Anna Imhof Parnell, 92, passed away Friday, May 23, 2014, at Mount Vernon Countryside Manor in Mount Vernon, Illinois. She was born March 29, 1922, on the family farm northeast of Brewster, Kansas, the daughter of Lena (Hammer) and Charles Imhof. Her arrival was a complete surprise to her seven year old sister Esther and two year old brother Irving.
She was raised in a Christian environment and attended school in Brewster, where she graduated from Brewster High School with the class of 1940. After graduation, she moved to Goodland and worked at a department store. While in Goodland, she met a young U.S. Marine from St. Francis, Kansas. She and Otto Ernst Bader were married on December 1, 1942, at the Lutheran Church in St. Francis. She continued to live in Goodland while he served his country in World War II. This marriage ended in divorce.
On June 29, 1950, Ann married Jay Kermit Parnell at Raton, New Mexico. Jay was in the business of buying, feeding, and selling livestock north of Goodland. Shortly after their marriage, they moved to Burlington, Colorado, where they made their home together until Jay’s death on September 22, 1993. Although they had no children, they spent much time with family and friends.
On January 5, 1998, Ann was married to James H. Mendenhall. After their marriage, a move was made to Mount Vernon, Illinois. This marriage was also terminated. Ann spent her final years at Mount Vernon Countryside Manor, where she made new friends.
She leaves behind a sister-in-law Minnie Belle Jones of Goodland, Kansas; and nephews and nieces Loyde Imhof and his wife Janice of Hays, Kansas; Doris Johnson of Abilene, Kansas; Carol Thiel and her husband Dale; Ray Imhof, all of Colby, Kansas; Priscilla Daniels and her husband Ron of Great Bend, Kansas; Diana Jones of Garden City, Kansas; Ruth Blythe and her husband Fred of Tulsa, Oklahoma; Lowell Imhof and his wife Peggy of Valley, Nebraska; Debra Griffith and her husband Ken of Goodland, Kansas; Dick Parnell and his wife Shirley of Colby, Kansas; Mary Heninger and her husband Rob of Monument, Colorado; Shirley Ann MacLeod of Salina, Kansas; and other family and friends.
The graveside memorial service will be Monday, June 23, at 10:00 AM MT, at Goodland Cemetery in Goodland, Kansas, where she will be buried beside her husband Jay Parnell.
Memorials may be designated to SSM Hospice Services of the Good Samaritan (of Mount Vernon, Illinois), and may be mailed to Koons Funeral Home, 211 N. Main, Goodland, KS 67735. Online condolences and register book: www.koonsfuneralhome