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Anne Lucille (Meyer) Will, 78, beloved daughter, mother, grand-mother and friend, passed away Tuesday, October 12th, 2021, at St. Luke’s Hospice House, with her family by her side.
Anne, the oldest of four children, was born March 29th, 1943, in Steele City, NE to Orvel and Lucille Meyer. She was raised on the family farm in Palmer, Kansas and graduated from Linn Rural High School, Linn, KS in 1961. Anne received her Bachelor of Science in Modern Language from Emporia State University in 1965. While attending college, Anne volunteered for youth services at Messiah Lutheran Church, where she met her husband Donald Will of Herrington, Kansas, whom she later divorced in 1986. Aside from being a mother, Anne wore many hats during her full life, she was a librarian at Wyandotte High School, she worked as a bookkeeper for Coca Cola, she sold Avon and Tupperware, she was a Cub Scout den mother, a Blue Bird leader and an avid supporter of local youth sport teams. She was the owner of two restaurants, a catering business, catering to some of Kansas Cities elite and published her own cookbook. In her later years, she embraced her crafty and artist side, as she was always looking for that next creative project and artist outlet. Anne was an accomplished water-color artist, an avid quilter and seamstress who loved to share her art and craft creations, with all she knew.
Anne enjoyed gardening, being outdoors, time spent with family and friends, sharing in good food, good conversation, lots of laughter sometimes brought on by her unpredictable sense of humor and the occasional afternoon beverage of choice. She was a thoughtful soul, she enjoyed helping people, she was a good listener, though she could your biggest critic and yet your biggest cheerleader, always a true hostess and friend. Out of all of Anne’s loves and accomplishments during her life, her one true love and favorite hat was being called grandma.
Anne was preceded in death by her father, Orvel Meyer, her mother, Lucille Meyer, and her sister, Dorothy Gerhart. She leaves behind to cherish her memory, two children – her son David (Kristin) Will of Kansas City, MO, her daughter Kristen Will (George Showalter) of Kansas City, KS, five grandchildren – Andrew Shepherd, Alex Chaffin, Alyssa Prince, Daniel Will and Edith Showalter, one sister Jean (Ron) Barta of Evergreen, CO and a brother Dr. Warren (Nanci) Meyer of Eagle, CO, her brother-in-law, Ed Gerhart, many other relatives, a lifetime of friends, her grand dogs, Shelby and Tucker and her calico companion, Muriel.
Visitation will be held from 2 to 3 p.m. on Saturday, November 6th, immediately followed by her celebration of life service from 3 to 4 p.m. at Heartland Cremation & Burial Society Chapel. To view the service live, click HERE. Her ashes will be spread in a private family service on Sunday, November 7th, at the family farm in Palmer, Kansas.
In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorial donations be made to Harvesters, the Metro Lutheran Ministry or the charity of your choice. To leave a special message for the family online, please visit www.heartlandcremation.com
Arr.: Heartland Cremation & Burial Society Chapel, 6113 Blue Ridge Blvd, Raytown, MO. 64133 (816) 313-1677.
Osterkamp Rita says
I’m so sorry to hear about Anne. My sympathy to the Will Family. ???
Rachel Kullman says
Although I was not able to see her in recent years, I will forever have many fond memories of Aunt Anne. How could anyone forget her cooking and baking!? She was the first person to show me that you can actually make biscotti and not just buy it. She was the only person who gave me something old (an antique flour sifter) for a wedding present, which I love! And she so thoughtful made me and my two daughters matching aprons, which will be forever keepsakes. How thoughtful, special and generous all these gestures were. We will miss you Anne and will never forget you! Love – Your Niece, Rachel.
Melinda Waldron says
To add to Rachel’s mention of the biscotti: I remember when Anne had us guess the mystery ingredient and it was black pepper! She was always so creative. I have always kept one of her paintings on my desk to enjoy every day. One of our favorite memories is when our daughter, Molly, was only a few weeks old and Anne and David came to visit us in Fort Collins. Molly was very colicky and jaundiced and Anne sat and held her for a nap—Anne had the perfect calming touch that Molly needed for some rest. We will all miss Anne very much. Love, Melinda (and Jason, Molly, and Taylor)
Tom Chaffin says
Anne was responsible for me becoming a father. He daughter Kristen chose my wife and I to adopt the baby she was carrying. Alex was born nearly 30 years ago and I am so thankful to have been given this chance to be a dad. Thanks to Anne and Kristen.