Anna Millicent (Noel) Meyer, 97, of Ellinwood, Kansas, passed away peacefully on January 31, 2018. Born October 10, 1920 to Karl F. and Lydia E. Naffziger Noel, Millicent grew up on the Noel family farm near Bronaugh, in southwest Missouri; the second of three daughters with one younger brother.
Graduating valedictorian from Bronaugh High School in 1938, Millicent was a forward on the basketball team and had close friends that she stayed in touch with in later years. Following high school, she worked for TWA Airlines in Kansas City. In 1939 Millicent entered Southwest Missouri State College at Springfield, in her second semester transferring to Kansas State Teachers College at Pittsburg, Kansas. Attending college in summers, Millicent taught in one room, rural schools in Vernon County, Missouri. While at Kansas State Teachers College she accepted a position to teach at Washington School in Great Bend, KS. She later completed her degree in 1965 at Sterling College, Sterling KS. On October 1946 Millicent met the love of her life, George Albert Meyer at the roller skating rink in Great Bend, KS. They got married on June 24, 1947 at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Pittsburg, KS, they made their home in Ellinwood. There they were lifelong members of St. John’s Lutheran Church. When their five children had all entered school, Millicent taught at Wheatland School, a rural school south of Ellinwood; later teaching at Ellinwood Elementary School and retiring in 1985. After retirement she tutored students in her home. She took a special interest in all her students and was proud of their accomplishments. Numerous students helped with her care during the last few years; she especially enjoyed visiting with them. Millicent was a member of LWML, Retired Teachers of Barton County and enjoyed the monthly Ellinwood retired teacher luncheons until unable to attend.
Millicent was predeceased by her husband, George A Meyer who passed away April 11, 2010, her parents Karl F and Lydia E Noel, her sister Geraldine (Noel) Roggensees, her son-in-law Rick L. DeTour, and a nephew Karl Edward Range. She is survived by her five children Madeline (Frank) Gabriel, San Diego, CA, Elaine (Pete) DeTour-Spronken, Tucson, AZ, Natalie (Kenny) Windholz, Gorham, KS, Edward (Barbara) Meyer, Wichita, KS and Richard (Nicolette) Meyer, Wichita, KS. Also survived by her sister Marjorie Range, Nevada, MO and her brother Norman (Rosemary) Noel, Bronaugh, MO, 11 grandchildren, 11 great grandchildren and many beloved nieces and nephews.
The family extends their gratitude to the Ellinwood Hospital, clinic doctors, nurses and staff for their loving care of their mother over the last seven years. We are also thankful to Pastor Tom and Davis and all her friends that continued to stop by and visit with her over the years. She is now at peace and with her beloved George and family in heaven
Memorials may be made to St. John’s Lutheran Church (Ellinwood), Ellinwood District Hospital, Ellinwood Public Education and Library Foundation, St. John’s Lutheran cemetery in Tampa, KS or St John’s Lutheran Church in Tampa, KS.
Visitation is at Minnis Chapel Friday, February 2nd from 3 – 6:00 PM. There will be a celebration of life at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Ellinwood at 10:30 am with Rev. Clarke Davis officiating. There will be a light lunch to follow at the Church. Interment will be held that afternoon at 3:00 PM at St. John’s Lutheran cemetery 3 ½ miles north of Tampa KS.