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Ann G. Packman | Artist and advocate, 67

Ann Goodman Packman, 67, of Merion, an artist and advocate for ovarian cancer patients, died of the disease Thursday at her home.

Mrs. Packman was diagnosed in 1995. She was determined to recover, her daughter, Jocelyn Hockman, said. In 1996, after surgery and chemotherapy, she participated in the New York Marathon to raise money and awareness for ovarian cancer. She was a founder of the National Ovarian Cancer Coalition, and was an inspiration for the numerous patients she counseled, her daughter said.

When the cancer returned in 2005, she was treated at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York and kept her "lust for life," her daughter said. She continued producing art in her home studio and traveled with her husband, Elias Packman, to Africa, Israel, Alaska and Florida.

Mrs. Packman's oil paintings and sculptures have been exhibited locally and in South Florida, where she lived for 10 years.

A graduate of Camden High School, she studied art at Temple University. In 1964, she married Robert Gordon and raised two children in Cheltenham. They later divorced.

She and Elias Packman married in 2005. In addition to her husband and daughter, Mrs. Packman is survived by a brother and two grandchildren. She was predeceased by her former husband and a son, Robert Jr., who died in 1998.

A funeral was Sunday at Joseph Levine & Son, Philadelphia. Burial was in Shalom Memorial Park, Philadelphia.