Ann Dennis

February 11, 2014

By Contributor

Ann F. Dennis was born Dec. 7, 1931 in Syracuse, N.Y., to Frank C. Foose and Grace Roe Foose. They moved to Harrisburg, Penn., in 1935. Ann graduated from John Harris High School, class of 1949.

She attended Gettysburg College, in Gettysburg, Penn., where she completed majors in social science and physical education, graduating in 1953. She was chosen one of the several outstanding seniors and was in “Who’s Who in Colleges and Universities” in 1953.

After graduation, Ann worked for two years at People’s Settlement House in Wilmington, Del., and then taught school for two years. In 1957, she went to Germany as a civilian and worked for two years for the Department of Army in recreation. After she was married in 1959, she came to Seattle and lived in the Renton area from 1960-1983, where her son Scott was born in 1968.

She earned her Master’s in Education degree from the University of Washington in 1983. She taught special education at Roosevelt High School in Seattle, from 1983 to 1996, when she retired.

She is one of the founding members of Life Enrichment Options (LEO) a local nonprofit organized in 1989 by parents of children with disabilities, to foster services for these families in education, recreation and employment in the Issaquah area. (The LEO group now owns three adult family homes in Issaquah). Ann was also an active member of the Issaquah Senior Center.

Ann is survived by her beloved son Scott, of SeaTac, her brother Alan, as well as extended family. She will be missed by many friends.

By her request, a private family gathering will be held at a later date.

Friends are invited to share memories, view photos and sign the family’s online guest book at

In lieu of flowers, donations to LEO would be greatly appreciated, but not required. (LEO website:

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