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Anna Showalter

November 6, 2019


Anna (Ann) was born January 8, 1930, on a farm near Kokomo, IN., to Jacob and Lovina Helmuth Yoder, the youngest of seven children.  Ann died on November 6th at Presbyterian Manor in Newton, KS, following a short illness. She married Ray Showalter, February 20, 1953 in Kansas City, MO.  They had four children, Krista Kaufman (Robert), Karen Hildebrand (Steven), Carmen Patton (Andy), and Thomas (Jonna).  She was proceeded in the death by her husband, parents, siblings Sam Yoder, John Yoder, Clarence Yoder, Tillie Nauraine, and Elizabeth Yoder.  Survivors include her children and brother Aden Yoder, as well as 13 grandchildren and 26 great grandchildren.

Ann was raised in an Old Order Amish home where much value was placed on hard work as well as education.  Following 8th grade she started high school but soon dropped out to go to Florida for the winter with her parents. It was during this time that she was baptized and became a member of the Mennonite Church.  Eventually she found her way to Hesston Academy and completed her high school education.  Her educational journey continued with her acceptance into an X-ray technologist training program in Kansas City, MO.  Following her marriage and the beginnings of a family, Ray and Ann moved to Puerto Rico on assignment with Mennonite Board of Missions.  During this time their family expanded with the adoption of Carmen and Thomas.  Numerous moves occurred with the family eventually settling in Hesston, KS.  During Ann’s years in Hesston she worked as an X-ray technician as well as a variety of other jobs.

In 1978 Ann graduated from Bethel College in North Newton, KS with a degree in Social Work.  In 1982 she graduated from Bethany Theological Seminary in Oak Brook, IL.  Her involvement in ministry was varied. Ann served as a chaplain in a residential program for homeless women in downtown Chicago. She was assistant director of field education at Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminaries in Elkhart, IN.  Ann was a chaplain for the AIDS network in Chicago where she impacted many lives.  In 1992, Ann moved to Colorado where she served as interim pastor at First Mennonite Church in Denver.  Jerry Weaver was soon appointed lead pastor and Ann was asked to continue as the associate pastor.  Ann served the church in Denver until her retirement in 1996.  After retirement she served as interim pastor for three congregations as well as provided spiritual direction to individuals.  Ann was a current member at New Creation Fellowship Church in Newton, KS.

Visitation for Ann will be at Petersen Funeral Home in Newton, KS on November 11, 2019 from 3:00 – 7:00 pm.  Memorial service will be held at Shalom Mennonite Church in Newton, KS on November 12 at 11:00 am., with Pastor Derick Ramer presiding.   In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Mennonite Central Committee or New Creation Fellowship Church, and may be sent in care of Petersen Funeral Home.

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3 thoughts on “Anna Showalter

  1. Ann was a wonderful counselor and friend to me when she was in Denver. She truly had a beautiful spirit.

  2. Ann was just one of those really special persons who we will never forget. She affected our lives in deep and meaningful ways. We were fortunate to see her a year ago when we were in Kansas and stopped to spend some time with her. She was a beautiful, loving and nurturing spirit who gave so much to so many.

  3. Ann was a beautiful and caring person and was so present for us when we were navigating life after the loss of our son many years ago. I so appreciated her manner, kindness and laughter. She has a special place in our hearts.

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