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Cathryn Anne Coulter (Anne) died April 3rd at her home in Traverse City, Michigan. She was 54 years old and was recovering from a double organ transplant. Born in Midland, Michigan to Kenneth and Eleanor Coulter, she graduated from H. H. Dow High School and Purdue University. She lived in Indianapolis for more than two decades before fulfilling her dream of moving to Traverse City 10 years ago.
Anne spent her professional career as an event planner for many different organizations including the Indianapolis Zoo, the Indianapolis 500 Parade, the Indianapolis Latino Festival, both the Atlanta and Salt Lake City Olympic ceremonies, the Elk Rapids Harbor Days, the Grand Traverse Cherry Festival events, and many special weddings and anniversary celebrations. She decorated her home with beautiful posters and pictures from her favorite events including the opening /closing Olympic ceremonies, Zoobilation, and paintings by Tombi, the Indianapolis Zoo elephant.
Anne had a wonderful sense of style, color and organization. She maintained comprehensive "to do" lists on the walls of her office until the end.
She had many stories to tell about the celebrities that she encountered in her work. Anne was proud to count such luminaries as author and columnist Mary Mitchell, the late Letitia Baldrige, and the late Andy Granatelli as her friends.
Anne was a dedicated standard poodle owner and dog lover. Her friends and family will fondly remember how she especially cherished Maude, Raymond, and Sophie.
She was also the manager of Coulter Farms for 27 years. She treasured her friendships and working relationships with several farming families in Arenac (Bender), Bay (Wegener and Berg), Midland (Terwillegar) and Clare (McConnell) counties.
Anne is survived by her siblings, Beverly (Norman) Cameron of Burk's Falls, Ontario and Tucson, Arizona, Janet (Jack) Buresh of Washington DC, Donald (Rosemary) Coulter of Manassas, Virginia, and Jean (Donald) Schultz of Climax, Michigan, as well as several nieces and nephews.
Her family would like to thank the exceptionally talented and dedicated medical staff at Indiana University Medical Center in Indianapolis, Indiana. Anne received her pancreas/kidney transplant at IU and benefited from their wonderful care. Special thanks to the fabulous Dr. Jonathan A. Fridell and his team.
The family would also like to thank the many friends and family who supported Anne with their time and affection through her recent difficult times. Many were on her Caring Bridge site and/or lived in Traverse City, Midland, and Indianapolis.
Memorial contributions may be sent (or made online) in Anne's name to the Methodist Health Foundation (affiliated with the Indiana University Medical Center), PO Box 7168, Indianapolis IN 46207 www.methodisthealthfoundation.org, the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) www.jdrf.org or Caring Bridge www.caringbridge.org .
A celebration of Anne's life will be held in Traverse City on May 20.
Published on April 16, 2017
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