1954 - December 2, 2007
Longtime Meeker educator and resident Ann M. Harman, 53, died surrounded by her family Dec. 2, 2007 at Pioneers Hospital following a hard-fought battle with cancer.
Ann Marie Williams was born Aug. 12, 1954, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, to Norman and Marjorie (Whitman) Williams. She was raised in the small Iowa town of Mechanicsville, graduating from Lincoln High School with the class of 1972. She attended the University of Northern Iowa where she received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Education in 1976. She later attended Lesley College where she was awarded her masters degree in 1998.
On July 9, 1977, Ann was united in marriage to Steve Harman at the United Methodist Church in Mechanicsville. The couple met while both serving as FBLA advisers at two nearby high schools, Ann in Kremmling and Steve in Walden. They began their life together in Walden.
Mrs. Harman taught school in both Kremmling and Walden before moving to Meeker with her family in 1983 where she first substitute taught and was eventually hired full time, teaching at Barone Middle School until shortly before her death.
She was beloved by her students and fellow staff members who recognized her hard work and dedication to the school through the many roles she filled. She taught technology, managed the library, held the position of head teacher and sponsored the yearly school trip to Washington D.C., along with various other activities through the years. She will long be remembered by many students as a favorite and influential teacher.
Ann was a tireless member of the Meeker United Methodist Church. She enjoyed her church work and had served as church treasurer for many years. She loved to read and travel and looked forward to her summer trips to Woman Lake in Minnesota. She held a special bond with her three daughters, partaking in their love for swimming by officiating and chauffeuring.
Mrs. Harman is survived by Steve, her husband of 30 years, three daughters, Devon of Hopetoun, Australia, Michelle of Golden and Danyel of Fort Collins; her mother, Marge of Cedar Rapids, Iowa; her three brothers, Lyle and his wife Teresa Williams of Northfield, Min., Keith and his wife Gail Williams of Minnetonka, Min., Kent and his wife Myra Ping Williams of Chicago; two sisters, Lynn and her husband Bob Kerdus of Cedar Rapids, Jean and her husband Ed Johnson of Hiawatha, Iowa; three aunts, Wilma Tvedt of Whittier, Calif., Jo and her husband Jerry Hatcher of Palm Springs, Calif., Carolyn Kelley of Harmony, Min.; as well as 14 nieces and nephews and many cousins.
Ann is preceded in death by her father, Norman Williams.
A memorial service to celebrate her life and career will be held at 10 a.m. Friday at the Freeman Fairfield Community Center. A luncheon for friends and family will be served following the service at Barone Middle School.
The family requests memorial contributions be made to the Ann Harman Memorial Fund to benefit the building fund of the Meeker United Methodist Church at First National Bank of the Rockies, P.O. Box 600, Meeker, CO 81841.
Cochran Memorial Chapel has been entrusted with the arrangements.