeth Meek. Ann divorced in 1958, and remarried Sutton Titus Jr. in 1962.

Pursuing a life-long interest in social service, Ann served as a board member of Family Services in New York and also as a Public Relations Chairman of the Scarsdale, N.Y. Junior League. In 1964, Ann returned to school, earning a MSW from New York University in 1968, and subsequently

pursued a 17-year career in psychiatric social work, working both in Europe and the U.S. Of special significance to Ann were founding the first half-way house for recovering

alcoholics in Westchester County, N.Y., and being on a task force to establish a mental health outreach program for

English speaking people in Brussels, Belgium.

Ann retired with her husband to The Sea Ranch, Calif., in 1986. Ann and Sutton moved to the Rogue Valley Manor in 1997, where she chaired the Emmaus Ministry (an outreach program designed to offer comfort and support to residents in crisis), served on an Alzheimer's support and education group, and started a monthly book group.

Ann was a woman of faith who devoted much of her life to the develpment of her soul, and its expression in love and service to the community. Ann became an ordained Elder of the First Presbyterian Church in 1979. Ann practiced daily mediation during the last 23 years of her life and worked to inculcate a spirit of compassion and understanding between members of all faiths. As leader of the Emmaus Ministry for five years, Ann devoted much of her time to both teaching classes as well as coordinating outreach programs.

Following the untimely death of her daughter, Ann Elizabeth, in a tragic accident (1996), Ann co-authored a book, "When Death Comes Suddenly," and became active in the

Compassionate Friends national support group for those who have lost a child. Ann was an avid golfer most of her adult life, and with her husband, successfully competed in several local couples' tournaments.

Survivors include her husband; and son, Christopher Meek, who lives in Oakland, Ore., with his wife, Denise.

Informal memorial services were held at the Rogue Valley Manor on March 20, 2008.

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