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Obituary for Ann Walker Rodriguez

February 24, 2019
Austin, Texas

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Ann Walker Rodríguez, age 84, died at her home in Austin, Texas on February 24, 2019. She was a loving mother, devout Christian, and gentle woman who was loved and respected by all who knew her. Trusting in her faith, she peacefully ascended to heaven.

She was the daughter of Harold E. Walker and Olean C. Van Zandt. Ann graduated from Alamo Heights High School (San Antonio) in 1952, received a B.S. in Nursing from Texas Christian University (Ft. Worth) in 1956, and received an M.S. in Nursing from The University of Texas at Austin in 1990, specializing in Gerontological Nursing, with master's thesis titled A Descriptive Study of Selected Props Used to Elicit Memories in Elders. She served on the Board of Directors of the Alzheimer's Association for three years, leading a support group during that time. Ann was a member of the American Nurses Association, Texas Nurses Association, Gerontological Society of America, Sigma Theta Tau honor society, and Phi Kappa Phi honor society.

Ann worked as a nurse at John Sealy Hospital (Galveston) in 1956. She was a Clinical Instructor of Fundamentals of Nursing at St. Mary's School of Nursing (Galveston) during 1956-1957 and was a Clinical Instructor of Medical-Surgical Nursing at The University of Texas Medical Branch (Galveston) during 1957-1959. Ann was a Staff Nurse in the Medical-Surgical Unit at Brackenridge Hospital (Austin) in 1959 and a Staff Nurse for the Medical-Surgical Unit at St. David's Community Hospital (Austin) during 1976-1977. After finishing her graduate degree, Ann served as a marketing representative for Paragon Home Health (Austin) in 1991, office manager for Four Seasons Surgical Clinic for Women (Austin) during 1992-1993, and worked at Hyde Park Counseling Center (Austin) during 1993-1995.

Ann brought beauty and joy to others through her love of art. She was an expert calligrapher and watercolor artist with special expertise in decorative border designs and paintings of birds and flowers. Throughout the years she shared numerous paintings and calligraphy with friends and family, and her works were also displayed in various venues. In addition, she enjoyed ceramics, had her own kiln, and started her own business, Ceramics by Ann.

She taught Sunday school and was a leader in Bible Study Fellowship for many years. In addition, she served as a volunteer driver for West Austin Caregivers and volunteered with Hospice Austin.

In 1955, Ann married Abe Rodríguez. They had four children before divorcing in 1987. Ann is survived by her daughter Debbie Price (husband John), granddaughter Alexis Price, step-granddaughter Rachel Price, step-granddaughter Caroline Price; son Steve Rodríguez (wife Nannette), granddaughter Amanda Rodríguez; son Jeff Rodríguez (wife Jo Dale Carothers); and daughter Renée Meisner (husband Fred), granddaughter Ashley Johnson, grandson Paul Johnson, step-granddaughter Kelly Meisner, step-grandson Chad Meisner, and step-grandson Matt Meisner. Ann is also survived by her ex-husband Dr. Abe Rodríguez.

The funeral service will be 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 2, 2019 at Weed-Corley-Fish Funeral Home, 3125 North Lamar Blvd., Austin, Texas.

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