April 26, 1936 ~ March 9, 2002
Ann Dillie, a popular local educator and Torrance resident for over 40 years, passed away
on March 10 after a courageous fight against complications arising from surgery. Ann
taught elementary students as a Specialist Teacher in Reading and as a classroom teacher
in TUSD, adult education, children on local cable TV, and graduate students at National
University. She also did extensive private tutoring. Ann developed the ''A Dillie Sound
Approach for Reading Success'' reading system that was approved by the State of
California for purchase by school districts. Mrs. Dillie, as she was known to her students,
touched the lives and hearts of the thousands of students and their parents.
Ann felt God gave her the gift of teaching reading. Her goal in life was to help as many
as possible quickly and successfully learn to speak, read, write, and spell English. She
relied upon her extremely positive attitude, warmth, patience and love of children to
achieve this goal. She made it safe for all students to try, even an incorrect answer had
something in it that warranted praise.
Ann's other passions were: ballroom dancing (especially rumba, cha cha, and waltz),
singing in choirs, home decorating, and designing and sewing all her own clothes.
Survivors include: the love of Ann's life - her husband, Henry Sheehan, son - Paul E.
Norton, daughter - Merilee Norton, brother - Everett Coon, sister - Mary Coatsworth,
stepdaughter - Christine Doerr, stepson Robert Sheehan, grandchildren - Paul W. Norton,
Zane Cole Norton, and Annelise L. Doerr, and the countless others whose lives she
touched through her teaching and amazing generosity of spirit.
Memorial rites will be conducted on Saturday, March 23, 2002 at 11:00 A.M. in the
Church of Religious Science, 907 Knob Hill Ave., Redondo Beach.