Ann Joyce Clifton


December 6, 2017

Ann Joyce Clifton, 86, of Rock Springs, passed away Nov. 29, 2017, at her home.  A longtime resident of Rock Springs and former longtime resident of Colorado, Clifton died following a lengthy illness. 

She was born on June 13, 1931, in Peoria, Ill., the daughter of Alfred M. Kennedy and Edna May Brayton Kennedy.

Clifton attended schools in Peoria Heights and was a 1949 graduate of the Woodruff High School. She also attended Bradley University and graduated from Illinois State University at Normal, Ill., receiving her degree in education and later earned her masters degree from Adams State University in Colorado. 

She married Carl R. Clifton in Peoria Heights, Ill., June 23, 1956 and he preceded her in death May 17, 2005.

She began her career as a kindergarten teacher in Norwalk, Calif., and continued teaching in Massachusetts. She taught in Mancos, Cortez and Dove Creek, Colo., before retiring in 1997. 

Ann was a member of the First Congregational Church in Rock Springs.  Her interests included her faith, teaching, spending time with friends and family, painting, crafts, and caring for children and pets.

Survivors include two daughters, Ariann McDermott and husband John of Rock Springs and Andrea Clifton and four grandchildren of California; one sister, Kay M. Allen of Peoria, Illinois.

Donations in her memory can be sent to VIRS Respite, 333 Broadway, Suite 310 of Rock Springs; Young at Heart Senior Home Health, 2400 Reagan, Rock Springs, Wyoming or Hospice of Sweetwater County, 333 Broadway, Suite 220, Rock Springs, Wyoming 82901.

She was preceded in death by her parents and husband Carl.

There will be no services at her request.

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