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Ann Christenson Wrenn History

Daughter of Pete Christenson



Ann Christenson Wrenn about 1960

Ann Tomena Christenson
b. 18 Feb. 1915 Jonesboro, Texas
d. 23 Oct 2016 at the age of 101, Orlando, Florida  [Funeral pamplet 2016]
Buried: 1 Nov 2016, old St. Olaf's "Rock Church", Cranfills Gap, TX

m. Dr. Simeon Mayo Wrenn  Nov. 30 1941 Fayetteville, AR
b. 8 December 1895 Garner, N. C. [SS Death Index]
d. 9 March 1972 Orange Co., Florida (age 75)[SS Death Index]
 divorced: Feb. 1969 Orange Co., Florida [Florida Divorce Index, 1927-2001]
his 2nd m. Nell  Thompson 4 Aug 1971
his parents :  C. L. Wrenn of Wake Co.   , North Carolina

her father: Pete Christenson
her mother: Cora Rohne

Children
Nancy Ann Wrenn b. 26 Feb. 1943  Cumberland Co., NC#
d. living  N. C.
m. Tracy Todd Starcher  Dec 1969 Orange Co., Florida
Simeon "Sim" Mayo Wrenn II
b. Nov. 1944 Wayne, NC
d. retired to Winston-Salem, NC
m. Anna F Zelinka - Oct 1969, Dade Co., Florida
#North Carolina Birth Index, 1800-2000

Ann became a nurse where she met Dr. Wrenn. They married and lived in Winter Park, Florida for many years. The children are now have grand-children. Simmon Wrenn Jr. has become a physician in his father's footsteps and has a position in a teaching hospital in California. Nancy has married and still lives in Florida.

1917, June 5 - Simeon M. Wrenn is 21 years old, born in Garner, Wake Co., N. C. His father is C. L. Wrenn, a farmer in Wake Co., NC.  He is single, caucasian, dark eyes, stout build.  [WWI Selective Service Records]

1941, Nov. 30 - Ann Christenson marries Simeon Wrenn in Fayetteville, Arkansas where they met while working for the Veterans Administration Hospital.  A Presbyterian minister administered the oaths.

Nancy Ann writes that they were married "one week before the Pearl Harbor tragedy. My father had been re-assigned to work at the Veterans Hospital in Fayetteville, N.C., and he and my mother had stopped in Raleigh, N.C. so that he might introduce his bride to his
family. (He and all of his family were natives of N.C.) They were listening to the radio on Sunday at my aunt and uncle's home when they heard about the terrible events of Pearl Harbor.
[Nancy Ann Starcher email 6/06/08]

1943 - Nancy Ann Wrenn is born in Cumberland Co., NC  [North Carolina Birth Indexes, book 32, page 294]

1944, Simon Mayo Wrenn II is born in Cross Creek Township, Wayne Co., NC [ North Carolina Birth Indexes , book 32, page 758]
Nancy and Simeon      Dr. and Mrs
                Wrenn.jpg  
Nancy and Simeon Wrenn

1958 - The family makes a trip to Texas for Christmas.
Wrenn 1958 Texas

1965- Nancy Ann Wrenn graduates from the University of Florida nursing program.

1969- Ann Tomena Wrenn divorces Simeon Mayo Wrenn Sr. in Orange Co., Florida.  certificate number 4247. 
                                        [Florida Divorce Index, 1927-2001]

About 1970 "Sim" Wrenn gets his PHD in medical chemistry.  He works for a number of pharmaceutical companies in San Francisco and Houston over the next several years. 

1972, March- Dr. Simeon Wrenn Sr. dies with last known residence in Winter Park, Florida.  [Social Security Death Index]

1992 - Ane T. Wrenn is living at 705 W 11th St., Clifton, TX 76634-2106 where she moves to be near her sister Marie.  [US Public Rec. Index, Vol. 1]

1995, Ane T. Wrenn is living at 323 Knot Way, Deland, FL 32724 [US Public Rec. Index, Vol. 1]


1997 - 2003  Dr. Simeon "Sim" M. Wrenn is the inventor of several patents assigned to Super Gen, Inc of Dublin, CA
Most seem related to the treatment of HIV infections.
 

