TO ACCESS THE LIVESTREAM FOR THIS SERVICE, PLEASE CLICK THE LINK BELOW THE OBITUARY\n\nAnn Richards Wilding, 83, from Cedar Hills, Utah, passed away quietly on Sunday, July 31,2022, after suffering the slow, debilitating effects of Alzheimer’s disease.\n\nAnn was born on March 14, 1939 in Berwyn, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago, to parents Silas Rhead Richards and Helen Amanda Chipman. She has an older brother, Paul, and a younger brother, Claude. She was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Because her father was in the military, she had the opportunity of living in many places, including Germany and Turkey. As a little girl, Ann remembers her father going off to war (WWII), and her mother rationing things like bread and gas.\n\nAnn graduated from Pacific High School in San Bernardino, California, in 1956 where she enjoyed being part of the student government. Her teenage years consisted of three loves: seminary, going to the beach with her friends, and playing the piano, for which she had a natural penchant, winning several competitions. She later passed her love of piano to her children and students, whom she taught out of her home. She accompanied many choirs and soloists in her lifetime, but most loved accompanying her children singing while her grandchildren danced around her. Every Sunday at church for most of her adult life she’d slip on her organ shoes and grace the congregation with beautiful organ music.\n\nOn July 1, 1958, Ann married Ernest Lynn Balmforth. She worked at Motion Picture Productions at Brigham Young University before starting their family. She and Lynn had 8 children together, including: LeeAnn, Amanda (died at birth), Cari, Kristen (deceased), Shauna, Mark (deceased), Laura and Janna. After Ann and Lynn divorced in 1975, Ann married Merrill W Cox on August 14, 1976 and our family instantly grew by 6 children, and then we welcomed twin boys, Neal and Nathan, a year later.\n\nAnn was a very busy and resourceful mother. For example, she became quite a seamstress sewing clothes for the whole family, from prom dresses and Barbie clothes to shorts and beautifully lined suits. She filled every summer with the canning of peaches, pears, jam, tomatoes, and her famous sweet pickle relish, enlisting the majority of her children in this seasonal event. She strove to unite her children with their extended family by cohosting a dinner with her mother and brothers every Christmas Eve. Ann would make the family-favorite recipes of Rotkraut (red cabbage) and bread pudding, and would end the evening by accompanying her two sisters-in-law, Nina (vocal) and Cynthia (violin), in a performance of “Gesu Bambino.” As her children grew older, she ventured out into the workforce as an office manager for a urology clinic, FranklinCovey, and the Church Educational System (CES). Being the busy mother, homemaker and, later, professional that she was, Ann had time for a precious few friends, including Rosella Grant, with whom she especially relished spending time.\n\nLater in life, Ann married Dean Wilding in 2014. He took good care of her for the past 7 years until he passed away in January 2022. She spent her final months with a caring daughter in California before becoming a resident at the Beehive House in American Fork. Our family would like to thank the kind and caring attendants of the Beehive House, as well as the patient and professional hospice nurses, who took such great care of Ann in her final days.\n\nAnn is survived by her two brothers: Paul (Mary) Richards and Claude (Cynthia) Richards; her children: LeeAnn (Andy) Madsen, Cari (Greg) Celaya, Shauna (Aaron) West, Laura (Patrick) Gallagher, Janna (Mark) Henshaw, Neal (Michelle) Cox, and Nathan (Olga) Cox; her step-children: Merrill Collin (Patty) Cox, Merilyn (Wayne) Hammond, Kathleen (John) Youngberg, Mark (Tammy) Cox, Brian (Regina) Cox, Carolyn (Gerald Silver) Cox; 30 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.\n\nAnn will be missed by all who knew and loved her, but we know she will be watching over her family from Heaven.\n\nThe funeral will be Monday, August 15 at 11:00am (Mountain Standard Time) with a viewing earlier at 9:00 to 10:30am at the Cedar Hills 10th Ward Building: 9737 Chesterfield Drive, Cedar Hills, UT 84062. Interment will be at the Pleasant Grove Cemetery.