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Obituary: Ann Kristin Fontaine

Published on May 9, 2018 12:01AM

Last changed on May 9, 2018 7:42AM

Ann Fontaine

Ann Fontaine


Cannon Beach

Nov. 22, 1941 — April 18, 2018

The Rev. Ann Kristin (Haldors) Fontaine, age 76, died at home in Cannon Beach, Oregon, on Wednesday, April 18, 2018, in the presence of her loving family and in the worldwide prayers of people whose lives she touched. A kind and caring mother and grandmother, Ann spent her life fighting for justice and equality, and helping people from all walks of life discover their purpose and strength.

Ann was born in Portland, Oregon, on Nov. 22, 1941, to Gustav Charles and Dorothy Margaret (Miller) Haldors. She graduated from Lewis and Clark College in Portland with a bachelor of arts degree in education in 1963. She married James Heryford Fontaine on March 9, 1963, at Grace Episcopal Church in Portland, Oregon, and had three children, Kristin Elizabeth Haldors Fontaine (born 1968), John Stephen Fontaine (born 1973) and Matthew James Fontaine (born 1977).

In 1972, Ann and James settled permanently in Lander, Wyoming, where Ann became a local lay leader in the Episcopal Church, quickly rising to state and national leadership positions.

She fought tirelessly for the equality of women, LGBTQ people, and people of color, working to ensure that all could live without fear, and serve where they were called. Ann was instrumental in the Education for Ministry program, serving as a mentor and trainer for over 30 years.

In 1991, Ann was called to the priesthood, graduating in 1994 from Harvard University with a master’s degree in divinity. She was ordained on Jan. 6, 1996. She found her vocation serving as an interim priest.

In 2012 they moved to Cannon Beach, Oregon, where she was called out of retirement to work as an interim priest at both Grace Episcopal in Astoria and St. Catherine’s of Alexandria in Nehalem.

Outside of her work changing the world, Ann was a devoted Chicago Cubs fan and all-around baseball nut, and loved spending time with her children and grandchildren at Cannon Beach. She remained an active member of the global online community, and continued to advocate for social justice and equality until the end of her life.

Ann is survived by her husband, James; brother, James Haldors; daughter, Kristin Fontaine (David Dailey); sons, John Fontaine (Reidy Brown) and Matt Fontaine (Tamara Paris); and her grandchildren, Quinn Dailey, Sarah Fontaine, Hetty Fontaine, Lander Fontaine, and Mickey Fontaine.

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