Anna B. Israel
Aug. 30, 1933 – May 7, 2019
Anna Belle Israel, 85, of Plantation, Florida, passed away peacefully May 7, 2019, surrounded by loving family. Born Aug. 30, 1933, in Chicago to the Rev. Ross and Clara Louthan, Ann later attended Randolph High School in Randolph, where she was an “A” student, cheerleader and active in church, school and community. She attended Vennard College where she met Warthen “Buddy” Israel. Ann and Bud were married in her father’s church in Randolph on Aug. 9, 1952.
They had five children, and Ann was proficient in the many skills necessary for a thriving family: sewing, cooking, knitting, cross stitch, growing and canning fresh produce and serving as a den mother to the Cub Scouts. She was active as a minister’s wife, a role she loved and nurtured. Ann and Bud served in the Methodist conference at churches in Palmer, Benkelman, Milford, Cozad, Hastings, Sargent and Gretna. Ann instilled a love of learning and reading in every one of her children and grandchildren, reading to them for hours on end. Ann made sure that every child, grandchild and great-grandchild was made to feel special in the eyes of God.
Anna Belle is survived by her husband, Dr. Warthen T. “Bud” Israel; brother, William (Lavada) Louthan of Aurora, Colorado; son, W. Stephen (Nancy) Israel of Novato, California; son, David (Sara) Israel of Moreno Valley, California; daughter, Deborah (Doug) Israel Wiens of Temecula, California; daughter, Priscilla (Hamish) Israel List of Plantation, Florida; daughter, Elizabeth (Shawn) Israel Hartmann of Hastings; six grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Ross and Clara Louthan, and sister, Elsie May “Mazie” (Lewis) Chesser.
A memorial service will be held at Hastings First United Methodist Church, 614 N Hastings Ave, Hastings, NE 68901 on Friday, May 17, 2019, at 11 a.m., with the Rev. Dr. David McCarthy and the Rev. Gerald Schwab officiating. Book signing is Wednesday and Thursday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Livingston Butler Volland Funeral Home. Memorial contributions may be given to the family for a memorial to be established at a later date.