6-29-1926 ~ 3-1-2013
Ann Levy, 86, passed away peacefully at home on Friday, March 1, 2013, after a lengthy illness.
Born in Los Angeles, California on June 29, 1926, to Ben Stine and Mildred Priddy Stine, Ann and her parents moved to Dallas, Texas when Ann was two. She spent her childhood loving to entertain in many costumed dance recitals, as well as playing piano and singing at music performances.
Her senior year of high school, she moved to the Priddy home in Pierce, Colorado and graduated from Pierce High School in 1943. Ann then enrolled as a music major in the education department at Colorado Teacher’s College in Greeley (the current University of Northern Colorado).
She enjoyed sorority life, dorm living and singing with local college dance bands, where she met her future husband, musician Ralph Levy, who also performed as a lead sax player in the bands. She graduated on June 4, 1947, with a bachelor’s degree in music education and on the following day, she and Ralph became husband and wife.
Their first daughter, Suellen, was born in 1948, in Greeley, where Ralph was completing his Master’s Degree in music education. Soon after the family moved to Portland, Oregon for one year, then continued their married life in Ralph’s hometown of Walsenburg, Colorado.
After the births of daughter Cherilyn in 1950 and son Brent in 1953, Ann joined Ralph at Huerfano County High School, where she taught English and vocal music and Ralph was the band director.
Ann loved her teaching at H.C.H.S. Her English students were state winners in essay and poetry contests and her high school choirs took honors at competitions and sang for the 50th graduating class of the school. Walsenburg was a thriving, aspiring community in the 1950s, and Ann was very involved in the many civic, social and performing opportunities her husband’s hometown offered.
She enjoyed the fellowship at the Community Church through the Coffee and Roll Club. She was a dedicated choir member and was often a featured soloist. Friendships were formed through the Le Neuf Club and dinner parties. Her service to the community was given through membership in the Walsenburg Junior Woman’s Club and the Women’s Civic League participating in the annual Tag Day and Poppy Day fundraisers. Ann’s gift of entertaining was fostered in the wonderful minstrel shows the Lion’s Club put on, and she honed her acting skills as a member and performer in the Orphan Players Theatre Group.
The family then moved to Pueblo, Colorado and Ann began another teaching assignment at Keating Junior High School as the girls’ choir director. She received continual recognition for her dedication to her students and numerous awards in vocal competitions.
Even with such an ambitious teaching career, Ann was also highly involved as a volunteer and member in numerous educational, philanthropic and musical organizations in Pueblo.
Most important to Ann were her husband, her children, and her three grandchildren Scott and Katie Robeda and Seth Lockard.
She was a dedicated wife and supported her husband’s music career at the University of Southern Colorado, always in attendance at his many concerts and hosting many professional functions at the family home.
In 1964, Ann began teaching kindergarten at Bradford Elementary School for 19 years until her retirement in 1983. Ann and Ralph returned to Walsenburg in 2006. Here the following year, their 60th wedding anniversary was celebrated, as they came full circle in their married life. For the next six years, Ann spent time between both daughters’ homes.
She enjoyed her affiliations with Chapter BZ of PEO, ADK Omicron and the Walsenburg Woman’s Club.
Her family cherishes their memories of Ann as a loving wife, mother and grandmother, a devoted friend to many, a great jazz singer, and a quick-witted comedienne.
Ann’s love of life, her positive outlook and a deep faith, were her source of strength during her final years of life.
Special appreciation from the family is given to Pastor Bobby Barnhill, Dr. David Neece and staff, the medical team at Spanish Peaks Regional Health Center, R.N. Barbara Wolf, staff and volunteers of Sangre de Cristo Hospice, Lourae King and COG care givers, and Fern Sandoval and staff of the former Walsenburg Care Center. All provided attentive, professional and loving care in helping Ann.
There will be a private graveside service at Imperial Gardens Cemetery on Friday, March 8, 2013 to be followed by a memorial service for family and friends at 2:30 pm in the Montgomery & Steward Chapel, 1317 N. Main, Pueblo, Colorado.
The family respectfully requests the omission of food and flowers.
Those who desire may donate in Ann’s memory to the music or children’s programs of United Methodist Church, 108 Kansas, Walsenburg, Colorado 81089.