Camptothecin Conjugates
#6485514
11/26/2002
Filed:
12/12/1997

Simeon M. Wrenn, Jr. (Danville, CA)
08/089892 SuperGen, Inc. (Dublin, CA)

Treatment for HIV infections
#6800616
10/05/2004
Filed:
02/26/1998

Simeon M. Wrenn, Jr. (Danville, CA)
09/090328 SuperGen, Inc.                        
 (Dublin, CA)

Treatment of HIV infections
#20010049359
12/06/2001
Filed:
03/02/1998

Simeon M. Wrenn Jr. (DANVILLE, CA)
09/032881                                       

Camptothecin conjugates
#6629995
10/07/2003
Filed:
03/31/2000

Joseph Rubinfeld (Danville, CA)
Simeon M. Wrenn, Jr. (Danville, CA)
09/095408 Super Gen, Inc. (Dublin, CA)

DID YOU KNOW? (as of 2006)
Husband: Tracy
Children: Todd & Laura; 1 granddaughter
Present work and/or activities: I currently work in home health.
Bio: After high school, I attended Salem College (a women's college in Winston-Salem, N.C.), Southern Methodist University in Dallas, and graduated in 1965 from the University of Florida. I earned a B.S. degree in Nursing. I was a member of Alpha Delta Pi sorority at SMU and the University of Florida (along with Pat Stephenson and Susan Chase from our WPHS class). I was honored to be Sweetheart of Kappa Sigma fraternity at Sewanee: The University of the South. After college graduation, I obtained a job as a nurse at Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta. Grady Hospital was a large, inner-city hospital/trauma center and teaching hospital for Emory University School of Medicine. I loved my job--and loved Atlanta--a stunningly beautiful city! I came back to Winter Park, got a job, and in 1969 met and married my husband, Tracy. We have lived in several cities in the Southeast, including tiny St. Cloud, the community near Kissimmee. We have two children. Our married son Todd (no grandchildren yet) works as an Assets Allocation Analyst in the financial industry. Our daughter, Laura, formerly a student, is married to a PhD candidate at the University of Florida College of Pharmacy. Her husband aspires to be a pharmaceutical research scientist. His research work to complete the doctoral dissertation involves Alzheimer's disease. They have one toddler, a little daughter who is 1 1/2 years old, and expect a second child in late spring.
Future plans and goals: I hope to be able to retire some day---and learn quilting. Additionally, I would like to get back to oil painting which I so enjoyed years ago. And----I would like to raise roses!

I believe that those of us who were privileged to spend our formative years growing up in Winter Park were blessed indeed. The decade of the 1950's and early 1960's, our coming of age years, were spent in an idyllic small town which had a wonderful ambiance--beautiful lakes, lovely homes, a charming downtown---Park Avenue. Additionally, we had terrific schools, with exemplary teachers. Click HERE to read more from Nancy Ann dated 1/20/2006.

2008- A brief biography that Nancy wrote for the reunion of her Winter Park High School class of 1961 follows.  Permission given by Nancy Ann Starcher 5/26/08:

Nancy Ann
            Wrenn 1961    Nancy Wren Stratcher 2004   

I currently work in home health.

After high school, I attended Salem College (a women's college in Winston-Salem, N.C.), Southern Methodist University in Dallas, and graduated in 1965 from the University of Florida. I earned a B.S. degree in Nursing. I was a member of Alpha Delta Pi sorority at SMU and the University of Florida (along with Pat Stephenson and Susan Chase from our WPHS class). I was honored to be Sweetheart of Kappa Sigma fraternity at Sewanee: The University of the South. After college graduation, I obtained a job as a nurse at Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta. Grady Hospital was a large, inner-city hospital/trauma center and teaching hospital for Emory University School of Medicine. I loved my job--and loved Atlanta--a stunningly beautiful city! I came back to Winter Park, got a job, and in 1969 met and married my husband, Tracy Starcher. We have lived in several cities in the Southeast, including tiny St. Cloud, the community near Kissimmee. We have two children. Our married son Todd (no grandchildren yet) works as an Assets Allocation Analyst in the financial industry. Our daughter , Laura, formerly a student, is married to a PhD candidate at the University of Florida College of Pharmacy. Her husband aspires to be a pharmaceutical research scientist. His research work to complete the doctoral dissertation involves Alzheimer's disease. They have one toddler, a little daughter who is 1 1/2 years old, and expect a second child in late spring.

Future plans and goals: I hope to be able to retire some day---and learn quilting. Additionally, I would like to get back to oil painting which I so enjoyed years ago. And----I would like to raise roses!

Children of Nancy Ann Wrenn and Tracy Starcher
Todd Starcher
b. 1974 Tampa, FL
d. alive West Palm Beach, FL 2002
m. Julie Bucholtz
mother: Danish
Laura Starcher
b.1978 Tampa, FL
d. living in Gainsville, FL
m. Aaron C Hirko
works in Alzheimers, Asst. Prof of Sante Fe College, Gainesville, FL - Clinical Lab. Sci. faculty
(father:  Dr Hirko,  Univ of FL bio med. eng.)
two children:
      Ava Hirko       b. 2005
      Elliott Hirko   b. 2007


Ane Wrenn is still active and living on her own. 
"My mother is 93 now, and does well...She still drives, which is a worry, but she lives in a small
town.....She lives in a manufactured home community in DeLand, FL--about 40 miles from my home..
I wish I
lived closer, but she loves her home ...and her
beautiful garden.       [Nancy Starcher 5/26/08]

