Anna E. Keppy
January 27, 1917 – May 20, 2012
Anna Emma Keppy, 95, of Davenport, IA passed on May 20, 2012 at the Davenport Lutheran Home. A celebration of her life will be held 10:00AM Thursday, May 31, 2012 at the Runge Mortuary Chapel Davenport. Contributions may be made to the Davenport Lutheran Home or the American Cancer Foundation.
Born January 21, 1917, daughter of Anna (Danielsen) Keppy and Henry Keppy Sr. Anna attended District #8, a one room school until 8th grade in Sheridan Township, J.B. Young Jr. High School, and Davenport High School. In 1941 she graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Home Economics from Iowa State University, Ames, IA. She then completed 2 additional years of courses at Northwestern University.
Anna began working as a Home Demonstration Agent for Wayne County, residing in Corydon, IA. There she helped organize the Business & Professional Club of Corydon, IA serving as charter president for 3 years. She was the program director for “Bit & Spur”, an organization of horseback riding for under-graduate women. Anna loved riding her favorite horse 7th Haven.
Anna went on to a career as a business woman in Chicago, IL, working 3 years in sales for Carson Pirie Scott & Co. in management & supervisors positions. She worked 5 years in direct sales for Field Enterprises, publisher of Childcraft & World Books, serving 3 years as National Traveling Supervisor throughout the United States.
Anna was active in the Cosmic Circle of Fellowship in Chicago, IL and was the Director of the New Age Forum, sponsoring speakers from all over the United States. She completed the Napoleon Hill’s Master Course for Teachers with honors. She went on to teach the Science of Success at School of the Ozarks, and later in Miami, FL, New York, NY, Chicago, IL, California, and the Davenport School system. She also served as the Program Director for the Quad City New Age Research Society.
Back in Davenport, she became a Charter member of the Schleswig-Holstein Society and began conducting flower arranging classes in her home and various places. She gave numerous programs in the Quad Cities and beyond with the theme “Flowers, Philosophy & You.” She also designed flowers for some of the local flower shops.
Anna was a kind, unique, interesting and loving person, who was the family historian. She loved nature and the beauty it holds. Teaching and learning were very high priorities in her life. She loved her family’s farming background. She had special love for children as they did for her. She was loved and will be missed.
Survivors include many nieces & nephews, extended to great, and great great nieces & nephews.
Anna was preceded in death by her parents Anna & Henry Keppy Sr.; sisters Mary (Walter) Dengler, Martha (Normal) Meyer, Norma (Ernest) Albers; brothers John (Clara), Henry (Norma, Ralph (Viola), Charlie (Elnora), Raymond (Jeanette), & Roy (Myrtle).
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Thursday, May 31, 2012
Anna E. Keppy
May 30, 2012
Dear Anna, you will be greatly missed in many ways. Thank you for all your wisdom, incredible friendship and help. In 1977,thanks to you, I learned about full spectrum lights. I still use them. Every time I turn them on my thoughts are with you. I will cherish our conversations in my waiting room. I only wish we had not have lost our contact. I missed visiting with you. May the "White Light and Universal Love" guide you for ever. God Bless you. Jarka (Dr. Odvarko, Bettendorf, IA)
May 23, 2012
I remember Anna as a strong, loving, somewhat eclectic feminist role model to me in my childhood. I am her great niece (youngest daughter of her niece Bonnie Keppy Moeller) and spent many a day at her table at her house on Locust in Davenport, hearing her stories about everything from the UFOs regularly over her house, the "positive energy" I could create by stirring my beverage/foods clockwise rather than counter-clockwise to the story I'd heard numerous times about her brother who survived Tetanus (that's right that she was the family historian), and about our German heritage. She taught me a lot of principles of flower arranging. I enjoyed drinking her egg coffee and eating her cherry pancakes. Although I didn't always agree w/ her remedies for various ailments "a good colon cleanse does everyone good every now and then," she'd claim (I am now an M.D. and have my own medical opionions about such things), she was dear to me nonetheless. I'll never forget the annual Christmas parties at her house when she gathered all the second and third, etc. cousins. I was the one who made the "Merry Christmas!" banner she hung for it in her dining room proudly year after year (I was about 8 yrs. old when I colored that banner with bright markers on my dad's old computer paper). Although I'm a little sad I never got to introduce my little Anna (my youngest daughter, age 23 months) to her namesake, I'm pleased to have my fond memories of my great aunt, Anna, fairly well preserved from prior to her advancing dementia in the last few years.
May 23, 2012
Annie has been an important person in my life, and the lives of my family. I am the grandaughter of her sister, Norma. When Norma died at 42, leaving 8 children behind, Annie steppen in and filled her shoes. She has been a godsend to my mother Loretta, and I thank her for being a part of our lives for all these years. I love you Annie. I know Mom is happy to see you.
Love, Kathy (Patrick)Holly - Meredith, NH