Ann  Gilmore

Ann Gilmore

Ann "Gilly" Gilmore passed away 7/7/11. She was only very recently diagnosed with late stage breast cancer which had metastasized in her neck, spine and pelvis. Anyone who knew Gilly will certainly never forgot her. She wrote the following about her life... "Her friends called her Gilly. Her father, "Big Gilly", was a noted horse trainer and her mother was a Master Tailor. She was a voice major at the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music; then studied acting at The American Academy of Dramatic Art in New York. She became an Equity Actress and worked in that profession for two years. Her next career was in radio in Charlotte, NC. There she had a daily talk show plus a show in a dress shop geared to fashion of course; an audience participation show done in grocery stores; a songwriter's contest show with a combo; many fashion shows as emcee, etc. Ann then became Promotion Director for the Charlotte Chamber of Commerce, the first woman to ever hold that job. That didn't last long, as television beckoned. Atlanta was the first city in the South doing any live work in addition to what came from the network. So, she became a pioneer in local TV production at WAGA-TV. It was new, exciting and, as she says, "We invented our way as we went." She was back doing air-work plus commercials, and was hostess on an audience participation show for Pepsi-Cola. She married a TV Director, had twin girls and had to quit work for awhile. She went back to radio doing a talk show on WGST and a weekly show for the Atlanta Homebuilders Association. A son arrived. Then, they moved to 37 acres near Norcross. There she raised children, pigs, chickens and everything they ate. This lasted 10 years. When the children were in high school, she had one more stint in TV. Gilly was a travel agent for nine years. Her last career was as a substitute teacher at Norcross High. She loved to travel and play golf. Her last claim to fame was as the grandmother of and Scott Szymanski, age 24, and 11-year-old triplets, Jill, Ross and Jake Bieniek. That's not all, but I'm sure it's a jolly well' nuff." She is survived by twin daughters, Randy Brannon Bieniek of Duluth, GA, Pam Brannon Simmons of Nashville, TN, and son, Barry Gilmore Brannon of St. Cloud, FL. Condolences may be sent c/o Randy Bieniek, 2050 Woods River Lane, Duluth, GA 30097,, 770-232-1070.