Anne Marie Shearer
November 30, 1919 – April 29, 2021
Anne Marie (Kristof) Shearer was born November 30, 1919 on the family farm in Trego County Kansas to Ralph Kristof and Anna (Benish) Kristof. She passed away April 29, 2021 in Fort Collins, CO at the age of 101. Anne’s first eight grades were completed at a country school near Voda, Kansas. After graduating from Trego Community High School in 1937, she attended Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kansas and was a member of Alpha Delta Pi sorority. (After two years at KSU, her parents called her home to help with the family farm and she worked at Trego WaKeeney State Bank.) In 1942, Anne was united in marriage to Rex L. Shearer at the Presbyterian Church in WaKeeney, Kansas, a union, which lasted for 67 years. Rex was a widower with a young son, Lanny. The couple lived in Wichita, KS until 1945 when they returned to Voda to the family farm and cattle operation. To this union three daughters were born, Peggy, Sherry, and Ruth. Anne stayed busy driving the girls eight miles into town for their many activities in addition to fulfilling the demanding life of a farm wife. She was a lifetime member of the Presbyterian Church and held several leadership positions over the years. She also enjoyed her memberships in the Harmony Club, Union Women’s Club and served several terms as President of Chapter CT of P.E.O. Anne and Rex had a passion for travel. As the girls grew older, they traveled both domestically and abroad. They spent many happy years in their motor home, wintering in the Florida Keys and later in Donna, Texas at Victoria Palms RV Resort, where they won ballroom dance contests and she learned to swim at age 80! Anne loved her family, her friends, and her life! Her home was filled with laughter and music, along with a “little” popcorn and ice cream! She loved reading, walking, and watching sports. But her thoughts always centered on her family. At her 100th birthday party, Anne said, “stay together, there is nothing more important than family.”
Survivors include one stepson, Lanny R. Shearer of DeLand, FL, three daughters, Peggy Barnett and husband Jim, Ft. Collins, CO, Sherry Galloway, WaKeeney, KS, Ruth Wick and husband Robin, Ft. Collins, CO, 11 grandchildren, Brett Shearer, Brad and Lindsay Barnett, Angela Mermis, John Galloway (Katie), Lew Galloway (Jamie), Joel Mermis (Carrie), Philip Galloway (Rachel), Jeffrey Wick (Renee’), Allison (Wick) Samelson (Mike), Grant Wick (Christine) and 15 great-grandchildren. Preceding her in death were her parents, her stepfather, her beloved husband Rex, one son-in-law, Mike Galloway and one grandchild, Debbie (Shearer) Elam. A memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 13, 2021 at the Presbyterian Church in WaKeeney, KS. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the Presbyterian Church, 332 N. 6th, WaKeeney, KS 67672 or Pathways Hospice, 305 Carpenter Rd, Fort Collins, CO 80525.
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Anne Marie Shearer
May 9, 2021
My fondest memory goes back to a summer I spent on the farm during harvest with Grandad and Grandma Anne. It might have been 1973. It was harvest time for wheat. I remember how hard she worked and at the same time trying to teach me how to drive that truck. My dad (Lanny) often speaks of her, and always very fondly. He has said many times over the years, "she is a good one". I know that her passing will definitely leave a void in his heart.
My most sincere condolences to the rest of the family, and those closest to her.
May 7, 2021
My condolences to you and your family. Your Mom has the same sweet smile you do.
I didn't realize how many things our Mom's had in common.
Both Kansas gals born in 1919. My Mom died in Dec.
PEO, KSU, and more in common.
I pray you will be comforted by all the wonderful memories
her long life gave you and your family.