Simeon Wrenn Jr. has had a very active career starting with his education at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, N. C. He later graduated form Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton.  He and his wife Ann met attending college there.  He then went to Emroy University including two doctorates, one in Medicinal Chemistry. He received a post-doctoral degree at the Harvard Medical School where he was involved in the department of cardiology.  He has held various faculty appointments including Baylor University School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania  and adjunct professor in John Hopkins University.  He was worked in pharmaceutical research for Lederle Labs which developed Centrum Vitamins.  When the company was bought by American Home Products he lost his position and they moved to San Francisco.   He is currently working as a cancer pharmacologist for the Stehlin Foundation for Cancer Research in Houston, Texas.  The foundation web site states,"When asked why it was a good fit, Dr. Wrenn responded, 'I am a scientist by training, experienced in medical research. In addition, my business development background will be helpful as the Foundation proceeds with the drug commercialization process.'"  [Stehlin Foundation for Cancer Research web site - 5/27/08]


They have two grown children and a couple of grand-children.  [Nancy Ann Starcher email 6/06/08]

2014, Feb 18 - Ane Wrenn celebrates her 99th birthday with Nancy Ann Starcher and friend, Marcia.  

Nancy and Ane Wrenn      


Children of Sim Wrenn and Ann Zelinka
Kate Wrenn (f)
b. about 1974 CA
d. living in Germany
m. Derek Brown 2002 Vermont
2 Boys - Christopher and Carter
works for a Ger. pharmaceutical
Simeon Mayo Wrenn (m)
b. about 1976 CA
d. perhaps living in NC
m. 

2016, Oct 23 - Ann Christenson Wrenn dies in Winter Park, Florida at the age of 101. 

The funeral information pamplet states:
Ann Tomena (Christenson) Wrenn died at 10:20am on Sunday, 23 October 2016 at Orlando Regional Medical Center, Orlando, Florida.  She was 101 years old.  For several years she had lived at Westminster Towers Health Center, Orlando, moving there from her home at the Oaks in Deland, Florida.

Ann, born 18 Feb 1915 in Jonesboro, Texas, was the next to the yungest child of Peter L. Christenson and Cora Rohne.  She received her nursing degree from Providence Hospital School of Nursing in Waco, Texas and met her future husband, Dr. Simeon Mayo Wrenn while they were both working at the VA Hospital in Fayetteville, Arkansas;he was a surgeon and she was surgical nurse.

Ann loved her homes, especially 610 Palmer avenue, Winter Park, Florida where she lived most of her life.  She raised her family here and was very involved in the community.  She and Dr. Wrenn bought a lot on Lake Osceola and contracted builders from North Carolina to construct the home with aged bricks from old North Carolina kilns.  The home was a warm and inviting place for the family and fiends.  To escape the Florida heat they had a summer cabin built for the family in Candler, NC in the mountains near Asheville with a distant view of Mt. Pisgah.

Ann was a calm, happy and tranquil woman who lived her flowers and her gardens.  She enjoyed antiquing, refinishing furniture, needlepoint, oil painting, quilting sewing and was proficient in all of these skills.  She decorated with pale colors with an eye to Comfort and ease.  She wanted her visitors to feel perfectly at home. Her children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren will forever remember here as being devoted to each of the, taking sincere interest in all of their activities and talents.  She loved their visits and is remembered as cooking wonderful meals - particularly the roast beef dinners and the oatmeal raisin cookies. Ann's granddaughter, Katherine, remembers, "There are so many wonderful memories of Granny.  She was a beautiful woman who had this inner light.  This was evident in the sparkle in her eyes and smile that she always wore.  She was forever the gracious hostess, and always had special meals planned if we were in for a visit.  She always wore a smile."  There are special family memories of many summer and fall visits with her in her charming home in Hendersonville, NC.

She is profoundly missed by her children: Nancy Anne Starcher and Dr. Simeon M. Wrenn, Jr., both living in North Carolina; her grandchildren: Laura Wrenn Hirko of Florida and Todd Starcher of NC; Katherine Elliott Brown of Connecticut, Simeon M. Wrenn, III of NC; and her four great grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Ann C. Wrenn's name may be sent to The Rock Church, P. O Box 148, Crnfills Gap, TX 76637.




Sources:
       Florida Death Index, 1877-1998, Ancestry.com
       Florida Marriage Records, 1927-2001
       North Carolina, Birth Indexes, 1800-2000
       Starcher, Nancy Ann - correspondence and emails 2001-2008 - starcher_n@yahoo.com
        Stehlin Foundation for Cancer Research, Houston, Texas web site-  stehlin.org- 5/27/08
       WWI Selective Service Records

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