Ann VanMeter Waldorf Stapleton of Marshall, died Wednesday, February 21, 2007, at Fitzgibbon Hospital.
Services will be held on Saturday, February 24, 2007, at the First United Methodist Church in Marshall with a visitation from 12:30 to 2:00 p.m. followed by a Celebration of her life at 2:00 p.m. Rev. Dave Huck will officiate. A brief graveside service will follow at Ridge Park Cemetery in Marshall. Memorial contributions may be made to Fitzgibbon Hospital Community Cancer Center Capital Campaign c/o Campbell-Lewis Funeral home or mailed directly to the campaign office at 261 W. Washington, Marshall, Mo. 65340. Online condolences may be sent to www.campbell-lewis.com
Ann was born in Marshall on August 28, 1940, to the late John and Virginia (VanMeter) Waldorf. She attended Eastwood Elementary School, Marshall High School and then received a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia. While attending Marshall High School, she was the first student to achieve a "letter" in all five fields: scholarship, leadership, music, athletics and service which she did both her junior and senior years. Her passion for all of these areas continued throughout her life.
She is survived by her husband George (Clay) of Marshall; her daughter's family, Susan Wilson, her husband Rob and Sonya Lawrence of Bosworth; her daughter's family, Jan Stapleton, Mike Page, Ryan and Patrick Guthrie and Matalin Page of Marshall; her son, Van Stapleton and his wife Stephanie, Nate, Emma and Sam of Clarendon Hills, IL.
In 1995 Ann became a Certified Modern Doll Artist and then started AC Dolls, Etc., a full-line teaching doll shop, in the basement of their home. As a devoted wife to Clay, she supported his positions as a Coach and Athletic Director at numerous universities including Iowa State, Florida State and Vanderbilt. She was involved in numerous lifelong philanthropic efforts including the Fitzgibbon Hospital Auxiliary since 1980, Monday Club, Marshall Chapter of DAR, Chapter JS of PEO, Kappa Kappa Gamma Sorority and the First United Methodist Church. Most recently, she has been instrumental in the continued growth and support of the Fitzgibbon Hospital Community Cancer Center through her own struggle with cancer and hours of assistance in increasing awareness regarding the needs for local cancer treatment services needed for the Marshall community.
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