Anna Lea Nease, age 76, of Shawnee, passed away on Friday, July 17, 2020, in Shawnee.
She was born June 17, 1944, in Shawnee to Juanita (Arms) Riddle. Anna was raised by her grandmother, Leitha Arms, and her aunt, Betty Young, in Tecumseh. She attended Tecumseh Public Schools and earned a teaching degree at St. Gregory’s in Shawnee.
Anna married the love of her life, Stanley Nease, on May 29, 1961, in Shawnee and has been married for 59 years.
She taught at Will Rogers, Horace Mann, Sequoyah, Franklin, and Jefferson Schools in Shawnee for over 30 years as a Native American language and special needs teacher, retiring in 2011. She loved children and loved her career as a teacher, providing extra care for students beyond the classroom. She was passionate about making sure children were good readers and excelled in school to the best of their ability. Anna was instrumental in starting the Support Personnel Benefits Program with Shawnee Public Schools.
She was a member of New Beginnings Church in Shawnee.
Anna loved spending time with her daughter, two grandchildren, and her dogs and cats. Anna enjoyed reading, watching movies, fishing, gardening, flower gardening, playing dominoes, working crossword puzzles, and playing Wahoo. She enjoyed visiting with family, friends, and classmates at class reunions. Anna also loved reminiscing with her Aunt Bea about “The Good Old Days.”
She was preceded in death by her grandmother, Leitha Arms; and her mother.
Anna is survived by her husband Stanley, of the home; her daughter and son-in-law, Tricia and Curtis Stanford of McLoud; her granddaughter and spouse, Lyndsey and Craig Little of McLoud; her grandson and fiancé, Cody Stanford and Ashley of McLoud; three great-grandchildren, Gracie, Chloe, and Bryson; brother and sister-in-law, Ronald and Karen Nease of Shawnee; her special aunt, Betty Young of Tecumseh; and many other family and friends.
Visitation will be from noon to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, July 21, and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Wednesday, July 22, at Cooper Funeral Home.
Service will be at 10 a.m., Thursday, July 23, at Cooper Funeral Home Chapel with Mike Taylor of New Beginnings Church, Shawnee, officiating under the direction of Cooper Funeral Home of Tecumseh.
To share memories, or to sign the guestbook online, go to www.cooperfuneral.com.