Ann Kelty Carpenter of Birmingham, Alabama, passed away September 11, 2019. She was born to James and Ann Kelty in Boston, Massachusetts on October 2, 1943. One of seven children, she grew up in Milton and graduated from Holy Cross Academy in 1961. After two years of college, Ann decided to travel, living in Southern California and Miami before finally settling in Baltimore.

Ann worked at an advertising firm, rising from an Administrative Assistant to a Vice President, managing national accounts for Marriott restaurants and Roy Rogers. Ann married Bruce L. Carpenter in 1977, and with the birth of their first child in 1979, she embarked on her second career as a mother.

Ann, Bruce, and their two children, J.W. and Kelty, moved to Birmingham in 1993. Ann was a voracious reader and avid sports fan. You could often find her cheering on the Red Sox and the Crimson Tide, or at the bridge table with her friends. Most of all, Ann loved her family.

She is survived by Bruce, J.W. (Becky), Kelty Heilman (Kip), many nephews and nieces, and her four beloved grandchildren, Jack Carpenter, Kate Carpenter, Samantha Heilman, and Brett Heilman. They will miss her dearly.

Ann was preceded in death by her parents, her brother, and her five sisters, who she adored.

There will be a private celebration of her life for family and close friends.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in her memory to one of the organizations that Ann supported: The Jimmy Fund, The Birmingham Education Foundation and WBHM.


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