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Annie Jefferson

 

March 13, 2019

MALTA- The Phillips County community mourns the death, on March 6, 2019, of the one of our most beloved citizens, Miss Annie Susan Jefferson, at the Hi-Line Retirement Center of natural causes.

Family will receive friends on Monday, March 11, 2019, 5 p.m. at Kirkwood Memorial Chapel. Funeral services were Tuesday, March 12, 2019 at Malta Lutheran Church at 11 a.m. Condolences for the family may be left at http://www.kirkwoodfuneralhome.com.

Annie Susan was born on August 29, 1955, to Lester Jefferson Jr. and Leona Walks, in Crow Agency, Mont., a proud member of the Crow tribe. She attended Boulder River School from 1965-1970, where she learned practical life skills, then Nashua Special Education School and Eastmont program in Glendive. In 1973 she moved to Malta and lived with several foster families.

She moved into her own apartment in 1992, surrounded by her favorite things. Especially treasured was her large collection of stuffed animals, which she recently donated to the children of Malta. Miss Annie didn’t go anywhere without her jewelry, with rings adorning every finger, and a necklace and earrings ever present. One could not miss her extensive collection of Special Olympic medals. She was an avid participant in bowling and the softball toss.

Anyone who was fortunate enough to visit Annie in her apartment was quickly welcomed, offered something to eat or drink, and shown her collections and hobbies. Annie enjoyed her vegetable and flower gardens, often asking neighbors to water, if she was out of town. Annie liked jigsaw puzzles, often completing several at one time. Her guests would be treated to an episode of Little House on the Prairie, the Walton’s or Cops, and perhaps some Charlie Pride music.

Malta was Annie’s home, and this community lovingly embraced her. During the summer months, Annie was regularly seen cruising the streets of Malta on her blue three-wheel bike, stopping to greet many along the way. While she couldn’t read a clock, she had an innate sense of time, and was never late, whether for church, work or any of the many social events she attended. She loved to attend theater movies, concerts and school programs. She never passed up the opportunity to go on country rides searching for cottontails and deer, or to help feed farm animals.

Annie was a member of the Malta Lutheran Church, attending services both in Malta and Whitewater. Even in the worst of weather Annie was one of the first to arrive at the church, taking pride in setting out items for Sunday coffee hour. Annie met with the Sunday evening ladies’ group, where her specialty was to roll skeins of yarn into balls for the ladies to crochet prayer shawls. While in Whitewater, she checked in on several people and enjoyed a visit, always concerned for others.

If you needed a piece of candy, Annie was the one to ask. A quick peek in her pockets would reveal a plethora of peppermint, cinnamon or chocolate candies. Even in her last months at the HI-Line Retirement Center, Annie kept a stash close at hand, quickly sharing it with friends.

Annie, one of the original clients for MOI, came to the program in 1973, where she worked many jobs. Most recently, she took care of the laundromat on weekends, and previously worked at First State Bank, Patty’s (Jan’s) Floral and volunteered at the nursing home.

Annie was much loved and will be missed by her Phillips County friends, her special friend Gayle Stahl, and her extended MOI family. She is asleep in the arms of Jesus, rest in peace Miss Annie.

 

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