Ann Freeman Emrich, 86, died surrounded by her three sons after a courageous struggle against illness on Tuesday, February 26, 2013. Ann was born in Greeley, Colorado, the fifth child of an Eastern Colorado banker/ rancher and a teacher. Graduating from Greeley High School, and having started writing for the "Greeley Tribune" at 16, she went on to the University of Colorado at Boulder, pledged Alpha Phi and majored in Journalism. She graduated, as a member of national honor society Mortar Board, with a Bachelors degree in 1947. She completed her Masters degree in Radio & Television journalism from the University of Illinois in 1948. A prolific and curious writer and reporter, she worked for radio stations in Greeley and Denver where she met her future husband, Paul Emrich. She continued to write throughout her life, for the "Denver Post" Zone editions, and as alumnae editor for the national "Alpha Phi Quarterly," among others. She held nearly every office in the Denver alumnae chapter of Alpha Phi, and in 1986 was presented with the Alpha Phi Michaelanean Award for her longtime work for the sorority. From singing in the church choir, to wordsmithing her clever poems, researching her ancestors' interesting history, knitting, or playing bridge or any possible word game, Ann was always game for a new experience, or a new friendship. Paul preceded her in death in 2010. A devoted and proud mother of Ron, Gary and David, she is survived by them, their spouses, grandchildren Paul and Danielle, and several nieces and nephews, who are forever grateful for our extraordinary mother, grandmother and aunt. A service to remember and celebrate Ann, her kindness, courage, curiosity and love of life, will be held at Cherry Creek Presbyterian Church, 10150 Belleview Avenue, at 1:00 pm on Thursday, March 14. In lieu of flowers a contribution may be made in Ann's name to the Alpha Phi Foundation Women's Heart to Heart Health program.
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Published in Denver Post from Mar. 8 to Mar. 10, 2013