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Anne Setzer

Anne Bridges Setzer. January 30, 1936 – June 16, 2020 passed away peacefully at her home in Cullowhee, NC.

A native of Rutherford County, she was the daughter of the late Oscar Monroe Bridges and Elva Allen Bridges, and was preceded in death by her husband of 63 years, Bobby Neil Setzer, of Haywood County, two older sisters (Mary Powell and Ruby Houser) and one older brother (Boyce Bridges).

Anne was a 1954 graduate of Ellenboro High School. She graduated with honors from Western Carolina College in 1959 with a Bachelor of Science in Education. She received her Masters of Arts in Education in 1966.

She served as a high school English teacher and county librarian in Jackson County public schools where she was honored as Teacher of the Year (1986-87).

She was nurturing and dedicated to her personal family, her church family, her Catamount family, and friends (especially members of the “Do Nothing” Club). She had a love for music, theater, and literature. Her creative spirit “threaded through” her “made-from-scratch” homemaking and sewing projects.

Surviving are the four children, Allen Neil (Tiffany) of Hayesville, Laura Lembeck of Cullowhee, Joel Bobby (Lesha) of Cullowhee, and Steven Lee (Jennifer) of Easley, SC.

She is also survived by ten grandchildren, Jake Setzer (Catherine), Lindsey Sanders (Bobby), Leah Setzer, Alexander Lembeck, Natalie Lembeck, Katie Smith (Drew), Holly Weaver (Colt), Lee Setzer, Kathryn Williams (Chas) and Morgan Setzer, five great-grandchildren, Logan, Lauren, Luke, Liam, Archer, and her loving caregiver of four years, Michael Labena Faltamo of Ethiopia.

She will be honored at a private family gathering and graveside service. In lieu of visitation, a memory album, www.ckwilliamsmedia.wixsite.com/annesetzer has been established and letters of cherished memories and photos are invited to PO Box 72, Cullowhee, NC 28723. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to either Cullowhee Baptist Church or Four Seasons Hospice.

An online registry is available at: www.appalachianfuneralservices.com

Appalachian Funeral Services of Sylva, NC is serving the family.

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Growing up in Cullowhee, my family was so very fortunate to have the Setzer family as special friends. My father and mother (Frank and Elsie Brown) were around the Setzers more than I was, but I always enjoyed seeing and visiting with them when I was in town. Mrs. Setzer was so good to Mr. Setzer as his health declined. She was always at his side. It was so very special to see that. Cullowhee will not be the same without them around. To the surviving family, you remain in our thoughts and prayers. Hold on to all of the memories!. Much Love to each of you, Frank and Becky Brown

Frank and Becky Brown Jul 9 2020 12:00 AM

My love and prayers to all the family. Ann was a wonderful person and her kindness and beautiful smile will always be remembered. Jean Pressley Carr.

Gloria Jean Carr Jun 25 2020 12:00 AM

Our condolences to the family! Many fond memories of Mrs. Setzer as my teacher at Sylva-Webster High School! Jimmy Ashe

Jimmy Ashe Jun 25 2020 12:00 AM

Sorry for the loss of your mother. Prayers for all of your family. Margie Pettigrew Stephans

Margie Stephans Jun 24 2020 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Anne Setzer

Margie Stephans Jun 24 2020 12:00 AM

I am so sorry to hear about the passing of your mother. She was such a sweet lady. I enjoyed knowing both your parents through the years. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Sincerely, Sally W. Sutton

Sally W. Sutton Jun 22 2020 12:00 AM

Anne Setzer was a fantastic teacher who genuinely cared about her students. She inspired us to read, and to ask questions. I am so sorry to her of her passing away. My thoughts and prayers are with you all during this difficult time.

Jamie Ray Jun 21 2020 12:00 AM

I'm so sorry for your loss. Anne was such a sweet person. The only thing better than being in her class as a student was getting to work with her after graduating WCU. She was an example to so many. You are in our prayers.

Shelly Busa (Sorrell) Jun 19 2020 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Anne Setzer

Shelly Busa (Sorrell) Jun 19 2020 12:00 AM

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