Anne Marie Lord, age 92, passed away Friday May 11, 2018 at Tri-Valley Manor, Cambridge NE with her family at her side.
She was born October 23, 1925 to Chris and Emily (Esser) Gehlbach in Canon City CO, graduating from Canon City High School (Class of 1943). Upon graduation, and for the next 5 years, she became a most highly-valued teller at her local bank.
On Labor Day September 6, 1948 she married Clifton “Cliff” Lord in Colorado Springs CO. They enjoyed raising their 3 children in Indianola NE, where Cliff joined his dad in Lord’s Hardware & Furniture, thus making him the 3rd generation of the family-owned business. Later, Anne accepted the position of Bookkeeper, retiring after 40 years. This lead to a transition of their son Tim now being the 4th generation in the 136-year history (1882).
She was a member of St Catherine’s Catholic Church and Altar Society. Together with Cliff, she directed the Children’s Choir for 25 years. She was very active for several years in the Lincoln Diocesan Council of Catholic Women (LDCCW), having served on both the Board of the Lincoln Deanery and that of the Indianola Deanery. She was a member of the Indianola Women’s Club and enjoyed directing many plays throughout the years. She belonged to American Legion Auxiliary, VFW Auxiliary, U-Go-I-Go Pinochle Club, and Guys-N-Gals card club. She also loved to travel, and over the years made a multitude of friends wherever she went.
Her love of God and dedication to her faith and family was more than words can say. Her face lit up whenever she would see her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. She especially loved playing dominos and “Old Maid” with all of them – it was so funny to see her try to keep from smiling when she passed that card to someone else. Later in life, she was a lady who loved her Bingo and Yahtzee - didn’t like to lose, but that wasn’t a problem because she won most of the time! Her smile was contagious - it reflected all the kindness and caring that she held within her heart – the most loving person you would ever want to meet.
Anne was preceded in death by her parents, husband Cliff, and son-in-law Allan Winings.
She is survived by two daughters, Connie (Will) McKay of Liberty MO and Corinne Winings of O’Neill NE, one son, Tim (Kathy) Lord of Indianola NE; granddaughters Lisa (Lance) Shifflet and Kimberly (Austin) Minard, grandsons Michael Lord and Jeff (Cris) Winings; step-grandchildren David (Virginia) McKay, Lynne Helstrom, Laura (Jim) Conniff; great-grandsons Ty & Tyson Winings, great-granddaughter Annsley Shifflet; six step-great-grandchildren; and numerous additional relatives and friends.
Mass of Christian Burial will be at St Catherine’s Catholic Church in Indianola NE at 10:30 am May 16, 2018 with Celebrants Rev Greg Pawloski. Burial will follow in St Catherine’s Cemetery in Indianola.
Visitation will be 2:00-6:00 pm May 15, 2018 at Carpenter Breland Funeral Home. Rosary to follow at 7:00 pm at Carpenter Breland. Memorials may be given in Anne’s name.