Ann T. McNellis


Posted: Monday, January 23, 2006


  Ann. T. McNellis

Ann. T. McNellis

Anchor Point resident Ann T. McNellis died Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2006, at South Peninsula Hospital Long Term Care in Homer. She was 83.

A viewing was held from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 20, at the Homer Funeral Home. A rosary was recited at 6 p.m. by Sister Carol Ann Aldrich. A Mass of Christian burial will be held at Holy Cross Parish in Kansas City, Mo. Father Milton Alvarez will celebrate the Mass. She will be buried next to her husband in Mt. Olivet Cemetery in Kansas City, Mo. A memorial mass will be held in Homer along with a potluck to celebrate her life at the Anchor River Inn at Anchor Point at a later date .

Mrs. McNellis was born Dec. 31, 1922, in Albany, N.Y. She was the second child born to Matthew E. Kelly and Ann Ryan. She grew up attended school at St. John’s Academy and graduated high school in Rensalear, N.Y. After graduation, she worked for Wintrop-Stern Laboratories. During World War II, she met the love of her life, James T. McNellis. They were married Oct. 29, 1945, at St. Joseph’s Parish in Rensalear. They had three children. In the early 1950s, the family moved to Kansas City, Mo., Mr. McNellis’ home town, where she was a homemaker. She was active in her church and the school.

In 1976, she left Kansas City for Poplar Bluff, Mo., with her daughter and family. In 1985, she moved to Anchor Point and helped her late son-in-law, Geroge C. McAnelly, MD, with the lab. She also opened up nights and weekends for emergencies.

Mrs. McNellis was a member of St. John’s Catholic Church in Homer, Anchor Point Senior Citizens, where she was Senior Citizen of the Year in 1991, Anchor Point Chamber of Commerce and an honorary member Xi Upsilon chapter of the Beta Sigma Phi International. She also was one of the founding ladies of Anchor Point Helping Hand.

She enjoyed reading, her church, family and community.

“She chaperoned many football games and other youth events for her children. She found great joy in the accomplishments of her children, and was overjoyed when the grandchildren came along. She became Grandma Ann to many in the community, helping many of the youngsters complete their community service hours.

“Her life was embodied with the gifts of giving herself to others. Even during the last weeks of her life, she worried about her two youngest great-grandchildren and her first great-great grandson. To all of us she reminded, ‘Take care of the babies,’” her family said.

Mrs. McNellis was preceded in death by her husband, parents, brother, Matthew E. Kelly Jr., and a sister, Theresa Kelly.

She is survived by her sisters, Mary M. Glenning of Albany and Elizabeth Scafidi of Loudonville, N.Y.; daughters, Mary T. McAnelly of Anchor Point and Ann Waltrip of Safford, Ariz.; son, James P. McNellis of Des Moines, Iowa; grandchildren, James E. Waltrip and wife, Yolanda of Duncan, Ariz., Bill R. Waltrip and wife, Helen, of Tucson, Ariz., Patricia A. Waltrip of Safford, James P. McAnelly and wife, Tahlah, of Anchor Point, Elizabeth K. Wagner of Portland, Ore., George C. McAnelly III of Anchor Point, James M. McNellis of Afghanistan and Margaret A. McNellis of Columbus, Ohio; great-grandchildren, Ashley Lujan of Safford, Natasha Martinez of Tucson, Joshua P. Waltrip of Tucson, Andrew, Jordan and Nicholas Saiz of Duncan, Derek and Zachary Ryan Waltrip of Duncan, Zachary Orion Wagner of Portland, Aidan James McNellis of Columbus, and Kaytlin Ann McAnelly of Anchor Point; great-great-grandchild, Nathanael Joseph Henderson of Tucson; four brothers-in-law; five sisters-in-law, and 30 nieces and nephews and their children.

Arrangements were made by Homer Funeral Home.

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