April 10, 2003

(2/16/1916 - 4/1/2003)

Anna Marie Sisson, 87, of Luray, MO, a retired elementary school teacher and librarian, died April 1, 2003, in Boone Hospital Center, Columbia, MO, due to complications from a stroke.

She was born near Anson, MO, on February 20, 1916, to Calvin and Lena Pletscher Riley.

She married Carl E. Sisson in 1938. The family lived in Luray, MO and later moved to the Sisson family century farm north of Luray, where their three daughters were raised. Mrs. Sisson had resided at the Scotland County Care Center in Memphis, MO, since May 2001.

After graduating from Kahoka High School she began her 33-year teaching career in 1933. Mrs. Sisson attended Culver-Stockton College and in 1962 earned a B.S. in Education from Northeast Missouri State Teachers College, Kirksville, MO. In 1969 Indiana University awarded the Masters Degree of Library Science to Mrs. Sisson. Clark and Scotland County, MO, teaching assignments included Union #17, where she met Carl Sisson, Keystone, Medill, Luray, Revere, Highland, Wyaconda, Jordan, and Prospect Grove. Iowa assignments included Danville, Keosauqua and Keokuk public schools.

Survivors include her daughters, Sandra Heath and her husband, Thomas of Downers Grove, IL, Connie McPherson and her husband, Roger of Muscatine, IA, and Mary K. Sisson and Doug Ackley of Manhattan, KS; two grandchildren, Andrew McPherson and his wife, Seana of Mt. Prospect, IL, and Claire McPherson and her finance, Brent Lundberg of Minneapolis, MN; one great-grandchild, Natalie McPherson of Mt. Prospect, IL; two sisters, Helen Johnson of Lafayette, IN, and Gertrude Bridgett of Hannibal, MO; sisters-in-law and brother-in-law, Kerdonna Sabatino and Dorothy and Forrest Phillips, all of Kahoka, MO; as well as nieces, nephews, cousins, and other relatives.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; and an infant brother.

She had been a correspondent for The Media in Clark County and Memphis Democrat newspapers for many years reporting the Luray news. She was an outstanding cook who could always make something from nothing and was a "Master Gardener". She believed in good nutrition for good health, that readers are leaders, and tithing.

Mrs. Sisson was a member of the Luray Baptist Church and was instrumental in organizing her church's missionary society. Memorials may be made to the New Tribes Mission in care of Wilson Funeral Home, Kahoka, MO.

Funeral services were held April 4, 2003, at the Luray Baptist Church with Bro. Mark Boley officiating. Betty Jo Smith was pianist with congregational singing. Honorary pallbearers were Robert St.Clair, Hillis Lipper, Joe Kerr, Wayne Meinhardt, Harold Trump, and Delbert Boley. Pallbearers were Jeff Saavedra, Gene Phillips, Paul Phillips, Junior Bertram, Alan Graham, and Neil Brown. Burial was in the Combs Cemetery. Arrangements were handled by Wilson Funeral Home of Kahoka, MO.

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