A free spirit has departed this world. Patricia Ann Blout passed away Thursday, March 7 at the Pikes Peak Care Center. She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother. She preferred being called Ann. Born in Chicago on February 23, 1932, her parents were Homer and Helen Pryor. She was raised in Galva, Illinois. From her early years Ann was a performing musician. In 1953 Ann graduated with high honors from the University of Illinois with a BS in music education. She had a magnificent soprano voice and was active in the university opera workshop programs. At the university Ann married an AFROTC cadet, Harry D. Blout, on September 7, 1952. After graduation Ann and Harry were off on what became an Air Force career taking them to Illinois, Texas, and Colorado. While Harry was assigned in Korea, Ann and two small sons, Daniel and Marcus, lived in Tokyo. Ann sang professionally and taught music at the International School of the Sacred Heart. She was the soprano soloist when the Tokyo NHK Symphony performed Handel's Messiah at Christmas time, 1958. Ann had the great good fortune to live in Colorado since 1962. Harry had assignments in Denver and then the USAF Academy. Ann was a soloist under the direction of Austin Lovelace at Montview Boulevard Presbyterian Church in Denver. At the Academy she directed the Academy Officers' Wives Club choral group, the Skylarks. She sang lead roles in several productions by the Academy Players, including "Sweet Charity." After Harry's retirement from the Air Force, Ann settled into teaching duties, at times, in three local school districts and becoming the musical director of the Protestant Community Center Chapel at the AF Academy. For several years she taught music and drama at Benet Hill Academy and was the director of their popular Dad-Daughter Shows. For almost 10 years Ann was the musical director at the Black Forest Community Church. For a time she even reprised her role as the director (ringleader?) of the Skylarks. Ann is survived by her husband, Harry; her sons Daniel of Colorado Springs, Marcus of Denver and grandchildren Kate and Scott of Denver. She was preceded in death by a grandson, Jason. Ann has willed her remains to the Colorado State Anatomical Board. The family invites Ann's friends and former students for refreshments and a Celebration of Life on Sunday, March 24 from 2 to 4 pm in the downstairs activity room of the Black Forest Community Church, 6845 Shoup Road, Colorado Springs.
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Published in The Gazette from Mar. 10 to Mar. 17, 2013