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September 26, 1938 - December 3, 2023
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Ann C Haggard passed away with family by her side at her home in Montrose on December 3, 2023 at the age of 85.
Ann was born on September 26, 1938, to William and Lillian (Taylor) Collins in San Benito, Texas. She grew up surrounded by family that included aunts, uncles, and cousins, with whom she remained close all of her life.
Ann graduated from North Texas University with a teaching degree. On June 4, 1960, she married the love of her life, Tom D Haggard. She and Tom taught in San Benito, Texas for a couple of years before moving to Tacoma, Washington while Tom was serving with the National Guard. From there they moved to Laramie, Wyoming while Tom got his master’s degree at the University of Wyoming. They also lived in Jackson Hole and Cody, Wyoming before moving to Colorado.
They moved to Montrose, Colorado with their two daughters, DeeAnn and Teresa, in 1970. Ann designed her dream house and together she and Tom built that home on Spring Creek Mesa in 1972. She and Tom have been members of Montrose Christian Church since 1972.
Ann’s fondest memories were those of growing up in the Rio Grande Valley as well as the many summers she and Tom spent in Silverton, Colorado, and the friends that they had there. However, nothing was more important to Ann than her family. She was a devoted daughter, sister, wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. She had the most beautiful smile. Even in her final days on earth, she was quick to smile. She never said an unkind word to anyone. Ann was one of the sweetest people God has ever created.
Ann was preceded in death by her parents, William (Bill) and Lillian Collins, and her brother, Dean Collins. She is survived by her husband of 63 years, Tom Haggard of Montrose; daughter DeeAnn (Jesse) Harrington of Montrose; daughter Teresa (Peter) Vorrias of Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida; Grandchildren Chelsey (Joseph) Bucciarelli of Clarksville, Tennessee; Justin (Kara Ratliff) Harrington of Montrose; and Nico Vorrias currently stationed in Iwakuni, Japan with the United States Marine Corps; and one great-granddaughter, Kallie Good.
Ann never wanted a fuss to be made over her, so there will be no funeral. Her immediate family will, however, celebrate her life every time they get together. The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be made in honor of Ann to Hope West. Crippin Funeral Home is assisting the family.