Ann Muncaster, of Vail, 1936-2010
July 2, 2010
Ann Muncaster was born in 1936 and grew up in the Maryland suburbs of Washington, D.C., and in Winchester, Mass. She earned a Bachelor of Arts from Smith College in 1957, where she played on the field hockey team, and went on to earn a master’s in education at Harvard University. She married her childhood sweetheart, Neil, in 1958, and the couple spent 52 years together before she passed away June 3, at 74.
She and Neil left the East Coast shortly after marrying to “move out West,” and she thrived in the wide-open spaces and mountain lifestyle wherever she lived – Climax, Leadville, Taos, Frisco, Evergreen and Vail.
Ann touched many lives in her career as a mother, wife, friend, and elementary school teacher. As a retiree, she worked with many philanthropic organizations in the Vail area including the Minturn Senior Center, as a translator and victim’s advocate for the Vail police department, and tutoring local children and Spanish speakers.
Ann was very active and loved to travel. At 73, she went down the Grand Canyon on an 18-day trip in a wooden dory, fulfilling a lifelong dream. She believed in unconditional love, good food, reading, native cultures and vortexes. She was the kind of friend who was up for climbing a mountain or a latte whenever you called. One of her beloved grandchildren recently described her as “the mother of all mothers.”
She is survived by her husband, five of her six siblings, four children, 11 grandchildren and many friends.
The immediate family celebrated Ann’s life in mid-June on a remote ranch in Northern California. Her ashes are scattered at her favorite spot in the Vail Valley. No services were held at her request. Electronic condolences can be posted at http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/annmuncaster/guestbook. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the CaringBridge website, the Cure Autism Now (CAN) Foundation, or to your favorite local charity.
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