Advocate for the Mentally Ill
Ann Kime, age 72, of Morrisville, PA, a retired social worker and HeadStart teacher, spent the last 18 years encouraging people to become aware of mental health issues. She died of cancer on Thursday Dec 30, 1999 at Frankford Hospital, Bucks Campus, in Falls Township, PA.
During her work on mental health issues, she corresponded with federal and state officials, visited them in person and participated in many demonstrations in support of the mentally ill..
She was a president of the Bucks County Alliance for the Mentally Ill. She helped organize a social club for those with disabilities. She also visited many families who had tragedies caused by mental illness.
Ann was a volunteer at Norristown State Hospital and as coordinator for the Family Group at the hospital, she succeeded in persuading the hospital to limit its use of restraining devices on mentally ill patients.
She was a member of the Bucks County Mental Health / Mental Retardation Board, and worked on several committees to obtain better funding and other resources for the mentally ill.
Ann was a graduate of Syracuse University, and attended Trenton State College for her teacher's certification. She was an active member of the Morrisville United Methodist Church.
She is survived by her husband, Norman Tait Kime of Morrisville; two sons, Richard of Pittsburgh and David of Fairless Hills; two daughters, Barbara Currence of McKinney, TX, and Marie Kime of Morrisville; two brothers, George W. Barnitz, Jr. of Carlisle, PA and J. Edwin Barnitz of Fort Meyers, FL.
Burial was in St. John's Cemetery in Camp Hill, the Rev. Richard Shover officiating.
Submitted by webmaster (A nephew of Ann Kime)