It came out of nowhere, blindsiding everyone that knew Ann and loved her. She was a loving wife, mother, friend and caregiver to all that had the honor of knowing her.
Ann and Rudy were together from the age of 17. Their love was the kind of love people could only dream about having. They had fun, loved each other openly and completely, and had two wonderful children, Rudy Jr. and Tiffany.
Ann was so loved that at the funeral, there was a two-hour line to wait on to give condolences to Ann’s family. Posterboards filled with pictures and cards surrounded the waiting area of the funeral home. Every picture showed Ann as she always was . . . happy, laughing and always, always holding her husband, Rudy.
Ann was the proprietor of “Ann’s Hunnie Bunny Daycare” for the past 25 years. My husband and I were lucky to have Ann as our daughter Gabriella’s babysitter for the past 2 ½ years. She loved Gabby as if she were her own child. Every day I could go to work with no worries or concerns about my baby. Last year, we nominated Ann for the 2009 Putnam-Dutchess Childcare Council’s award for the “Champion of Childcare—Best Family Daycare,” and she won! We were so happy to accompany Ann and her family to the Poughkeepsie Grand Hotel to receive her much deserved honor. She was simply the best and most loving woman I have ever had the honor to know, and everyone that knew her would agree with me. Heaven has one of its most precious angels back. I pray for Rudy, Rudy Jr., and Tiffany. I hope that they each find comfort in knowing how much Ann was loved by so many people in this town.
Ann Mercado was born March 25, 1957, and died January 1, 2010.