Ann E. van Beuren, 90, passed away December 26, 2009. Preceded in death by her parents, John Henry Abel and Eileen Richards Abel. Ann was born August 4, 1919, in Pueblo, and was originally from Sugar City, Colo., where her father was manager of the National Sugar Co. Survived by her sister, Margaret (Dick) Elam; son, Robert (Laurel) Campbell; granddaughter, Amanda (Tom) Russell; grandson, Dustin Gaffney; niece, Margo (Paul) Makowicki; nephews, Rick (Melinda) Burch and Rob (Bree) Burch; as well as numerous great-grandchildren, great-nieces and nephews and many, many friends. Ann was active as a docent at the Pueblo Zoo, volunteer at Assistance League Bargain Box store, and Sangre de Cristo Arts and Conference Center. Ann and her family moved to Pueblo when she was five. She attended Central High School and graduated from Monticello Boarding school in Illinois. Ann received a Bachelor's degree in Geography from the University of Colorado. Prior to retiring, Ann worked a number of years for General Drafting Co. of Convent Station, N.J. as a cartographer (map maker). Ann loved animals and enjoyed showing snakes at the zoo and visiting nursing homes with different animals. Up until this year, Annie bowled weekly and will be much missed by her 'bowling buddies.' Ann's Richards family predecessors were Colorado pioneers arriving in Central City during the 1859 gold rush. Cremation, Montgomery & Steward Crematorium. Memorial donations may be made to Assistance League Pueblo, Pueblo Zoo or Sangre de Cristo Hospice through Montgomery & Steward Funeral Directors, 1317 N. Main St., Pueblo, Colo. 81003. Online condolences,

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  1. Very sad to hear of Ann’s passing. My sincere condolences to Bob and the family.
    We worked together for years at General Drafting. Often in fair weather Ann, John L., Don P., Nikki P. and I would share a picnic lunch in a nearby park. We were referred to as “Ma Barker and her Boys”. Shared lots of laughs.
    She was certainly one of a kind.
    Jim Molinelli

  2. I worked with Ann at General Drafting and we kept in touch over the years even though we were many miles apart. When I was being treated for breast cancer eleven years ago she sent me a piece of her jewelry that I had often admired. I often wear and always have cherished “that fish.” I’ll continue to cherish our many years of friendship. My condolences on the loss of this remarkable lady.

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