June 10, 2010

(3/3/1920 - 4/20/2010)

Anna Belle Brookhart, 90, of Lompoc, California and formerly of Memphis, Missouri, passed away peacefully, Tuesday, April 20, 2010, at the Comprehensive Care Center in Lompoc.

She was born March 3, 1920, to Wyatt and Iva Lipper Watson in Wyaconda, Missouri. She lived her childhood days near Granger and Kahoka, Missouri, graduating from Kahoka High School in 1938. In l956 she graduated from the Burlington Iowa Beauty Academy.

She married Harry Broomhall in 1938. To this union one son, Harry Laird, was born. They later divorced. She married Clare Brookhart in 1946 and to this union a daughter, Gail Lorene, was born.

Anna Belle was owner and operator of a beauty shop in Downing, Missouri, for seven years, in Arbela, Missouri, twenty-three years; and in Memphis, Missouri for twelve years. In 1997 she was forced to close her shop because of health reasons. Due to further declining health, she moved to Lompoc, California in 2004 to be with her daughter and son-in-law.

She was a member of the First Christian Church of Lompoc, California and a former member at Memphis, Missouri and Downing, Missouri.

Anna Belle is survived by a daughter, Gail Decker and her husband, Merle, of Lompoc, California; five grandchildren: Brian Decker and Angela Decker, both of Lompoc, California; Christy Decker of San Diego, California; Terri Broomhall Phillips and her husband, Mike, of Cameron, Missouri; Ricky Broomhall of Downing, Missouri; ten great-grandchildren and six great-great-grandchildren. Also surviving is a sister, Lenna Jansen, Memphis, Missouri and two nieces: Naomi Lane of Kahoka, Missouri and Roberta Johnson and her husband, Bill, of Westminister, Colorado.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Clare Brookhart; her son, Laird Broomhall; a daughter-in-law, Gwendolyn Broomhall; a grandson, Jason Broomhall; a sister, Sylvia Huett and two brothers-in-law.

Per her wishes, cremation has been accorded. A memorial service will be held June 12, 2010, at 2 P.M. at Memphis Funeral Home, Memphis, Missouri with Brother Jack Sumption officiating. Inurnment will follow in Granger Cemetery in rural Scotland County, Missouri. Memorials may be made per the donorís choice and may be left at or mailed to Memphis Funeral Home, 378 South Market Street, Memphis, Missouri 63555.

Online condolences may be made to Anna Belleís family via mmphisfh@nemr.net.

Arrangements are under the direction of Memphis Funeral Home.

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