SANDS TWP, MI - Annalea Burkett "Ann" Teeters, age 89, of 12 Stonegate Heights, Sands Township, entered eternal life Sunday morning, November 25, 2012, at the home of her daughter, Cheryl Teeters, with whom she made her home.
Born June 20, 1923 in Bowers Mill, Missouri, a daughter of Horace Evans and Clara (Brinkmann) Burkett, Ann was raised in Bowers Mill and La Russell, Missouri. She graduated from Carthage High School in Carthage, Missouri, leaving just prior to graduation ceremonies to hop a train headed for Washington, DC to work in one of the many clerk positions offered by the Pentagon, which was uncompleted and under construction. It was during the war years and employment opportunities for women clerks were plentiful. After a two year period, Ann relocated to Miami, Florida, where she was employed as a clerk in one of the first Woolworth Five and Dime stores. It was in Miami that she met her future husband, Howard Glen Teeters, who was serving in the US Army and stationed in Havana, Cuba. They were married in 1944 with Howard serving in the military while Ann continued working in Miami. Following war's end, the couple moved to Lutesville, Missouri, where Howard finished requirements for a bachelor's degree and Ann assumed the role of stay at home mom. When Howard accepted a teaching position in Ste. Genevieve, MO and later, Bernie, MO, the family relocated and while in Bernie, Ann worked for the local school. In 1952, the family moved to Hayti, Missouri where Howard accepted a principal's position and Ann was employed in seasonal work as a clerk at a cotton gin. Other moves were in the making and in Caruthersville, Ann worked as a bank teller and loan officer and Howard served as high school principal and later as a regional HUD supervisor. The couple made one more move together to Cape Girardeau with Ann employed in several positions, primarily as a school secretary. Following the end of the marriage, Ann worked for Triple A as a travel agent, enjoying opportunities for travel and adventure. She later was employed as a clerk-baker with "My Daddy's Cheesecake" until her retirement. In 2004, Ann moved to Marquette, residing at Lost Creek and, in 2009, moved to live with her daughter. In all, she enjoyed a full, vibrant and varied life, was well traveled and readily shared her experience and wisdom with others. Ann was a superb bowler, and bowled in several leagues in Caruthersville and Cape Girardeau. She was also an avid golfer, familiar with several courses and always up for the challenge. In Marquette, Ann was a strong supporter of NMU athletics (while remaining loyal to Missouri college sports teams), enjoyed interacting with students from the University and maintained golf membership in Gentz's Homestead Golf Course.
Ann is survived by her daughter, Cheryl E. Teeters of Sands Township; nieces, Patricia Ann Guinn and Linda Heman; nephew, Freddie Whitehead who all reside in La Russell, MO; many grand and great grand nieces and nephews; and many beloved friends. In addition to her parents, Ann was preceded in death by her sisters, Betty Millett and Erma Whitehead; brother, James W. Burkett; and former husband, Howard Teeters.
Annalea Burkett “Ann” Teeters
Celebrations of her life are planned in Marquette, Cape Girardeau, and La Russell for this summer and will be announced.
In lieu of flowers, donations to the American Red Cross are preferred.
The Fassbender Funeral Home is serving the family, where condolences may be expressed online at www.fassbenderfuneralhome.com