- Date Of Birth: December 19, 1937
- Date Of Death: August 8, 2015
- State: Montana
Ann Dahlman, 77, of Great Falls, passed away August 8, 2015 at Peace Hospice surrounded by her loving family.
Ann was born December 19, 1937 in Newport, Arkansas to William and Lottie Phifer. She was educated in Newport, and attended the University of Arkansas for one year. In September of 1964, Ann married the love of her life, Frederick James Dahlman. As an active serviceman in the Air Force, Fred’s career took them to Hawaii in 1966. They returned to Great Falls in August of 1969 and made this their forever home.
A woman of many talents, Ann owned and operated a Continental Trailway Bus Station in West Helena, Arkansas and was a dance instructor for Arthur Murray. She loved to sing, and at the age of 15, along with her 13 year old sister, sang back up to Elvis Presley when he was just 17. She enjoyed ceramics and making porcelain dolls.
Ann was an active member of her community: a founding member of the Western Heritage Art Show, was the show chairperson and president; active with BPOE 245 Does; show chairperson of an annual fashion show; an active member of WIT Montana Wilderness Chapter RV group.
With Fred at her side, Ann loved the RV life-style, making many trips throughout the United States and wintering in San Diego, until her health forced her to stay home in Great Falls.
Ann is survived by her beloved husband Fred; sons Doug Williams of Ramona, CA and Bryan Vaden of Great Falls; daughter-in-law Terri Austin of Great Falls; sister-in-law Renee Dahlman of Woodland Hills, CA; granddaughter, Wendy (Rob) Smith of Rio Rancho, NM; great-grandson Aidan Rosen Smith and great-granddaughter Tegan Jean Smith both of Rio Rancho, NM; special friend, Sherri Baxter of Great Falls.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her sisters, a brother, her in-laws and a special aunt of Newport, AR.
Fred and Ann were approaching their 51st wedding anniversary this September. She was a loving kind woman who will be greatly missed. “We had a pretty good run, Annie D.”