Anna Lois Morrison Kimmel, 74, of 200 Woodrock Drive, Grayson, passed away Friday, Jan. 20, 2017, at her residence.
Anna was born June 5, 1942, at Stovall Hospital in Grayson. She was the daughter of the late Leonard Hermond Morrison, Sr. and Etta Madge Waggoner Morrison.
Besides her parents she was predeceased by her loving husband of 49 years, Larry Clay Kimmel, Sr., whom she married Dec. 31, 1960. Larry died July 22, 2009.
Following in death were a son, Vincent Ray Kimmel, a daughter, Lois Anita Kimmel and a still born great granddaughter, Kylee Sexton. She was also predeceased by four brothers, Leonard Hermond Morrison, Jr., Robert Morrison, Arlen Morrison (baby) and George Morrison, and three sisters, Colleen Kiser, Ida Snyder, and Etta Caren Morrison, two nephews and one niece.
Ann is survived by two sons, Larry Clay Kimmel, Jr (Joanna), Anthony David Kimmel (Allison), of Grayson and one daughter, Jo Ann Stevens (Timmy) of West Liberty; three sisters, Pauline (Bonnie) Strickland, Fairfax, VA; Patricia Anderson, Annandale, VA; and Marguerite Barker of Morehead. Ann was blessed with 14 grandchildren and 31 great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. Her extended family included many friends and especially friends from her church, Fellowship Christian Baptist Church in Hitchins.
Ann graduated from Rowan County High School Class of 1960 in Morehead and shortly after graduation left to work in Cincinnati at Our Lady of Mercy Hospital as a ward clerk. She loved working in the medical field and had a special love for elderly people. When she and Larry made their home in Dayton, OH, she attended Sinclair Community College to further her nursing career. She became a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) and worked as a floor nurse at Montgomery County Nursing Home in Ohio; Director of Nurses at Mary Haven Nursing Home in Dayton, OH; and Supervisor of Nurses at Heartland Nursing Home in Chesapeake, OH, from which she retired from nursing.
Although not blessed with good health from her youth when she was stricken with Polio in the early 1950's, she was not one to sit and bemoan her problems. Her motto was "Don't let your can'ts keep you from doing what you can!" She began teaching piano lessons and would only teach those who wanted to play the piano in church. Instead of pay, she asked them to donate to the church.
She was known for her intelligence, wit, benevolence and encouragement but she was also tough when the situation called for it. She was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and friend.
Visitation will be at Fellowship Christian Baptist Church located on Rt. 1444 in Hitchins Sunday, Jan. 29, 2017, from 11 a.m. - 12 noon with memorial services immediately following with the Rev. Brian Whitt officiating. Inurnment will be at East Carter Memorial Gardens.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to Fellowship Christian Baptist Church, 1100 State Hwy. 1444, Grayson, KY 41143.
Published on January 24, 2017