Anne Sweeney

Passed: October 16, 2020


Iris Jean Anne Sweeney

Anne Sweeney of Goodyear, Arizona went to her eternal rest on Friday, October 16th, while surrounded by her husband and children.

On May 28th, 1937, Anne was born in Jonesboro, Arkansas to Walker Curtner and Ruby Burrow. In 1954, she met and married the love of her life, William “Bill” Sweeney. Together they filled their home with the love of many children.

Anne had a mischievous sparkle in her eyes. One would never know what sort of thing she would do next. This spontaneity led her to greatness. She and Bill were Awarded the Great American Family Award, presented by Nancy Reagan in 1984. Anne was further honored at the America’s Awards in 1993.

As a wife of a US Marine, Anne enjoyed living and traveling across the globe. Her favorite place was the Philippines, where she served the children of Olongapo by starting a soup dinner for them. This eventually led to her founding The International Children’s Advocate and the Niños Pagasa School in Olangapo for children with disabilities. There she met her dearest friend Ariceli “Celi” Menor, who continues the work that Anne began.

Anne was preceded in death by her infant son, William Sweeney, and her brother, Thomas Hinchcliff. She is survived by her husband William and grandchildren Octavia and Quincy Jackson, of the home; her children, Timothy, Stephen, Kathleen, Bridget, Daniel, Andrew, Manon, Ian, Michael, and Saretta; twenty-six grandchildren; and great-grandchildren “. . . as innumerable as the stars”.

Services will be held at Thompson Funeral Chapel, 926 S. Litchfield RD, Goodyear, AZ at 2:00PM.

Memorials can be sent to International Children’s Advocate, Inc. c/o Ariceli Menor, Zone 13, Mulawin Lane, Old Cabalan, Olongapo City, Philippines, 2200.

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12 responses to Anne Sweeney

  1. Kathleen says:

    Mom I will miss you everyday, you were a great woman and a outstanding mother whom will be missed dearly. I Love you Mom!

  2. Anne was my introduction to the world of Westies and the dog club, Kachina, with its shows in the Southwest. I sat with her often, absorbing all she had to teach me. I was so grateful for her love of dogs as well of course, her love for her children who tumbled in and out of her home by the twos and threes at any given time. Now and then I will run into one of them and we are all smiles and hugs. She will be truly missed by them and by her community. May God Bless her family.

  3. Dearest Grandmother, You left a large impact on this life for others that may follow in your footsteps. I am honored to have a place in your family. Rest In Heaven. Love you very much.

  4. Franz Lopez says:

    Dear Bill and Family,
    My condolences and prayers.
    I am sorry I have not been able to reach out to you before this moment.

  5. Timmy says:

    Mom im so sry that I was not there you and dad are still in my life and prays every day I wish I had been there more im going to miss you I love you and im ok you know what that means

    1. Timmy says:

      I’m sry to my family that I was not there I love all of you

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