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Anna B. Israel

Thursday, May 16, 2019
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Anna B. Israel


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Anna Belle Israel, 85, Plantation, Florida passed away peacefully May 7th, 2019, surrounded by loving family.

Born August 30th, 1933, in Chicago to the Rev. Ross and Clara Louthan, Ann later attended Randolph High School in Randolph, Nebraska where she was an “A” student, cheerleader, and active in church, school, and community. She attended Vennard College where she met Warthen “Buddy” Israel. Ann and Bud were married in her father’s church in Randolph, on August 9th, 1952.

They had five children and Ann was proficient in the many skills necessary for a thriving family: sewing, cooking, knitting, cross stitch, growing and canning fresh produce, Den Mother to the Cub Scouts. She was active as a minister’s wife, a role she loved and nurtured. Ann and Bud served in the Methodist Conference at churches in Palmer, Benkelman, Milford, Cozad, Hastings, Sargent and Gretna. Ann instilled a love of learning and reading in every one of her children and grandchildren, reading to them for hours on end. Ann made sure that every child, grandchild, and great-grandchild was made to feel special in the Eyes of God.

Anna Belle is survived by her husband Dr. Warthen T. “Bud” Israel; brother William (Lavada) Louthan, Aurora, Colorado; son W. Stephen (Nancy) Israel, Novato, California; son David (Sara) Israel, Moreno Valley, California; daughter Deborah (Doug) Israel Wiens, Temecula, California; daughter Priscilla (Hamish) Israel List, Plantation, Florida; daughter Elizabeth (Shawn) Israel Hartmann, Hastings, Nebraska; six grandchildren; five great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, Ross and Clara Louthan, and sister Elsie May “Mazie” (Lewis) Chesser.

A Memorial Service will be held at Hastings First United Methodist Church, 614 N Hastings Ave, Hastings, NE 68901 on Friday, May 17th, 2019, at 11 a.m. with Rev. Dr. David McCarthy and Rev. Gerald Schwab officiating. Book signing is Wednesday and Thursday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. at Livingston Butler Volland Funeral Home. Memorials may be given to the family for a memorial to be established at a later date. Special Thanks to the loving and tender staff at Vitas Hospice Care, Sunrise, Florida.