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ANNA LOU CHANEY
Anna Lou Bondurant Chaney, 102, of Colusa, Illinois died Monday, November 12, 2007 at the home of her son, Benny Marvin and Sunny Chaney in Kingsport, Tennessee.
Anna Lou was born July 1, 1905 in Lewis County, Missouri, north of La Belle. She was the fourth of six daughters born to Emmett Marvin Bondurant and Lucinda Virginia Throckmorton Bondurant. She attended Gregory Elementary School, north of La Belle and was a member of the 1924 La Belle High School graduating class.
Anna Lou attended Central Methodist College in Fayette, Missouri. In 1926, she began a teaching career in Longwood, Missouri. Shortly thereafter, she met Cecil Franklin Chaney and they were married March 31, 1928 in Marshall, Missouri. He preceded her in death on July 5, 1991. She later received her degree from Illinois State University. Throughout her 31-year career in the classroom, Anna Lou also taught in Harrisburg, Missouri, Colusa and Farmer City, Illinois and Fort Madison, Iowa. Anna Lou took time off from teaching from 1933 to 1945 to raise her family.
She is survived by two sons Gary Cecil (Grace) Chaney of Northbrook, Illinois and Benny Marvin (Sunny) Chaney of Kingsport, Tennessee. She is also survived by six grandchildren: Michele (Timothy) McConnell of Monona, Wisconsin, Melody Elam of Kingsport, Tennessee, Stanton Chaney of Johnson City, Tennessee, Holly (Les) Evans of Lawrenceville, Georgia, Gary Cecil Chaney, Jr. of Buffalo Grove, Illinois, and J. Thomas Chaney of Chicago, Illinois as well as eleven great-grandchildren.
Anna Lou is preceded in death by her parents, her husband of 63 years, Cecil, their daughter Connie Ann Thompson and her husband William F. Thompson of Madison, Wisconsin and granddaughter Colette D. Carr of Portage, Wisconsin.
She was buried November 18, 2007 at the Harris Cemetery, near Dallas City, Illinois with a former student, the Reverend Robert Wagner officiating. Memorials may be made to the Colusa United Methodist Church, Box 97, Colusa, IL 62329 in her honor. Online condolences may be left at BanksandBeals.com.