Anne DeMoss Gehrke
September 16, 1921 – August 5, 2018
September 16, 1921- August 5, 2018 Anne Demoss Stanton Gehrke, 96, peacefully passed away Sunday August 5, 2018 with her son Frederick Paul Gehrke’s hand in hers. She was surrounded by family and loved ones in the days leading up to her passing. Anne was herself in mind, in no pain, and did not suffer during her last breaths. Her grandchildren Chris, Michael and Katie Gehrke were blessed to have her close as they grew up and her love for them was immense. She was preceded in death by her parents, William Webster Stanton and Sarah Demoss Stanton, sister, Margaret Stanton Hogsed, brother, William Watt Stanton, and husband, Victor Paul Gehrke. She was born in Greensboro, lived in an orphanage in Raleigh, then spent the larger portion of her life back in Greensboro where she had her son and watched her grandchildren grow.
The word exemplary is defined as “serving as a desirable model; representing the best of its kind.” Anne Gehrke was an exemplary human being. After meeting her you gained and learned something. Anne exemplified hard work. She found enjoyment and fulfillment in working hard. She reveled in her independence in taking care of her home and yard. She raked her leaves well into her 90’s, and if you tried to help her she simply wouldn’t accept. Anne showed us the importance of staying active. She walked around town daily, where she touched many lives and left people with smiles and laughter. She taught us to stay curious, stay informed, and challenge yourself. She was always up to date on current events, the happenings of Greensboro, sports, and her many friends and family’s lives. If she didn’t know something she took it upon herself to find out, and she would share new knowledge to anyone who would listen. She exemplified pure honesty and transparency, you never had to guess what she was thinking and she was always unapologetically herself. She showed how even the simplest of selfless acts can enrich one's life. Anne would pick up the papers at the end of her neighbors driveways and bring them up to their porches- about this she said to her son “I have to help the elderly.” She personified unconditional and unwavering love. She never judged. She genuinely just wanted everybody to be happy. She saw the good and the light in everyone, even during their darkest times. Anne was never greedy. She dedicated every ounce of her being to others, without ever needing, expecting, or wanting anything in return. Anne was a very small woman, with a heart exceeding her size 10 times over. Her son and grandchildren are blessed to carry parts of Anne along with them forever. She will never be forgotten or left behind, as she will live on through them and see them through whatever lies ahead.
Anne’s family will be holding a memorial service on August 18, 2018 at 11AM at Saint Benedict Catholic Church in Greensboro, where they encourage anybody to come celebrate Anne’s very full life.
Online condolences may be shared at www.haneslineberryfuneralhomes.com. Hanes-Lineberry N. Elm chapel is assisting the Gehrke Family.
- William Webster Stanton, Father
- Sarah Demoss Stanton, Mother
- Victor Paul Gehrke, Husband
- Frederick Paul Gehrke, Son
- Chris Michael and Katie Gehrke, Grandchildren
- Margaret Stanton Hogsed, Sister
- William Watt Stanton, Brother
- Memorial Service Saturday, August 18, 2018
Anne DeMoss Gehrke
August 16, 2018
Ann always greeted me with love and kindness, and always asked about the well being of my wife and children. I saw her for the first time inmany years a few years ago, and she had no trouble remembering my wife and childrens names, at yhe age of 95! I remember driving around greensboro and seeing her a couple miles from home, walking back to her house. She was in her70s! She was quite a remarkable woman and she will be missed.
August 14, 2018
When I would drive up Northwood St, I would see this cute, perky older lady out walking in the neighborhood. I regret that I did not stop and talk to her. Now I know who she was.
My condolences to her family.
1321 Latham Rd.