Ann Jean Nelson
1935 - 2021
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February 19, 1935 December 12, 2020
The Reverand Ann Jean Nelson died on Saturday, December 12th, 2020 at New Dawn Memory Care, Colorado Springs, after a long struggle with Alzheimer's disease. Ann was born on February, 19th, 1935, in Seekonk, Massachusetts, the only child of Zabelle and Edgar Nelson. Ann grew up in Seekonk, attending local
schools from kindergarten through high school. After graduating high school, Ann attended Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island, where she earned a Master's degree in English. She taught High School English in Connecticut, Massachusets, and New York before coming to Colorado Springs in the late 1960s. Here she accepted a position at Mitchel High School where, for many years, she served as a high school counsellor. Following her call to ordained ministry, Ann studied at the Bishop's School of Theology in Denver, Colorado. Taking a leave of absence from Mitchell High School, she attended the Seminary of the South West in Austin, Texas. Ann was ordained a priest in the Episcopal Diocese of Colorado on June 27th, 1985 by the Right Reverend William H. Wolfrum at Grace and St. Stephen Episcopal Church, Colorado Springs. After ordination, Ann finished her counselling career at Coronado High School, in Colorado Springs while assisting as part time priest at Grace and St. Stephen Church. After retirement from high school counselling, Ann accepted a call to serve St. Andrew Episcopal Church, Cripple Creek, Colorado where she served as rector for several years. Upon retirement from St. Andrew's, she found her new church home at the Episcopal Chapel of Our Saviour, Colorado Springs. There she became a faithful member of the choir and a frequent presence at the Altar. Ann was preceded in death by her parents Zabelle and Edgar Nelson. Left to remember Ann are cousins, Bonnie North, Christopher North, Jeffery Mararian, Clifford Nelson and Jay Rogers, her clergy brothers and sisters, choir friends, and many others including her longtime friend and fellow traveler, the Reverend Edwina Burdekin of Colorado Springs.
Funeral services for Ann will be held at a future date.

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Published in The Gazette on Feb. 21, 2021.
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