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“You are all in my prayers, so sorry for your loss, Mrs Heck was one of my favorite teachers. ”
1 of 5 | Posted by: Laura Foster (Wolfe ) - Student

“We spent a lot of time over the years with the Heck family. Ann always had a smile on her face and greeted us with a hug. She was so much a leader...Read More »
2 of 5 | Posted by: Doran & Gloria Lee - Willow, AK

“It is with affection and respect I shall always think of you, dear Ann. Till we meet again in the next world, your friend, Jeanette Richards ”
3 of 5 | Posted by: Jeanette Richards - Talkeetna, AK

“Ann was a sweet lady. I grew up in Alaska not far from Ann and Joel and they became like fanily to us. I spent a lot of time at their house when I...Read More »
4 of 5 | Posted by: Rachel Allen - TN - Family Friend

“We will miss your sweet smile and your sparkling eyes and wonderful soul, Ann. Your determination to walk the PCT alongside your loving daughter and...Read More »
5 of 5 | Posted by: Amy Beauregard - Benicia, CA


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Ann Jeanette (Hughes) Heck, 80, cherished wife, mother, grandmother, and friend, died peacefully on July 2, 2017 in Gresham, Oregon. Ann was born July 8, 1936 in Colfax, Washington, the daughter of Ethel Enid (Stephens) and Oral Kenneth Hughes. She grew up on the family wheat ranch in Thornton, Washington; graduated from Rosalia High School, where she was active in 4-H, FFA and FHA. She attended the University of Washington where she learned to sail and met JoeL Heck, her husband of 63 years. She earned her B.A. from Washington State University and her M.A. from Oregon State University.
Ann was an adventurer and moved with her husband and three small children to Alaska in 1961. In Alaska, Ann was a homemaker, home builder, teacher, homesteader, dog sledder, trapper, hunter, fisherwoman, and leader of 4-H, Montana Creek Mother's Club, Upper Susitna Seniors, and the Sunshine Seventh-Day Adventist Church. After retirement Ann and JoeL taught English in China and Turkey. Ann and JoeL called Alaska home for 49 years, then returned to the family's Century Farm, where Ann was active in the Rosalia Garden Club, the Whitman County Historical Society's Perkins House, and the Pullman Seventh-Day Adventist Church. Ann's love of music lasted to the end.
Ann was pre-deceased by her parents and sister, Carolyn Bostich. She is survived by her husband, daughters Wendy Coffin (Jeff) and Melani Ament (Bobby), sons Kim (Jennifer), and Timothy; 12 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren. She will be fondly remembered by extended family and friends.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Alzheimer's Association or Rosalia Garden Club.