Maryann Theresa (Carroll) Flynn
Maryann Theresa (Carroll) Flynn, fondly known as Annie, was born a fighter, a statistic killer, a walking outlier–all of which combined to make her life truly remarkable. Born June 14th, 1951 to Francis “Bud” and Theresa Carroll of Fairfield, her resilience and ever-lasting positive attitude allowed her to break generations worth of cycles to be a symbol of change that was so desperately needed.
Annie attended Penn Hall Junior College where she went on to become the school’s top tennis player and was named Girl of the Year in 1971. Later on, she spearheaded the program for Tracey School in Norwalk to obtain accelerated accreditation. She was a tremendously talented artist across many mediums who put her abilities and compassion to use by volunteering for programs she was passionate about throughout the years. She had many hobbies such as knitting, gardening, sculpting, hiking, and photography.
Annie never complained and was selfless to the core, a characteristic that carried over to everything she did. She loved, cared, and advocated for her predeceased husband, John Flynn of Norwalk, during both of his long illnesses. She was his rock and caregiver, an act that modeled what love was to her surviving daughters, Bridget and Colleen. When she became ill with a rare form of dementia at a young age, they cared for her as she had shown them so many years and times before. Annie is also survived by her daughters’ husbands and grandchildren, Andrew Tsilfides (Bridget) plus their two sons, Aristotle and Zachary, and Steven Ford (Colleen). She is additionally survived by her Carroll brothers Robert, Clifford, Daniel, Francis Jr., and Mark as well as Kimball step-siblings Bruce, Nancy, and Susan. She is predeceased by her sister, Marybeth.
Annie will always be loved and remembered fondly for her compassion, understanding, resilience and being a beacon of change.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday, March 9, 2018, at 10:00 AM in St. Jerome Church, 23 Half Mile Road, Norwalk. Burial will follow in St. John Cemetery, 223 Richards Avenue, Norwalk.
Friends may visit with the family Thursday, March 8th from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM at Collins Funeral Home, 92 East Avenue, Norwalk.