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We have received information about the deaths of the nurses listed below. In order to honor those who have died, we would appreciate your sharing information with us about any nurse from your community or that you personally know who has died. They do not need to be a member of the Colorado Nurses Association as we include any nurse who has lived/worked/graduated from a school of nursing in Colorado.

Bray, Dianne Louise (Cook), RN, MS, FNP died in June 2007 in Canon City, CO. A 1974 graduate (in their last diploma class) of St. Luke's Hospital School of Nursing, Manhattan, NY, she received both her BSN and MSN from Beth-El College of Nursing, Colorado Springs, CO. where she was honored as the 2007 Outstanding Alumni for her work in mentoring new nurse practitioners. Her professional employment included 21 years at St. Mary Corwin (Pueblo), Memorial Hospital, Colorado Springs, the Colorado Department of Corrections and, most recently, in an Internal Medicine Practice in Canon City. She was devoted to the profession of nursing and was respected for her integrity, knowledge and compassion.

Ann Bullock

Bullock, Ann MS, RN, CNS Ms. Bullock died in Denver CO on December 10, 2007. She was 76 years old. Her nursing education included a BS-Nursing through the program offered by Presbyterian Hospital Denver/University of Denver. She received a MS--Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing from the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, Denver CO in 1963. Ms. Bullock was the first Psych CNS in Colorado to open an independent practice.


Champlain, Claudine Mae (Pless), died December 12, 2007 at age 83 in Spokane, WA. She attended the nursing program at Front Range Community College, Westminster, CO.

Keyes, Billie H. age 89 died November 22, 2007 in Denver. She was quoted as identifying herself when introduced as "an old retired RN."

Leck, Dorothy Ann, a nurse, died December 27, 2007 in Lakewood, CO.

April Linum

Linam, April, RN, died September 18, 2007 at age 41. She graduated from the Pueblo Community College RN program on May 5, 2007. April completed the rigors and challenges of nursing school while facing almost insurmountable challenges of multiple cardiac conditions. She was admitted to the hospital over 20 times during her three years in nursing school for procedures including cardiac ablations and insertion of a pacemaker. She never accepted concessions for her cardiac condition. Her dream was to become an RN at Memorial Hospital in the Cardiac Step Down unit, to be able to return service to the Unit that provided her care on so many occasions. Following graduation, she passed her licensing examination (first try!) and was able to achieve that dream, as she worked five weeks as a RN on the Cardiac Step Down Unit. During her short life, April earned three different college degrees, but nursing was her lifelong dream and passion. To honor that passion, her family has established a Memorial Scholarship (Nursing) in her name through the Pueblo Community College Foundation as well as a Scholarship Fund at the Cotopaxi High School for a graduating senior entering a nursing education program.


Nickelson, Josephine M. RN, died December 16, 2007. She was 87 years of age and had served in WWII as a 1st LT in the Army Nurse Corps.

Wickham, Devin Robert, RN, died at age 31 on December 4, 2007. He was a graduate of Front Range Community College. Devin was employed as a home hospice nurse.
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Title Annotation:Dianne Louise Bray, Ann Bullock, Claudine Mae Champlain, April Linum and Josephine M. Nickelson
Author:Hoygaard, Eve
Publication:Colorado Nurse
Article Type:In memoriam
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Mar 1, 2008
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