At the age of 93, Anna Mary Gamble Haynes passed away at Delmar Gardens on the Green in Chesterfield, Mo., on Sept. 14, 2012.
She was born to Clara Belle O'Neal Gamble and James Samuel Gamble in Halls, Tenn., on June 27, 1919. She graduated from Nankipoo, Tenn. High School in 1936.
On Sept. 30, 1939, she married Charles Wesley Haynes. They became permanent residents of Hornersville, Mo., shortly after their marriage.
The community of Hornersville was blessed by the involvement of both Charles and Anna Mary. Anna Mary, known for her quiet, gentle spirit, was soon recognized as a leader in various activities involving her children, as a member of the Hornersville United Methodist Church; as a member of Chapter 523 of the Order of Eastern Star, her energy, dedication and attention to detail resulted in her appointment as District Grand Deputy of the 51st District as Grand Representative to the state of Arizona. Through these appointments she met and established many enduring friendships.
Faith, family and friends were the center of Anna Mary's life. A devoted wife and mother, she embraced her family with an intense love. With the birth of each new grandchild, great-grandchild, niece and nephew, that love multiplied and blessed each one. She lived and knew the value of family ties as well as the blessings true friends can bring. Losing her parents, her husband, siblings, and their spouses and many of her dear friends brought such a sadness to Anna Mary. Her final years were spent with a longing to be with those loved ones she had lost.
Anna Mary is survived by daughter, Charlotte Shelton and her husband, Richard; son, Larry Haynes and his wife, Glynda; grandchildren, Rich Shelton and wife, Lisa, Leigh Shelton Rolnicki and husband, Joe, Scott Haynes and wife, Tina, and Reagan Haynes and husband, Dave Fish; and great-grandchildren, Alexa and Nicholas Shelton, Tanner and Addison Rolnicki, Michael and Andrew Haynes, and Iliana and Ewan Haynes.
A celebration of her life will be held Friday, Sept. 21 at the First United Methodist Church in Hornersville with Rev. Jim Pemberton officiating. Visitation will begin at 1 p.m., with the funeral beginning at 2 p.m.
Burial will be in the Dunklin County Memorial Gardens in Kennett immediately following the service.
Bradshaw Funeral Home of Kennett is in charge of arrangements.
Memorials can be made to Hornersville United Methodist Church, O.E.S., #523 or to the Alzheimer's Association.