Ann Beier

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Beier, Ann Randall

Ann Randall Beier died Sunday, February 26th, in her home. She was surrounded by her family.

Born in New Rochelle, NY, and raised in Albuquerque, NM, Ann earned a degree in elementary education from the University of New Mexico. She taught first and second grade in El Monte, CA, where she met her first husband, Richard, and gave birth to her son, Jeff. After relocating to Redding, she adopted her twin girls, Laurie and Lisa.

Ann worked as a specialist and tutor coordinator for the Writing Skills Center at Shasta College. During this time she met her second husband, Ed, and developed her art. She took a variety of classes: weaving, printmaking, silkscreen, free hand drawing, poetry and photography. She traveled extensively, participated in a variety of workshops, and made a place for herself in Redding and the surrounding areas as a highly respected photographer. She shared her work in individual, two-person and group gallery shows. "I look for parts of the whole: line, shape, texture, and most of all color. These elements help me reduce an image to its essence, its simplest terms. They allow me to find meaning in the ordinary, order in chaos."

A lover of folk tunes, Ann played with The Music Group for decades. At their last meeting they honored her by playing her all-time favorite song, "Country Roads." She was also active with the North Valley Art League, the Art Salon and the Ya-Yas, an informal writing group that evolved into a sisterhood. They traveled together, celebrated life and became family.

Ann devoted her life to her children and supported them unconditionally. She is preceded in death by her daughter, Laurie, and survived by her son, Jeff, her daughter, Lisa, her grandson, Jeffrey, and her son-in-law, Steve. She is also survived by her granddaughters, Alexa and Nichole, her stepsons, Andy, Chris, Nate and Matt, her siblings Margaret and John, and her dearest friend, Monica. In her last months, she became very close with her Hospice nurse, Lisa.

An Off The Wall Party is scheduled for Saturday, April 8th, from 2:00 to 5:00 PM at the North Valley Art League Gallery in Redding's Caldwell Park. All are invited. Ann did not want a formal memorial but instead an informal fiesta to remember her and share her work. Rather than flowers, Ann hoped for contributions to charity. She gave to Shasta Women's Refuge, Haven Humane, People of Progress and One Future at a Time, an organization dedicated helping the children of Africa. She also helped create the Marty Brandon Scholarship for re-entry women attending Shasta College.

Of her spirit, Ann's kindergarten teacher said, "She is a shy, quiet, lovable little girl. She is thoughtful, gentle, courteous and always eager to be helpful." Of her artistic potential she added, "She has shown special interest in her art work. Ann seems to have quite a flair along this line."

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Published in Albuquerque Journal on Mar. 26, 2017