WILMINGTON — Anne Elizabeth Pemberton, 46, died Friday, June 11, 2021. She was born Feb. 5, 1975, in Maryville, Tennessee, to her late mother, Nancy Anne Garrett Pemberton, and father, Dr. James Michael Pemberton.
Anne was a graduate of Farragut High School in Knoxville, Tennessee, and earned both an undergraduate degree in psychology and a graduate degree in information sciences from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. She earned a second graduate degree in instructional technology from the University of North Carolina, Wilmington (UNCW).
Anne began her professional career as a Libraries Fellow at NC State University in 2000 before briefly rejoining her alma mater as a social sciences reference librarian at the University of Tennessee Libraries in 2002. In 2003, she began working at UNCW, holding various librarian positions, most recently as the associate director, Research and Instructional Services and Library Assessment. In the past year, she was a cofounder of a mindfulness initiative at UNCW and started a website, the Hopeful Librarian, to better understand how libraries and universities can develop anti-racist, mindful humans with high levels of critical thinking and information literacy skills.
Anne held a strong zest for life, was an avid sports fan, especially of the Tennessee Volunteers. She lettered in both high school basketball and volleyball and enjoyed tennis. Anne was fond of traveling, with her favorite places being Cades Cove, Key West and of course, Nashville. She was also rumored to have slipped across the border to Mexico and Canada with a few friends here and there. She also possessed a card catalog of knowledge when it came to pop culture and was a trivia team’s ace on that subject. She was also an animal lover, having loved her rescued pets, including cats, Ricky, Sadie and Diego; and her beloved dogs, Gracie, Trouble, Chance, Storm and Skye.
Anne had an enormous heart and was quick to help others. A lifelong learner, she believed in the power of learning to positively effect both individual growth and societal change. She was active in charitable causes, whether it was raising funds for multiple sclerosis, the humane society, or mental health and wellness. She was also a facilitator and member of Refuge Recovery, a group offering a Buddhist-oriented, non-theistic program for recovery from all forms of addiction.
She is survived by her father, James Michael Pemberton; brother, John Garrett Pemberton of Rome, Georgia; nephews, Truett and Titan Pemberton; aunt, Susan Pemberton of Paris, Tennessee; and aunt, Jean Allgood of Tucker, Georgia. She will also be lovingly remembered by her boyfriend, Jason Batton; former husband, Peter Fritzler; and the many friends, colleagues and students she taught or advised over the years.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m., Saturday, June 26, at Andrews Mortuary, 4108 S. College Road, Wilmington.
In lieu of flowers, the family welcomes donations made in Anne’s memory to Carolina Animal Rescue & Adoption.
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