Anna Showalter

Newton, Kansas

1930 - 2019


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Anna (Ann) Showalter was born Jan. 8, 1930, on a farm near Kokomo, Indiana, to Jacob and Lovina Helmuth Yoder, the youngest of seven children. Ann died on Wednesday (Nov. 6, 2019) at Presbyterian Manor in Newton, following a short illness.She married Ray Showalter Feb. 20, 1953, in Kansas City,...

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I learned to know Ann when she asked for help making sure her writings (for her book "Touched by Grace") were properly organized and backed up on the computer. I am glad to have had the time with her.

Krista and Robert, Carmen, Karen, Thomas - each loved one, in all your different paths - Ann opened her home and heart to me in weekly silent prayer through the first decade of this century (where we held not just our nation's warring citizens, but also loved ones' journeys), and to our family through small group before that, when she was the woman who wouldn't slow down! She shaped my children's knowledge of the world: John now pastoring Germantown Mennonite extended the condolences of his...

My memories of Ann go back to the mid-1960s when she and her family were part of Portland Mennonite Church (Oregon), where I also worshiped. Later we worked alongside each other at AMBS, a Mennonite seminary in Elkhart, Indiana. I deeply appreciated her warm, wise presence and admired the courage with which she faced the challenges and opportunities of her life. Now may she rest in God's eternal light!

Our thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family. Losing your mother is very difficult and I'm certain you all have wonderful memories to help. God bless.
Jimetta (Dreier) Wiebe

I'm very thankful to have known Ann. What a blessing she wasto me, to all who loved her. I knew her in my time as chaplain at Schowalter Villa, mostly through her attentive care for Virginia Showalter. Prayers and love for her family and dear ones as you mourn her death. She will be missed and always remembered.