OBITUARY

George "Ann" Hunter

October 24, 1940November 24, 2018
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George Ann Hunter, 78, of Amarillo passed away on November 24th 2018.

The family will receive guests at Griggs Schooler Gordon Funeral Directors, 5400 Bell, on Friday, November 30 from 6 pm to 8 pm. Funeral services will be held at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints – Palo Duro Ward, 5401 Bell Street, on Saturday, December 1 at 2 pm.

Ann was born to George R. McDonald and Opal Northern McDonald on October 24th 1940 in Amarillo, Texas. Ann married the love of her life, Richard Lynn Hunter, on August 15th, 1959. Ann was a loving wife, mother, Sister, Aunt, Grandmother and Great-Grandmother. Ann loved to garden, fish, cook, bake, paint, sew; but most of all loved her family. Ann never knew a stranger and always had kind words for everyone. Ann graduated from Amarillo High School in 1959 and later that year married Richard Hunter. Ann was employed at the Amarillo Globe News until James Bradley was born in 1961 after which she became a full time home maker then had daughter Kimberly in 1963. Richard and Ann moved to Dallas Texas in 1972 and lived there until returning to Amarillo to care for elderly parents in 2006. Ann became a member of the LDS church in 1978 and was called to be a counselor in the Relief Society Presidency. Ann also had many other callings as well through the years.

Ann is preceded in death by parents George R. and Opal McDonald and Brother Leslie Paul. Those left to cherish her memory are her loving and devoted husband, Richard L. Hunter, loving son James Bradley Hunter and wife Margaret-Mary Hunter of Nassau Bay Texas, daughter Kimberly Jo Rumping of Reno Nevada, sister Lynn Kuyava of Amarillo Texas , brothers Charles McDonald of Walters, OK. and Tom McDonald of Lubbock, Texas; 6 Grand-Children, Stacy Cooper of Wills Point, Texas, Rickey Carroll of Grand Rapids, OH, William Hunter of The Woodlands, Texas, Charlotte Hutcheson of Princeton, Texas, Katy Moses of League City, Texas and Cody Brown of Wills Point, Texas; 11 Great Grandchildren , Shaina Coker of Surprise, AZ, Noah Pellerano of The Woodlands, Texas, Jude Pellerano of The Wood lands, Texas, Audrey Hutcheson of Princeton, TX Harper Moses of League City, Texas, Sarah Beth Hunter of The Woodlands, Texas, Cadence Brown of Wills Point, Texas, Lillian Moses of League City, TX, Landon Hutcheson of Princeton, Texas, Abigail Hunter of The Woodlands, TX, and Hollis Moses of League City, Texas

  • FAMILY

  • Geroge R McDonald, Father
  • Opal McDonald, Mother
  • Leslie Paul McDonald, Brother
  • Charles McDonald, Brother
  • Tom McDonald, Brother
  • Lynn Kuyava, Sister
  • Richard Hunter, Husband
  • James Bradley Hunter, Son
  • Margaret-Mary Hunter, Daughter-in-law
  • Kimberly Jo Rumping, Daughter
  • Ann also leaves behind six grand children, 11 great grand children, many nieces, nephews, and other loving family and friends.
  • PALLBEARERS

  • Rickey Carroll
  • Cody Brown
  • William Hunter
  • Taylor Hutcheson
  • Martin Moses
  • Keith Cooper

Services

  • Visitation Friday, November 30, 2018
  • Funeral Service Saturday, December 1, 2018
REMEMBERING

George "Ann" Hunter

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Desiree Cantrell

December 2, 2018

I remember Ann’s fun, lively sense of humor. She’d giggle and tease the nurses and staff that cared for her in the hospital.

I remember her telling me about how surprised people would be when they walked into the room and saw her since her first name was George. She got a real kick out of that.

I remember her patience and service as she taught me to oil paint for which I will always remember.

The photo included is the beautiful painting she gave me and my husband for our wedding. I will treasure it always.

Most of all I remember her love for her family and friends. She always took the time to express her love for each one of them.

Kitte Davis Lewark

November 27, 2018

Deepest condolences and prayers to the family. I have many wonderful memories of Ann but mainly when we were young and would spend holidays together. Since our mothers were sisters we shared family time when we were able. She was a sweet, kind and caring lady and my heart is heavy for her dear husband and family❣️

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Biography

      “Anything is possible.” That is what Ann Hunter believed about life. She was a creative woman, a perpetual inventor, who seemed to be able to find a solution for any difficulty confronting her. She had faith in her ability to find those solutions. Ann thoroughly enjoyed understanding how things worked. She possessed an inquisitive, confident, and rational nature matched with a versatile and agile mind. Ann was a person who believed that she could achieve whatever she set out to do.

      Ann was born on October 24, 1940 at home in Amarillo, Texas. Her parents were George R. McDonald and Opal Northern McDonald. Ann was raised in Amarillo, Texas. She showed her ingenuity even as a child. When she was confronted with a problem, Ann could develop an imaginative solution, and she derived satisfaction from knowing she had that ability.

      This same talent for finding solutions had a positive bearing on Ann's family relationships. Ann was raised with five siblings. She had one older brother Charles, one younger brother Tommy, one younger sister Lynn, and one brother Leslie Paul whom passed at birth. When a difficult situation or dilemma arose within the family, Ann was always there to help figure out a solution for making things work.

