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Spiritual journey brings Ann Fontaine back to the beach

Spiritual journey brings Ann Fontaine back to the beach

I love this profile of the Rev. Ann Fontaine, devoted Café newsblogger, from the Gazette in Cannon Beach, Ore.:

For those with a spiritual calling, it does not matter when in life it comes, only that it is heeded. As Cannon Beach resident Ann Fontaine discovered, answering that call brought her faith and her home full-circle.

Fontaine has lived in Cannon Beach full-time for two years since she and her husband, Jim, retired. Though the couple lived in Lander, Wyo. for nearly 35 years, they owned a house in Cannon Beach for nearly as long. Ann, a professional interim minister ordained in 1996, realized long ago that the heart of her spirituality lay at the Oregon Coast.

Early in life, Fontaine’s ties to the North Coast grew. “I grew up in Portland and spent all my summers with my grandparents in Seaside,” she said. “My uncles – Norwegians and Scots – all fished the Columbia River and put down deep roots in this area.” As an adult, she raised three children in Wyoming where her husband was a doctor. Whenever possible, the Fontaines made the trek west to their home in Cannon Beach. “We owned a home here for years and always knew we’d retire here one day,” she said. “It was always like coming home.”

Read full story here.


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