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“Ann was such an asset to South Lake County. I met her and George when I bought radio station WWFL in 1983 and became a business competitor to the...Read More »
1 of 11 | Posted by: Kenneth Peach - Orlando, FL

“Ann is without a doubt the best friend I have ever had. She can not be replaced in my life, and will always be cherished. ”
2 of 11 | Posted by: Terry Dykehouse - Clermont, FL

“A life well lived, with class and a certain flair. . Rest In Peace, Cousin Ann. Prayers to her family & friends. She has left us with many memories. ”
3 of 11 | Posted by: Margaret Conway - RI - Family

“I will miss your spunkiness and whimsical flower you always had in your hair. You did wonderful things for the city of Clermont. RIP Miss Ann. ”
4 of 11 | Posted by: Lori Rafter - Clermont, FL

“Cousin Ann was not only the life of the party, but an intelligent, independent woman who was a role model for me. Her spirit was indefatigable and I...Read More »
5 of 11 | Posted by: Jan Conway - Alexandria, VA

“Miss Ann was Miss Lake County to me. Everyone knew & respected her. Much to my surprise, every time she saw me, Ann remembered my name. We knew each...Read More »
6 of 11 | Posted by: sheryl needle cohn - clermont, FL

“Ann I will miss you so much. You always supported me during my years in Economic development with the METRO ORLANDO EDC. We became good friends and...Read More »
7 of 11 | Posted by: Pat Werner-Matson - Clermont, FL

“Ann, you are the ambassador to Clermont! To me and my Family, you were our sweet Ann. We love you and will miss you dearly!!! ”
8 of 11 | Posted by: Irv and Sandie Stacy - Clermont, FL

“Ann was truly an example to everyone of how to welcome newcomers to Clermont with her smile and information to get people involved. One of best...Read More »
9 of 11 | Posted by: Cindy Perry - Clermont, FL

“"Sometimes, when one person is absent, the whole world seems depopulated." -Allphonse de LamartineAnn Dupee was someone I considered to be like a...Read More »
10 of 11 | Posted by: Samara Krotky - Clermont, FL

“I will miss seeing you around Clermont. All the long talks over a drink or three will be missed by me. I wish your family and multiples of friends...Read More »
11 of 11 | Posted by: Wayne Harris - Clermont, FL


Eleanor Ann Dupee, 82, was born in Kearney, Nebraska and grew up in Ellensburg, Washington. She was a former Clermont City Council member and a well-known and respected community activist, inducted into four Halls of Fame in Lake County. She died peacefully at South Lake Hospital on November 6.

Ann majored in journalism in college and was involved in broadcast in Los Angeles before her ground-breaking role as a public-relations point person for the Ice Capades. She traveled the country getting advance publicity for the popular ice-skating show.

She married George Dupee, an advertising executive with the Wall Street Journal, and lived in Long Island, New York, before the couple moved to Clermont in late 1967. They purchased the South Lake Press and were active members of the south Lake County community. After her husband's death in 1987, Ann served as editor and publisher for 25 years before the paper was purchased. It is currently owned by the Daily Commercial. She continued to write a weekly column, "Remember When," until her death.

Ann served as a Clermont City Council for several terms and also as the chair of the South Lake Chamber of Commerce. She served on several Chamber committees, including the Ambassadors, the public policy and education committees and started the Chamber's Gem of the Hills Award honoring outstanding individuals and organizations. She was named the Chamber's Citizen of the Year.
During her time working with the Chamber, Ann was involved in many of the major changes in Clermont including the widening of Highway 50, the expansion of South Lake Hospital and National Training Center and the land purchase that included the library in addition to the South Lake campuses of Lake-Sumter State College and the University of Central Florida.

Ann was involved in a number of civic clubs and was the first woman who joined the Kiwanis Club in Clermont. She helped start the Kiwanis Club of South Lake, chairing many of their charitable events, including her favorite, the Christmas party for children in Head Start. She was the chair for more than 20 years and was gathering gifts before her death. She was a loyal member of the Beta Theta sorority.

Other service organizations included Hospice of Lake & Sumter, East Central Florida Regional Planning Council, South Lake Historical Society, Lake County League of Cities, Florida League of Cities, Lake County Industrial Development Authority and Lake County Sports and Tourism Committee.

Ann enjoyed playing golf at Green Valley Country Club and was an avid reader. She was a longtime member of the Cooper Memorial Library Association Board and a member of Friends of Cooper Memorial Library.

Ann was a faithful member of St. Matthias Episcopal Church in Clermont and served as a lay Eucharistic minister.

Her council service, community service and philanthropic initiatives made her a legend in Lake County, where she was inducted into four Halls of Fame: Lake County Women's Hall of Fame, Lake-Sumter State College Hall of Fame, Lake County Business Hall of Fame and Leadership Lake Hall of Fame.
Ann was fiercely loyal to her friends and family and was known for her trademark hat or flower in her hair and her multi-colored nail polish. She loved to dance and hosted her own 80th birthday party with more than 500 people in attendance.

When asked how she was feeling, she would smile and say, "Every day is a gift."

Ann once told a reporter that it was her father who taught her the value of getting involved.

"My dad always said there are three Cs – church, community and chamber," Ann said.

Ann is survived by her brother John Killian and his wife Deanna from Washington state; their children Dave Killian, Julie Killian Hannan and Annie Killian Nelson, in addition to seven great nieces and three great nephews.

The family asks that in lieu of flowers that donations be made to the Kiwanis Club of South Lake for their Head Start programs or the South Lake Animal League.