      As a young girl, Ann could be found building and inventing new and different things. She was curious, resourceful and interested in anything original. Ann took part in roller skating. She was a member of Girls Scouts. In her spare time she liked Roller Skating.

      Endowed with an appetite for knowing how her world worked, Ann enjoyed school, especially when the learning experience involved dissecting and probing the unknown. Ann was adept at scrutinizing different possibilities and designing innovative solutions. She graduated from Amarillo High School in 1959. She enjoyed some courses more than others, having favorite classes and teachers. Her favorite class in high school was Art and English. She was most proud of her third place finish in the Roller Skating Pairs State Dance Competition.

      Ann was socially resourceful, an expressive person who was willing to try new things. These qualities drew a lively circle of friends around her. Always interested in her friends’ activities and interests, Ann was uncritical of her acquaintances. She was sought after by people who recognized that she was generous with her time and energy, and these same friends found Ann to be very stimulating company. Ann's humor and curiosity were contagious for those around her. While growing up, some of her best friends were Peggy Wineger. Later in life, she became friends with Courtney and Lee Laird, Karen and Carl Smith, Carolyn and Roger Pool, and De Bob Jacobs.

      On August 15, 1959 Ann exchanged wedding vows with Richard Lynn Hunter at Trinity Methodist Church of Amarillo, Texas. Ann was adept at devising original and creative ways to enhance and improve the marriage partnership. Ann was seldom a critical person, but rather the one who was able to bring out the best in others. Ann was an entertaining conversationalist who was quick to respond to her spouse’s needs. She was a vibrant personality and she enjoyed verbally sparring with Richard. In fact, those who knew her often remarked that Ann loved to argue for argument’s sake. She was very perceptive in recognizing others’ feelings, especially regarding Richard's.

      Ann's remarkable talent for being inventive influenced her relationship with her children. She would create original, clever and fun games for her kids and had a knack for finding ways to make everyday events, even chores, enjoyable to them. Ann was blessed with two children, one son, James Bradley and one daughter, Kimberly Jo. They were also blessed with six grandchildren, Stacey, Rickey, William, Charlotte, Katy, and Cody. Someone who was quick to laugh, Ann found it easy to spend lots of time with her children, but she was never overbearing or guilty of pushing herself on them.

      As a born inventor, Ann was definitely in her element in her work place. She could easily create new and innovative systems, and incorporate those changes to bring a fresh approach to any work situation. Ann was a focused worker with a strong drive for achievement. She could assess all of the options before her and, using her analytical skills, could comfortably find answers that no one else had even considered. Her personal initiative inspired those around her. Ann was always good at getting a project started and then, at the appropriate time, handing it on to a colleague. Her primary occupation was a Home Maker. She was employed for the Amarillo Globe News for two years in the Advertisement Department. Ann always made an effort to be a team player, doing what needed was necessary in order to get the job done.

      Ann's passion for finding a better way to do things was often an end in itself for her. In fact, that interest by itself became something of a hobby for this perpetual problem solver. Since Ann was always searching for new and unusual activities, she developed many interests and leisure pursuits. Some of the things she became an “expert” in might come as a surprise to those who knew her, but most friends and family understood that Ann simply couldn’t be limited to just a few activities or ideas. Her favorite pursuits were painting, gardening, fishing, baking, and bowling.

      Ann's calm demeanor and eternally positive outlook served her well in sports. In high school, Ann competed in roller skating. Recreational sports included bowling and walking. Ann was also something of a sports fan and enjoyed following her favorite events whenever she got the opportunity. Tops on her list were winter sports, especailly ice skating.

      Faith and religion were important to Ann. She was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints for 40 years. During that time, she was a primary teacher, and Relief Society President.

      Having the opportunity to visit and explore a new place always intrigued Ann. Traveling and going away on vacations offered yet another opportunity for Ann to expand her ever-growing inventory of knowledge. Favorite vacations included the Texas Gulf Coast, and South Padre Islands.

      Ann was a lover of animals and cherished her pets. Some of Ann's favorites were OOGIE her pig, Momma Kitty her cat, Sniffles her rabbit, Kitty Tom her cat, and a hog nose snake she didn't name. They were best friends for many years.

      Even while in retirement, Ann never stopped exercising her inventive talents, and this new phase of her life provided new opportunities for stimulating her interests. Home Makers never retire. Her new life involved relocating to Amarillo, Texas from Dallas, Texas. In retirement, she found new pleasure in visiting her children and grand children. Even in retirement, Ann continued to stay in touch with her old friends and while making plenty of new acquaintances. She was active in the community and felt fulfilled.

      Ann passed away on November 24, 2018 at BSA Hospice Care of the Southwest in Amarillo, Texas. Ann fought a brave battle with COPD and Congestive Heart Failure. She is survived by her husband Richard, children Brad and Kim; grandchildren Stacey, Rickey, William, Charlotte, Katy, and Cody; 11 great grandchildren Shaina, Noah, Jude, Audrey, Harper, Sarah, Lillian, Abigail, Cadence, Landon, and Hollis. Services were held at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints-Bell Street Chapel in Amarillo. Ann was laid to rest in Llano Cemetery.

      During her lifetime, nothing appeared impossible to Ann. She met the words “it can’t be done” with the enthusiastic challenge of a “wanna bet” attitude. Ann was able to recognize the possibilities a new idea held, even when those around her could not. For Ann, the traditional way of doing things fell short of her expectations, especially if there were original and untested methods for handling a challenge. For Ann Hunter, the fun of living her life could be found in the challenge.