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WARREN, Annabelle (Lee)

Monday, January 22, 2007

Anna Belle Lee (Warren), 83 Former Buckingham Teacher/Principal, Dies OHIO, Jan. 23 - Anna Belle Lee (Warren), age 83, passed away on January 22, 2007 at Kobacker House Hospice in Columbus, Ohio, with her daughter at her side.

Anna Belle was born on November 13, 1923, in Hominy, Oklahoma. After graduation from high school at Whittler Union High in Whittier CA, she joined the U.S. Navy WAVES.

After discharge, she attended University of Tulsa and UCLA, then worked in Tokyo, Japan for the US Occupation Forces serving as a reporter for the Stars and Stripes newspaper.

She completed her B.S. from Oklahoma College for Women in Chickasha, OK, in 1952. AnnaBelle was an elementary school teacher, teaching for 20 years in six states and Germany.

She taught in Buckingham County at Arvonia Elementary, and Gold Hill Elementary, from 1968 to 1972. She then served as an elementary school principal in Buckingham County for 16 years.

Including one year at Dillwyn Elementary, and 14 years at Arvonia Primary School, with service also as a principal in Cumberland County before retirement.

She earned an M.S. from Longwood College in Farmville in 1973; and an Ed.D. from Nova University in 1987.

Creative writing was her avocation, and she wrote many essays, poems, and children's stories over the years. Her play, "You Never Heard of Peter Francisco?" about the Buckingham County Civil War hero, was performed for the Buckingham Women's Club.

After retirement, she lived in Tulsa, OK, where she briefly attended law school, managed a Senior Services meal center, was a substitute teacher, and pursued her interest in the vegetarian life-style of Natural Hygiene.

In 1995, she published a book, Blueprint for Health, about this topic. In 1998, she was inducted into the Alumni Hall of Fame by her college alma mater.

In 2001 she moved to Columbus, Ohio, where "GranArnn" took an active part in her daughter and grandchildren's lives and was a substitute teacher for Columbus and Worthlngton schools.

In January of 2006 she moved to Independent Living at the Wesley Glen Retirement Community where she made many friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Jesse Jurdan Lee and Roxie Anna (Scott) Lee; beloved sister, Berneice Oertel; step-brother, James C. Williams; husband of 33 years, Hancel Warren; and second husband James Larmore. She is survived by her beloved and loving daughter, Rev. Hancella (Rev. Orin) Newberry; grandchildren, Libby and Max Newberry of Worthington; and extended family: Martha Williams of Tulsa OK; Carolyn Bridges, Joyce Travis and Linda Yohn of Bakersfield, CA; Thelma Conway and Judith Conway Watts of Marshall, AK; and many life-long friends.

Friends may call at Rutherford Corbin Funeral Home, 515 High St., Worthlngton, OH, on Thursday, January 25, from 3 to 5 p.m. where a funeral service will be held at 5 p.m. with Pastor Bob Mathis of Meadow Park Church of God officiating. A memorial service will be held at Wesley Glen Retirement Community, 5155 N. High St., on Monday, January 29, at 2 p.m. in the auditorium, Chaplain Lynn Confar officiating. Contributions in her memory may be given to Wesley Glen Charitable Care Fund, 5155 N. High St., Columbus, OH, 43214, or Meadow Park Church of God, 2425 Bethel Road, Columbus, OH 43220.