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Gene Ann Trant

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Gene Ann Trant passed into the arms of her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on Feb. 6, 2013.
Gene Ann was born in Ponca City, Okla., Jan. 7, 1951, where she grew up and attended schools. She met her husband, Rick, as both began attending Oklahoma State University where they graduated in 1972 with Gene Ann receiving a degree in elementary education. Gene Ann and Rick then made a series of moves following his government career. They lived in Texas, Mississippi, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Fort Collins, Colo., from 1985 through 2000, and Iola.
They returned to Colorado in 2003 when Gene Ann accepted a position as director of the Wellington Public Library. While in Kansas she earned her master’s in library science from Emporia State University. They settled in Windsor upon their return to Colorado. Gene Ann held several librarian positions before working in Wellington. She was there until illness forced her retirement. She loved her job in Wellington, her loyal employees and volunteers, and befriended many Wellington citizens including town employees and library patrons. She will be dearly missed.
She is survived by her husband Rick; daughters Erin Niswender and Alison Tompkins (Brandon); grandchildren Austin and Jarrin Niswender and Ethan and Camryn Tompkins and brothers Jeff Livingston (Starr) and Gary Livingston. She was preceded in death by her parents, Hank and Patsy Livingston.
Gene Ann was a devoted wife, mother, and “MiMa.” Her joy came from spending time with her children and beloved grandchildren. She loved libraries, reading and traveling. She and Rick always sought out libraries wherever they traveled and her favorite country was Switzerland.
We would like to give a special thank you to Dr. Roger Bermingham, RN Sarah, CNA Stacy, Pathways Hospice, and the wonderful nursing staff at Columbine Centre Avenue Health and Rehabilitation who took such kind, tender care of Gene Ann. 
Though never a smoker, Gene Ann was diagnosed with a non-smoking form of lung cancer. While being one of the deadliest forms of cancer, it is also under-researched, under-funded, and under-supported.
In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to the Lung Cancer Alliance (lungcanceralliance.org) or the Bonnie J. Addario Lung Cancer Foundation (lungcancerfoundation.org).
Family and friends will privately celebrate Gene Ann’s life at a later date.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.marksfuneralservice.com.

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