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Ann Berch

Ann Stubblefield Berch, of Hazlehurst, passed away June 25, 2021, at 12:05 p.m. She spent her last days surrounded by those she loved. She passed peacefully in her sleep, husband by her side, into the loving arms of our Lord.
Ann was born in Grenada, on Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 12, 1940, at 1:30 in the afternoon. She was the only child of Louis Hutchens Stubblefield and Ethel Pauline Gresham Stubblefield, whom she lovingly called “Da” and “Buh.” She was raised at their “Home Behind the Trees” on a farm in Oakland. She spent most of her childhood playing with her animal friends, running in fields, helping her “Da” in his garden, and making her “Buh” laugh with all her shenanigans.
She participated in 4H, Future Homemakers of America, various athletics, and played the piano. She spent her summers as a lifeguard and water safety instructor. She enjoyed attending her school dances in Charleston, where Elvis was a favorite and frequent performer. Ann attended Charleston High School and graduated from Batesville High School, now South Panola. She earned her bachelor’s degree in accounting at Mississippi College. She retired as CFO of Hardy Wilson Memorial Hospital in 2014.
Her greatest pride was her two sons, Bruce and Louis. She said, “Watching them grow and learn was one of the greatest joys in life. We had such a good time!” She was their Cub Scouts den mother and sideline cheerleader at many a soccer, baseball, and football game.
Ann married Bob Berch on Nov. 14, 1981. Together, they traveled, laughed, loved, enjoyed grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and fun with family and wonderful friends. They were truly best friends and attentive to one another in a way rarely seen.
She enjoyed hot tea on the porch at her family farm, watching her hummingbirds and cardinals, a challenging sudoku or crossword puzzle, rolling sixes with her bunko ladies, and being covered with grandbabies.
We will miss her warmth, her gentle spirit, and the way she lit up our lives with her smile. She found joy in the simple, beautiful things in life. Her hugs made the stress of the world melt away and when she said, “Oh, I love you!,” you never felt more loved in your entire life. No amount of time with her would have ever been enough. While our hearts are broken that her physical body can no longer be with us, we will keep her in our memories. We will take them out and enjoy them, and feel her love. We will be her keepers. We will keep her so well that her great-grandchildren will know the joy and love their little lives brought to her heart.
Ann was preceded in death by her parents and her son, Louis Lightsey.
She is survived by her loving husband of 40 years, Bob Berch, of Hazlehurst; her son, Bruce Lightsey (Susan), of Richlan; her daughter-in-law, Linda Lightsey, of Ridgeland; her grandson, Ben Lightsey (Whitney), of Brando; her granddaughter, Olivia Bridges (Charles), of Byram; her grandson, Chris Lightsey (Leah), of Starkville; her granddaughter, Paige Randall (Greg), of Ridgeland; and her great-grandchildren, Annie, Trey, Ellie, Jameson, and Evie.
Special thanks to her church family at St. Martin’s Catholic Church for their love and support, and all the staff at Copiah County Medical Center for their above-and-beyond care for this precious lady.