Ann Gullberg Evans

January 10th, 1930January 26th, 2021

Ann G. Evans, beloved wife of Hugh, died on Tuesday, January 26, 2021 in Boulder. Ann was 91, born in Moline, Illinois to Elmer A. and Minnie Swanson Gullberg, second generation Swedish. After graduating from Moline High in 1947, she came to CU Boulder to study Education. At an SAE Fraternity costume party, Ann met Hugh (a robot), CSMines student, and WW II veteran, from San Rafael, CA. Last September they celebrated their 70th Anniversary.

Life as a mining engineer’s wife took her all over world from Utah to California, the Philippine Islands, New Mexico, Australia, Illinois, Ohio, and Colorado. Ann still managed to graduate with a B.S. in Education from CU in 1976. Her career was that of homemaker, wife, and mother raising four children and a succession of dogs. A life-long volunteer, Ann taught Sunday school, was active in the Girl Scouts, worked in school libraries, tutored English to illiterate adults, and ESL to devoted Chinese, Arab, Mexican, Japanese, Czech and Nepalese adult students. She chaired a Student Loan Program for the Women’s Auxiliary of the American Institute of Mining Engineers in Chicago, and worked in Patient Care with Hospice of Cincinnati. With a colleague she launched the bookstore for the Museum of Natural History in Cincinnati where she was also active in the International Visitors Center. She and Hugh served as Election Judges. She was a member of the Delta Gamma Sorority, Phi Chapter, including longtime support for Denver’s Anchor Center for Blind Children.

Returning to Boulder brought them full circle to their 30th home, always a microcosm of the world gathering family, friends and strays. After retirement the couple traveled extensively including 10th Mt. veteran returns to Italy, and a dream trip to Antarctica. Her interests were in books, children’s literature, foreign affairs, history, politics, photography, writing, theater and people. She was a prolific writer.

The Evans found a church home at Mountain View United Methodist and fourteen years at Frasier Meadows brought friends and staff who are second family. In all, Ann had a busy, happy, fascinating life with extraordinary and wonderful family and friends; she sent 300 Christmas cards. “It’s been a great adventure!” Her sister Janet Gullberg (1918-1996) was a Social Worker in Moline.

Ann is survived by her husband Hugh, four children Michael Evans (Judy) of Denver, Deborah Clem (Steven) of Boulder, Susannah LeVon (Peter) of Grand Junction, and Kathleen Hurley (Kelly) of Boise; 11 grandchildren; and 12 great grandchildren. The families reside in Colorado, Texas, California, Ohio, New York, Idaho and New Zealand. Her advice which she gently and generously lived was ever: “Love and be loved.”

In lieu of flowers please send donations to the Anchor Center for Blind Children, Hospice, Meals on Wheels, or a charity of your choice.

 

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