Remembering a Life Cut Short: Annie Ford

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You might remember the domestic abuse death of Annie Ford one year ago in Appleton–and now, her loved ones reflect on a life cut short.

Forgive–but don’t forget.
That seems to be the unspoken slogan of those blessed enough to have known Annie Ford.
And now, those still clinging to her memory held a breakfast in honor of her passing.
She was one of four sisters and helped create faith where there was none.

“We always hung together,” said Dorothy Earl, Annie’s sister. “If you saw me, you saw her. She gave a lot away. But most importantly, she gave her heart to others.”

The case served as a domestic abuse wake-up call.

“When little things are brushed under the rug or aren’t made a big deal of, the next time they come through it may be a little bit more violent,” said Lt. William Krieg. “And the escalation is where it really becomes dangerous.”

We can sometimes be all that stands between bad and worse.

“The biggest thing is to reach out to friends and family,” said Krieg. “Sometimes the victims of domestic violence don’t recognize the true danger that they’re in.”

Even though justice has yet to be fully served in the case, Annie’s sister is confident she’s at peace.

“She’s looking down on us,” said Earl. “She’s happy now, she’s smiling. But she needs to stay out of my dreams.”

59-year-old Johnny Scott is charged with her murder and could face life in prison in the case.

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