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Farewell to Annie

Ann Marie Wallen
Dec. 25, 1919 - Sept. 30, 2012

For many years the Killington Arts Guild and the Killington Recreation Department held Potluck Holiday luncheons open to everyone. "Annie" and I shopped together for festive decorations at all possible stores for the best deals, visiting the Howe Center, dollar stores, and many more up and down Route 7 for holiday treats, favors, and table settings. It was hard to think then, as it is now, that once Ann was a commercial artist in Manhattan - trained at Pratt Institute; later she worked in Senior citizen facilities in Vermont teaching art; was a skier, managing a lodge for friends; helped build the new Sherburne Library and furnish it; served for 12 years as the President of the Killington Arts Guild, joined many organizations; and traveled to many places in Vermont supporting the arts. At those Holiday luncheons, George Lyons played the piano, the Pot Luck Trio- Bernie and Donna Martin and Jack Harrington- performed and it always turned into a birthday party for Annie.

Many stories will be told when Ann Wallen's family arrives from Princeton, NJ to celebrate her life and her art with the Killington Community and her friends from everywhere.

"Passé-partout
I find myself on/contradictory land/With a discovery rather strange/but so-/That just as seals must break/and bands must bend/To open up/a cask   a jar   a keg/Your going/Opens up/My heart/to/Love." ~ Ann Wallen (The Mountain Troubadour 2007-Poetry Society of Vermont)

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A Community Committee has met to make the following plans: A memorial service for Ann Wallen will be held at the Sherburne United Church of Christ on Sunday, October 21 from 9-10 a.m. A gathering of Ann's family and close friends will follow at the Sherburne Memorial Library from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. and will include a potluck luncheon. Attendees should bring their favorite dish to share.

Memorial contributions can be made to the Ann Wallen Legacy Fund and be sent in care of Gail Weymouth, Sherburne Memorial Library, 2998 River Road, Killington VT 05751. This Legacy Fund will be used to conserve and prepare for display the body of Ann's art work.

A celebration of Ann Wallen's life and a retrospective display of her work, to which the whole community will be invited, will be held in early summer next year. Plans will be announced closer to that time.

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