Anna Jean Dockey Wanamaker, wife of Ralph Wanamaker, of Cape Girardeau, Mo., died Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2017. She was 74 years old.
Anna was born in Shamokin, Pa., March 25, 1942, the daughter of Elizabeth and Selon F. Dockey. Anna moved with her family to New Oxford, Pa., when she was in elementary school. Anna graduated from New Oxford High School in 1960. She received her teaching degree in 1964 from Millersville State Teachers College, now Millersville University in Millersville, Pa.
Anna became the first primary special education teacher in Adams County, Pennsylvania, teaching at the Eisenhower Elementary School in Gettysburg, Pa.
After five years of teaching, Anna married her husband, Ralph, on Flag Day 1969, in New Oxford.
In a packed 1967 red Rambler American station wagon, she and Ralph headed west, with a stop along the way in Niagra Falls in New York. They traveled across Canada to Alberta, then ventured into Montana at Sweet Grass on their way to Missoula where they set up house. Anna worked as an Avon saleswoman, a Head Start teacher, and an AAA travel agent in the Missoula office.
When they moved to Livingston, Montana, Anna worked as a preschool teacher. Anna also worked as an adult special education teacher at night in Dickinson, North Dakota, and did some substitute teaching there.
Anna enjoyed photography. In Livingston, she had a photo of a signer of the new Montana Constitution that was carried in the local paper and on The Associated Press throughout the state. Her photos of an eagle in a tree on Lake Coeur d’Alene in Idaho and the scenic Grand Canyon of Yellowstone hang in her house. She also has various photos of her flowers and other subjects hanging in our house.
After a move to Spokane, Wa., she began her career with the JCPenney Co., starting as a salesclerk. Her career with JCPenney continued as she moved to Mankato, Minn., Carbondale, Il., Conway, Ark., and then Cape Girardeau in 1995. She retired from JCPenney after 25 years with the company in 2008.
Once retired, Anna and her husband have continued to have adventures such as going on an Alaskan cruise for their fortieth wedding anniversary, taking two months to revisit where they had lived in the West, and more recently celebrated their 45th wedding anniversary with a hot-air balloon ride over Nixa, Mo.
Anna was an active member of the New McKenree Methodist Church in Jackson. Her heart for service was demonstrated through her work delivering the elements of communion for church members in nursing homes. Anna was a member of several Bible classes, the Roundtable Sunday School Class, and for several years was a member of the church choir.
Besides her husband, survivors include daughter, Joy (Victor) Wallace of Atlanta, and sons, Shane (Anna) and Scot (Amy) Wanamaker, both of Conway; granddaughters, Brooke and Annie Gray Wanamaker, and grandsons, Robbie, Jonah and William Wallace and Luke, Reed, Jack, Nathan and Eli Wanamaker.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to New McKendree Methodist Church, the Roundtable Sunday School Class, or the Jackson Ministerial Alliance Food Pantry.
A service celebrating Anna’s life will be held Friday, January 20th at 11 a.m. at the New McKendree Celebration Center, 1770 S. Hope Street, Jackson, MO 63755.
McCombs Funeral Home and Cremation Center in Jackson is in charge of arrangements.