1957 - July 9, 2009
Ann Copeland, a well-known Hayden resident, died July 9, 2009, at her home south of Hayden after a four-wheeler accident. She was 52.
Ann was born May 14, 1957, in Hayden to Wesley and Patricia (Holderness) Signs. She was raised and attended school in Hayden, graduating from high school in 1975. Ann was vice president of her graduating class, a member of the Hayden High School cheerleading squad and was crowned homecoming queen. After high school, Ann attended the University of Northern Colorado and later the Community College of Denver, where she studied photography.
Ann married Kevin Copeland on Aug. 28, 1976, in Hayden. They briefly lived in Denver to attend school, then returned to Hayden. In 1981, they started their llama ranch, which she operated until her death. In 1987, Ann went to work at the Yampa Valley Regional Airport. Starting at American Airlines, throughout the years she worked her way up to the position of airport manager and served in that capacity until her retirement in 2007. More recently, Ann was instrumental in the opening of the Hayden Artisan's Market, where she sold jewelry of her own design.
Ann was an active member of the community. She served on the Northwest Colorado marketing committee, was a member of the Hayden Chamber of Commerce and the school booster club and assisted in the county 4-H program. She always supported the various Hayden High School sports teams, and in 2002, she and Kevin were honored as co-grand marshals of the homecoming parade. Ann delivered the commencement address for the Hayden High School Class of 2005.
Ann had many interests and loved spending time with friends and family, but she especially enjoyed being with her grandchildren and caring for her llamas.
Ann is survived by her husband, Kevin Copeland, of Hayden; her son Tanner Copeland and his wife, Becky, of Loveland, and their children Kennedi and Collin; her son Seth Copeland, of Estes Park; her mother, Pat Holderness, of Hayden; her father, Wesley Signs, and his wife, Linda, of Hayden; her sisters, Cheryl Signs, of Denver, and Susan Signs, of Estes Park; her brothers, Charles Signs and his wife. Connie, of Bieber, Calif., and Mark Signs, and his wife, Fujiko, of Boalsburg, Penn.; her mother- and father-in-law, Judy and Ted Copeland, of Hayden; and many others.
A celebration of her life was July 19, 2009, at the Hayden High School gymnasium with Gay Albers officiating. Chad James sang "The Farewell Song." Honorary pallbearers were Tanner and Seth Copeland, Jeremiah and Aaron Smith, and Kyle, Mia and Saya Signs. Hugh Thackaberry played the bagpipes.
A scholarship fund has been established in Ann's name at the First National Bank of the Rockies, P.O. Box 700, Hayden, CO 81639. A scholarship will be presented each year to a Hayden High School graduate who exemplifies the personal values of dedication, loyalty and commitment that made Ann such a valued community member and wonderful friend.