Ann Beyer

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Photo Ann C. Beyer A long-time resident of Palo Alto, passed away at home January 21 after a long illness. She is survived by her life partner Millard J. Knepper, her former husband, Karl Beyer of Palo Alto, and her children, Kat Beyer (Wolfgang Lochner), an author from Madison WI and Jon Beyer (Nadine Bradford), a software programmer at Electronic Arts from Mountain View. She is also survived by her brother, Ed Sutherland of Melvin Village NH, and two sisters, Ellen Sidor of Tucson AZ and Beth King of Stockton NJ. A woman of diverse interests and talents, she was born in Boston MA in 1935 and was a graduate of Mount Holyoke College class of '57 and Boston University School of Social Work, class of '60. Ann worked as a social worker for many years in Boston and San Jose before becoming an artist. She started as a quilter, teaching at Ghost Ranch in Abiquiu NM. A member of Covenant Presbyterian Church, she was commissioned to do the long painted silk banners which are permanently mounted in the sanctuary. Later she moved to painting dreams and landscapes in oils and water color and took many painting trips abroad. She studied at Foothills College and with Earl Pierce, a nationally known Hans Hofmann student. She also studied piano and voice. Ann loved the outdoors and enjoyed walking with friends at Baylands. She was passionate in supporting many conservation causes including the Seed Savers Exchange, Sierra Club, Nature Conservancy and Peninsula Open Space Trust. She was a charter member of the Monterey Bay Aquarium. She and her daughter Kat collaborated on producing an animated short as a logo for the Rainforest Action Network. From a young age, she was an avid horsewoman. She kept a Tennessee Walker at college and had horses most of her life, including a Palomino she enjoyed riding in Portola Valley. She loved gardening and enriched her plants with help from chickens roosting in coops over her compost pile. In 2005 she and her life partner built a house in Wolfeboro NH which featured a roomy painting studio. In 2010 she began showing her work at the Ladd Caregas Gallery in Sandwich NH. A memorial service will be held at Covenant Presbyterian Church at 670 East Meadow Drive, Palo Alto, California Saturday March 17, 2012 at 3PM. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Pathway Hospice of Sunnyvale CA.
Published in San Francisco Chronicle on Feb. 19, 2012