Annette A. Menhennett

Annette A. Menhennett, Farmer & Philanthropist Annette A. Menhennett, 86, who owned a sheep farm in Chester County and was involved in charitable work in Africa, died Friday, November 30, 2012, at home. Mrs. Menhennett was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota and raised in Marshal, Minnesota. After graduating from the University of Minnesota she moved to West Chester where she worked for the Girl Scouts. She continued her education at the Drexel Graduate School of Library Science. She met her future husband, Warn G. Menhennett, on a blind date where they discovered they shared the same birthday. They married in 1956 and lived in West Chester for a number of years. In the early 1960's they lived in India for 2 years where Mr. Menhennett's engineering position with Wyeth had taken them. Mrs. Menhennett had an interest in developing libraries and was appointed by Governor Lawrence to the Governor's Advisory Council on Library Development. For a time, she was President of Pennsylvania Library Association, Trustees Division and she was a member of the Executive Committee and Board of Directors of the Pennsylvania Library Association. She was also a member of the American Library Association. From 1965 to 1971 she was on the Chester County Library Board of Trustees. Throughout her life, Mrs. Menhennett had an interest in politics. She worked as Precinct Committee Woman for West Fallowfield Township and was a member of the Executive Committee of the Chester County Democratic Party. She was a past President of the League of Women Voters. In 1965 Mr. and Mrs. Menhennett purchased land in Southern Chester County where they built a home and a working sheep farm. Work on the farm was driven by Mrs. Menhennett's love of nature and the outdoors. The farm had over 100 ewes and was her full time occupation. Mrs. Menhennett was a West Fallowfield Township Supervisor for a number of years. She worked to preserve farm land and open space throughout the township and Pennsylvania. Mrs. Menhennett enjoyed a wide range of activities. She raised hunting Beagles and Border Collies. She enjoyed cheese making, tennis, painting, playing the piano and organ, hunting and writing. Mrs. Menhennett's largest philanthropic work was in Africa. Always interested in the rights of women, Mrs. Menhennett traveled to Ghana in the late 1990's to support a project opposing mutilation of women. During a second trip, she traveled to the Ivory Coast where she met Naomi SIE and helped fund her women's clinic, Coeur de Femmes. On a third trip, Mrs. Menhennett worked in the Ivory Coast to translate the Bible into tribal languages. She is survived by her niece and nephew and their families. A Memorial Service will be held 12:00 Noon, Tuesday, December 11 at The Church of the Open Door, 210 South Broad Street, Kennett Square, PA 19348 (610-444-2400). Friends are invited to a luncheon at the church after the service. Burial will be private. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to "The Field Service Fund", Penn Vet New Bolton Center, 382 West Street Road, Kennett Square, PA 19348 (610-925-6180) Online condolences may be made by visiting www.

Published in The Daily Local on Dec. 7, 2012