Ann was born in Jacksonville, Florida in June 1952 and baptized as Marie Dolores Hart. Her unmarried, biological parents were Joan Hart and Francis Baskin, who attended Sacred Heart and Lake Worth (Florida) High School.
Ann considers the White Family to be her family - she loves the members of this family and credits her values and beliefs to these people - even though she recognizes that she shares no genetic material with their pedigrees.
My adopted name is Theresa Ann White, officially given to me upon the Final Degree of Adoption in 1955.
My birth name, given to me by my biological mother, was Marie Dolores Hart.
My longtime social media/pen name is Grace Laine. This is a derivation of Ann (full of grace) and a local street name (Grace Lane) which is the setting for one of my unfinished novels started during a NaNoWriMo competition.
|The Happy White Family at Home, 1958 (Ann, Rossie, Dick, Martin)|
One of Ann's earliest memories was of her mother showing her how to write her name. She was a toddler, and the act symbolized her mother's emphasis on education above all other goals in life. Her mother told her she could be anything in life, even the President of the United States, and if she wanted to attend Harvard, that would be possible. That encouragement expanded the usual possibilities for girls of her time and led to Ann's lifelong activism for universal equity for all people.
|Multi-Family, Multi-Generational Portrait: Whitfield, White, Cannon, Raulerson|
Ann was brought up as a Roman Catholic and attended parochial grade school and high school in Jacksonville, FL, graduating in 1970 and immediately entering the local junior college. She graduated two years later and moved to Gainesville, FL, where she majored in Journalism at the University of Florida. The freedom from her mother's over-protective embrace resulted in a joyful and at times, anguished adventure into the maturities of attraction and other mind bending experiences. It was the 70s. It was a college town and there were no restrictions. Ann had the time of her life. It cost her academically. After two years of lackluster study, Ann dropped out and returned to Jacksonville . It wasn't until nearly fifteen years later that she completed her program of study, earning a Bachelor's degree at the University of North Florida in print journalism. She also completed a course preparing her for the Florida Real Estate license exam but did not pursue this path. In the 1990s, she earned a two-year degree as a paralegal, also from UNF. Other than her internship at the Jacksonville Area Legal Aid, and helping family with legal research, she was unable to work in this saturated field. Ann earned a Master of Fine Arts (MFA), specializing in Poetry and Creative Writing from Antioch University Los Angeles in 2008. This was her crowning achievement, earned at the age of 54 while she was working full time.
Even after an early retirement, Ann continued working. Her last paid position was as a college professor, teaching College Composition at a large, national private university.
Ann is 18 degrees from Rosalynn Carter, 26 degrees from Zara Bate, 21 degrees from Anne-Aymone Giscard d'Estaing, 32 degrees from Sinéad de Valera, 26 degrees from Elly Heuss-Knapp, 32 degrees from Janet Jagan, 29 degrees from Imelda Marcos, 30 degrees from 睦子 三木, 25 degrees from Lisbeth Palme, 18 degrees from Maryon Pearson, 28 degrees from Jehan Sadat and 31 degrees from Sofija Smetonienė on our single family tree. Login to find your connection.
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