Born April 18, 1964 in Inverness, Mississippi, Angela Diane Chandler graced the world with her presence and the lives that she touched in the future would never be the same again.
Angela who wanted to only be called Ann, was the first born to her mother Mildred Chandler. She lived in Mississippi with her mother and brother, Danny until the family moved to St. Louis, Missouri when Ann was the age of four. While living in St. Louis, Mildred added two more children, Darryl Sr. and Cynthia.
Ann gave birth to her first born, LaRoyce at the tender age of twelve. She quickly accepted her responsibilities as a mother while finishing sixth grade. The Chandlers moved to Chicago in 1977. Ann gave birth to her second born, Tameika at the tender age of fourteen in 1978 while continuing to work hard in elementary school and graduated from eighth grade one month later from Harriet Tubman.
Ann enrolled into King high school as a Freshmen and made the decision to withdraw and obtain her GED. She gave birth to her third born, Marisettes in 1979 and her final child, Tierre in 1981.
Ann continued to be a dedicated stay home mom to her four children in addition to her siblings as her mother worked outside of the home. Involving herself in Parent Teacher Association, bake sales, classroom volunteering, etc. She rose each weekday morning to take her children to school and often times staying for the day. She walked her children home each day, helped with homework, cooked meals and ironed their clothes and put them to bed. She accepted this role with a badge of honor and served as a role model to the epitome of what a mother should always be to her children.
Ann enrolled into Kennedy-King college with the hopes of providing a better life for her children and graduated in 1992 Magna Cum Laude. She continued her education at Chicago State University where she met the love of her life, Eugene A. Holmes, affectionately known as Gene. She graduated with honors in 1995. Ann gained employment with the State of Illinois as a Department of Human Services Public Aid Case Manager until she had to go out on disability.
Throughout this time, Ann and Gene continued their relationship and ultimately married on September 6, 2001 at Markham courthouse. The love that they both shared throughout the entire twenty-five years will last a lifetime. Gene spent each day loving Ann through sickness and in health until death made them depart on September 24, 2018.
Ann leaves to cherish and continue her legacy, her husband, Gene; her parents, Mildred and Ricky and in-laws Charlotte and Eugene; her siblings Danny Sr., Darryl Sr. and Cynthia (Melvin) and sister-in-law Kim (Yuseth); her children LaRoyce (Alicia), Tameika (DeShaun), Marisettes, Tierre and Alex; grandchildren LaRiyah, Princess, Derrick, Jerome, Lanaya, J’Leon (Leo), J’Tai (Tai), Tierre Jr., LaShanti and Leairah; great grandchildren Ava and Harmony; nieces and nephews Danny Jr., Alexis, Darryl Jr., Danielle, Malik, Zion, Khalil and Qua; great nephew Kaidan and great niece DeShunna; a host of aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.