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Anna Belle (Webb) (Foote) Wignall was born 29 November 1914 to George Orie and Effie Lula (Bunney) Webb, the 3rd of 9 siblings, south of Orlando. She passed away Wednesday, July 1, 2015 at Green Valley Nursing Home in Perry, Oklahoma. The service will be 10am, Friday, July 3, 2015 at Brown-Dugger Funeral Home Chapel and burial will be at Morris Heights Cemetery, State Hwy 51, West of I-35 Highway, Rural Orlando, OK.
She attended 1st year at Grandview County School and 2nd year through 12th grade at Orlando Public School. She graduated in the spring of 1932 and two years of Bible Study at Tucumcari, New Mexico.
It was a hard time for the Webb family. The Depression was roaring across the nation. "We just grew up," Anna Belle says of her childhood. "There wasn't really anything else we could do with the Depression on." Depression times seemed to cast a pall on everything, and Effie Webb passed away only a few months prior to Anna Belle's graduation. "I had planned to go to college, you know, but I stayed home to take care of my family."
She stayed with her family until she married Wayne "Shorty" Foote in (1940), at the Orlando, Oklahoma Evangelical Church Parsonage, by Rev. Toburen and by him had two children, Gary Lynn Foote and Louetta Lee (Foote) Tidwell. When they were seven and six years old, respectively, the family moved to Joplin, Missouri.
Later, they moved on to Tucumcari. While there, Shorty was killed (1949) in a construction accident. Her husband was killed when our children were 6 and 7 years of age and with the Lord's help, and them being two good kids we got them through college. Anna Belle was once again solely responsible for the care of her family.
She took the state's exam to become a librarian, and began that job soon after. It was one she would hold for two decades-long enough to put her children through secondary and higher education. She even saw them married.
She was Librarian at the Tucumcari Public Library for 20 years before moving to Perry. I taught Sunday school all my adult life (60 plus years) 24 years at the First Baptist Church, Perry.
In the following years, Anna Belle met and married her second husband, Jerry Wignall. They were married 1964. Jerry passed away in 1966, he was the desk sergeant for the Police Department in Tucumcari, NM, and killed while on duty.
Anna Belle spent the following years working at the Tucumcari library, and learning how to paint china. Today, the china pieces plates, cups and a variety of miniatures, adorn the home of her family members. The detail is exquisite, and the colors vivid, much like the personality of the woman behind them.
She moved back to Oklahoma approximately 35 years ago. Today, she cites her family as one of her greatest joys, and they always showed up in force to celebrate any very special day, including the woman Anna Belle says she "couldn't have done without," her niece, Gloria cook.
When asked what factors have contributed to her longevity, Anna Belle replied, "It was probably because God wanted me to stay around and keep my brothers and sisters out of trouble. "I think I've done a pretty good job."
Anna Belle is survived by Daughter, Louetta Lee (Foote) Tidwell, Albuquerque, New Mexico; Daughter-in-law, Susie (James) Foote, Chico, California; Grandson, August Wayne Foote, California; Granddaughters, Dina Denise (Foote) Greenberg and husband Matthew, Napa, California; Courtney Denise (Foote) Spangler and husband Ryan, Chico, California; Great-Granddaughters, Cicily Lynn Greenberg, and Jordyn Spangler; Great-Grandsons, Jack Greenberg and Jacob Spangler; One Brother Thurman O. Webb and wife Jane, Corpus Christi, Texas; Two Sisters-in-law; Mrs. Willis (Betty) Webb, Ponca City and Mrs. Francis (Vallie) Webb and many, many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews'.
She was preceded in Death by Parents, First husband Shorty Foote, Second husband Jerry Wignall; Son, Gary Lynn Foote; Sisters, Lula Mae (Webb) Frederick and brother-in-law Clarence Frederick; and Vera Erna (Lee) (Webb) Hadden, One Brother-in-law, Jim Hadden; Brothers, W.O. (Jack) Webb and wife Gladys, Francis W. Webb, Lelan Webb and wife Imogee, Willis Webb, and infant Brother George Orie Jr.
In Lieu of flowers Memorial contributions may be made to the Charity of Choice.
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