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Anita Lorene Allee, formerly of Versailles, MO, was born October 4, 1938, in rural Ralls County, MO. She was the daughter of W.H. and M. Lorene (Brown) Gatson. She departed this life August 23, 2021 at BJC Hospital, St. Peters, MO.
On April 18, 1957, she was united in marriage to Vincel Ray Allee. They were the parents of two daughters.
She professed salvation and joined Spencer Creek Baptist Church at a young age. She was a long-time member of Trinity Southern Baptist Church, Versailles, but recently she had been a member of Waypoint Church, St. Charles after moving to a retirement community near her daughters in 2019.
She was preceded in death by her husband, her parents, and one brother, Arnold Gatson.
She is survived by two daughters and their spouses, Vinita and Sam Henry of St. Charles, Diann and Tim Prescott of St. Louis; four granddaughters and one grandson, Amanda Henry of Hannibal, Emily Becker (Josh) of St. Charles and Elizabeth Voss (Nathanael) of St. Louis, Erik and Molly Prescott of St. Louis, and two sisters Carolyn McBride (Leo) and Evelyn Evans (Orlynn).
Anita attended a one-room school, Butler School in Ralls County and graduated from Vandalia High School in 1956. She graduated from the University of Missouri, Columbia with her bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and Home Economics in 1957. She taught special education and remedial reading in the Van-Far School District for one year, served as a substitute for many years for Morgan County R-II Schools after moving to Versailles in 1968, and authored numerous Christian novels. She was an active volunteer for 4-H, her church, the American Red Cross Blood Mobile, Morgan County Health Center Well-Child Clinic, the Morgan County Museum, and Hannibal-LaGrange University Trustees. More recently, she started a newsletter for Fairwinds Retirement Community and loved to participate in art, yoga and beanbag baseball. During 2020, she made approximately 2,000 masks which were distributed to churches, schools, her retirement community, friends, family and UMSL Eye Care.
Anita was an avid lover of animals. For a number of years, she raised puppies, horses, pheasants, and donkeys. She enjoyed animals, her family, Civil War topics, travel, crafts, painting, genealogy and church activities.
A celebration of her life will be held at Trinity Southern Baptist Church on September 11 at 11:00am with Bro. Chad Courter officiating. A visitation will precede the service at 10:00am. A private interment will be at Hopewell Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made in memory of Anita Allee to Trinity Southern Baptist Church, Versailles, MO 65084, or Hannibal-LaGrange University, 2800 Palmyra Dr., Hannibal, MO 63401.
Mark and Debbie Conyers says
Vinita and Diann, we are so sorry to hear about your precious Mother’s passing. She was an amazing woman and we remember our time with her and your dad very fondly! We’re also grateful she’s been reunited with Vinci and is with her Savior in Heaven!
Sue Kohler says
Vinita and Diann, I’m so sorry for your loss. Your mom was very talented and always a friendly face. Cherish the memories you have of her.
Trish Loven Payne says
Vinita and Diann, I’m so very sorry for your loss. Anita was a wonderful lady and always a joy to be around! She welcomed me 18 years ago when I moved to Versailles and was always encouraging to me. She made sure I was involved at Trinity and always had a kind word and smile. I will miss my friend!
Fran Allee Hart says
Although we had never met in person…Anitaand I shared the same name, “Allee”. After talking on the phone and sharing family history on FB we were both convinced we were related somewhere down the line. I will miss our chats Anita but I also know you are with our Lord and Savior…another thing we had in common ???????
Ann loganbill says
I am so sorry to hear about this, Vinita and Diann. I loved your mother. I have many memories of her in our county extension homemakers club years ago. She was an interesting and intelligent woman, and I enjoyed visiting with her and learned from her. Her love for history was insatiable. She was an encourager, and we shared our love for Jesus. I will miss her. My prayers are with you.
Marilyn Cook says
Such a fast and heartfelt loss of obviously a strong woman of faith and persistence and charming character, as she raised two daughters with the same, to which we’re grateful to know, our deepest condolences to your families and Anita’s friends.