Anna Mae Strain Nunnelee Everett, 94, retired educator, musician extraordinaire, story teller, and family matriarch, died in Ft. Collins, Colo., on Aug. 1, 2019. Anna Mae died on Colorado Day – she was a descendant of 19th century Colorado settlers and a proud Coloradan.
Anna Mae was born on July 24, 1925, in La Junta, Colorado, the only daughter of Leco P. and Coy Beavers Strain. She was preceded in death by her parents, a brother George L. Strain, a brother Captain Dean B. Strain, who was killed in World War II, nephew Gregory Dean Strain, and her late husband, Dr. E. Frank Everett and her daughter-in-law Carolyn Nunnelee.
Anna Mae attended schools in La Junta and graduated with the class of 1942. She went on to graduate from the University of Colorado in 1946 where she was a piano and organ major and a member of Delta Delta Delta. Following her graduation from CU, Anna Mae worked as an organizer, representing her sorority at the University of Kansas.
She married Jearl B. Nunnelee in 1947 and for the next 25 years they served as educators in the communities of Manzanola, Fowler, Walsenburg, Yuma, and Fort Collins. Anna Mae taught music, wrote and directed 36 music-play productions for grades one through six, directed high school choral groups and student media productions which won many awards. Her special groups were highly sought after for entertainment and performances in neighboring schools and communities.
Additionally, Anna Mae established piano studios in her various communities and provided piano fundamentals and music theory for private students. Having earned a Master’s Degree in Educational Media, Anna Mae added membership in several state
committees and served as chairman of the Northeastern Colorado Board for Educational Media Services.
Jearl Nunnelee and Anna Mae were divorced in 1978. Following her subsequent marriage to E. Frank Everett, a college friend, she moved to San Francisco where she lived for the next twelve years. During this time she assisted her husband, a radiologist, in managing his medical office and became active in the San Francisco Medical Society and Medical Society Auxiliary.
After her husband’s death Anna Mae returned to Fort Collins, where she spent the next 27 years joyously being an active grandmother (Grandma’s Day every Thursday), piano teacher to five grandchildren, and enthusiastic employee of her son and daughter-in-law’s business, Burt’s Logo Apparel.
Always a committed community member, Anna Mae served her churches as an organist, served on city councils, state committees for media services, philanthropic organizations, Boy Scouts, founded adult education projects, and in California served on state boards and committees and as president of the San Francisco Medical Society Auxiliary. She enjoyed membership in several organizations where she served as an officer in various capacities. She was a 70+ year member of Delta Delta Delta Sorority, a 70+ year member of P.EO., - most recently a member of Chapter GG in Fort Collins - and enjoyed the friendship of members of the Birthday
Club and Crones Group in Fort Collins.
She was a gracious hostess and especially enjoyed hosting her annual birthday bash and her elegant Christmas Soirees at which she performed musical selections on her grand piano. Anna Mae’s family and friends cherished her wit and sense of humor and she was never without a family story or memory to share. She enjoyed world travel from Yemen to Iceland and in between and was intellectually curious about culture, world events, and her environment. Friendships formed in elementary school flourished throughout her life and she valued each and every friend both old and new. She appreciated a good joke and a glass of good bourbon.
She is survived by her four children Jess B. Nunnelee, Dallas, Texas, John Dean Nunnelee (Debbie), San Francisco, Calif., Burt J. Nunnelee (Mary Good), Fort Collins, and Jane Good, also of Ft. Collins. Ten grandchildren and four great grandchildren also survive. Additional survivors are nieces and nephew Sharon Strain Kolomitz and Susan Strain Miller of La Junta, and George Strain Jr. of Folsom, La. Anna Mae always said her greatest accomplishment in life was character and success of her children and her grandchildren. She felt each one far exceeded her expectations and aspirations and she passionately loved each one, including added family members.
A celebration of life for Anna Mae Strain Nunnelee Everett will be held at 4-6:30 p.m. Oct. 12 at Fort Collins Country Club.