WHITE STONE—On Sunday, March 1, 2020, Ann Rickenbaugh Kelsey, loving mother of three and lifelong educator, passed away at the age of 88.
Ann was born to Ralph and Hilda Rickenbaugh on November 13, 1931. She was raised in Denver, Colorado, graduated from Smith College and William & Mary, worked for the U.S. State Department, moved to the Northern Neck and taught English and creative writing at Chesapeake Academy and Rappahannock Community College from 1976 -1990.
Ann was married to Andrew S. Kelsey and together they raised three children, Kira, Robin and Andrew.
Ann had a passion for literature and writing, which she shared with her students. She wrote and published a novel based on her life in the foreign service, working overseas while raising three small children.
Ann loved discussing big ideas and was a member of several book clubs, her beloved French Club, and the congregations of Grace Episcopal Church in Kilmarnock and the Unitarian Universalists in White Stone. She was known for her keen intellect, advocacy for women’s education, generosity, and pioneering spirit.
Ann is survived by her three children; two grandchildren, Liberty and Dylan; and a number of cousins, nieces and nephews.
A celebration of her life is planned for June. Donations may be made in Ann Kelsey’s name to support local children’s education through the Unitarian Universalists at 435-7577.