Anna Mae Showalter

May 21, 1923December 5, 2018

Anna Mae Showalter, age 95, passed away on December 5, 2018 at her home in Colorado Springs, Colorado. She was born to John E and Magdalina M Birkey, on their farm near Manson, Iowa on May 21, 1923, the 8th of 15 children. Following graduation from Manson High School, she enrolled in the La Junta Mennonite School of Nursing and La Junta, Colorado. She completed her training becoming a registered nurse in 1945. It was during this time that she met Jay W. Showalter who became her husband on August 12, 1946. They began their married life in Swink, CO. Later moving to Las Animas, Colorado where they purchased a farm in the Melonfield Community. In 1953, she began her 20-year career as a registered nurse at the Fort Lyon, Colorado Veterans Hospital. She was the life and business partner of Jay throughout their 64-year marriage. She was a member of the 1st United Methodist Church, enjoyed golf, bowling, Tuesday coffee, Faith, family, and friends. She served on various communities and boards with in the church and the community throughout her life.

She is survived by daughters, Martha Sue Martin and Rebecca Lynn Six. Grandchildren, Randall Brent Martin (Jennifer), Lori Ann Martin Strickland, (Sean), Sherry Lynn Six and Joseph Ryan Six, 16 great grandchildren and 6 great great grandchildren, Sister Pauline Kingery, and brother Jake Birkey, and Joe Birkey, sister-in-law, Norma Jean Brenneman and brother-in-law Ernest Showalter. She was preceded in death by her husband Jay, granddaughter Brenda Eileen and sons-in-law, Ron Martin and Ron Six and 11 siblings.


  • Martha Sue Martin, Daughter
  • Rebecca Lynn Six, Daughter
  • Randall Brent Martin (Jennifer), Grandchild
  • Lori Ann Martin Strickland (Sean), Grandchild
  • Sherry Lynn Six, Grandchild
  • Joseph Ryan Six, Grandchild
  • Pauline Kingery, Sister
  • Jake Birkey, Brother
  • Joe Birkey, Brother
  • Norma Jean Brenneman, Sister-in-law
  • Ernest Showalter, Brother-in-law
  • Jay Showalter, Husband
  • Brenda Eileen, Granddaughter
  • Ron Martin, Son-in-law
  • Ron Six, Son-in-law
  • Magdalina M. Birkey, Mother
  • John E. Birkey, Father
  • She is survived by 16 Great Grandchildren and 6 Great Great Grandchildren. She was preceded in death by 11 siblings.


  • Memorial Service Saturday, January 12, 2019

Anna Mae Showalter

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Dale Leighty

February 2, 2019

Ann was very dear to our family. Our boys thought she was “really cool” and thought she and Jay were lots of fun. She was a good friend to my mother and we will always hold her in fond memories Dale and Verna