Dimple McAnelly

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Dimple Ellis McAnelly departed this life on Friday morning, Feb. 28, 2014. She was 100 years old. She was lovingly known by her grandchildren as "Ah" or Mama Mac and by friends and students as Miss Dimple. She was even known as "Blossom" by one friend, reflecting her personality. She was born in Jacktown on July 6, 1913, the daughter of the late John Y. Brown and Katherine Ellis Brown. This date she shared with her two children, both being born on her birthday. Dimple was preceded in death by her husbands, Elmer Adams Sr. in 1936 and Rufus McAnelly in 1977; and a son, Elmer Adams Jr. in 2006. Dimple was a graduate of Cumberland College, then a two-year program. After the death of her husband, Elmer Sr., Dimple enrolled in Western Kentucky University with her young son Elmer in tow and obtained her teaching certification. She knew she needed an education to support herself and her young son. She eventually received her masters degree from Eastern Kentucky University with daughter Emily alongside. Dimple taught school at Spraggens (two-room school), Liberty High School, McDaniel School, Douglas Elementary, Auburndale in Louisville and Bradfordsville Elementary for approximately 35 years. She and her husband, Rufus, joined the Hickory Hills Country Club soon after its inception and enjoyed many rounds of golf there and all around the state of Kentucky and Florida. Up until her death, she enjoyed watching golf on TV and keeping up with the top players. She last played a round of golf on her 90th birthday. She also enjoyed watching UK basketball games, kept her mind sharp by playing Scrabble, Canasta and Rook, and working crossword puzzles. When one of her young students, Wallace Wilkinson, ran for governor of Kentucky, she campaigned for him across the state along with the late Lucille Stafford (Gov. Wilkinson's mother-in-law) and two other ladies known on the campaign trail as "The Golden Girls." In 1943, Dimple became a member of Atwood Chapel United Methodist Church and was a faithful member until her death. There, she taught Sunday school, often filled in playing the piano, organized the support of Missionaries Ron and Bonnie Gouge in South America, and any other jobs to be done. In 1999, Dimple was honored by the Casey County Alumni Association with her induction into their Hall of Fame. Loving survivors include a daughter, Emily (and Bill) Marvel of Liberty; a daughter-in-law, Janice Adams of Bardstown; three grandsons, Todd Adams and children Grant and Carly Adams, and Taylor Price of Campbellsville, Troy (and Jessica) Adams and children Bailey and Tanner, and Barry (and Tina) Thompson and children Tyler and Wesley of Bardstown.
Published in The Casey County News on Mar. 5, 2014