Anne (Radcliffe) Wimmer, age 81, of Glasgow, Mont. died peacefully in her sleep on March 8, 2017, at the Eastern Montana Veterans Home in Glendive, Mont., with family at her side.
Memorial services will be held at a later date with a time and location to be announced as soon as possible. Silha Funeral Home of Glendive has been entrusted with the arrangements.
She was born Frances Anne in 1936 in Kansas City, Mo., as an identical twin. She was the daughter of Frank Searle and Hazel (Brown) Radcliffe. In her early years, she lived in Wisconsin and Illinois where her father worked for the John Deere Company. While studying as a freshman at Iowa State University, she met her soon-to-be husband, Leith. Graduating with a BS degree at Iowa State University, she later received a teaching certification at Augustana College. During her college summers, she worked as a camp counselor demonstrating her great love for children. Always active in music, playing the trumpet, she played at church Christmas programs and reveille and taps as camp counselor around Moline, Ill. She loved participating in sports, including basketball, golf, tennis, softball and volleyball. She and her twin sister, Dorothy, were badminton champions at Iowa State University.
Traveling whenever she could, she made trips to Paris, Alaska, Mexico and Canada. Her favorite trips were to visit family. She had countless adventures with her family fishing, sapphire mining and camping in and around Montana. She faced her greatest fear (grizzly bears) when she made the two-day trek to Granite Park Chalet in Glacier National Park with her husband, Leith, returning with great stories of adventure. When she was not traveling she was actively involved in 4-H leadership, PEO, AAUW and any activities the kids or grandkids were involved in.
She was a talented seamstress making Sue and Sandy's wedding dresses, as well as countless stuffed toys, clothes and quilts for the family. She designed and assembled personal birthday and special-event cards for her family that instantly became family heirlooms upon receipt. Everyone who tasted her cooking knows that she was an incredible cook/baker which she passed on to her children, while her husband, Leith, claims to only know how to cook macaroni and cheese. Her children's most treasured recipe is her chocolate chip cookie recipe.
She loved the Lord! Her favorite Bible verse to quote was Proverbs 3:5-6 (Trust in the Lord with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.) Some of her last words to her children were telling them that she loved them very much, and that she loved Jesus! Her church and fellowship family was of great importance to her. She attended the Glasgow Evangelical Church for 40-plus years. Volunteering in many capacities, from baking to leading Bible Studies, was one of the many ways she exemplified Proverb 31. Woman Thursday nights were always a highlight in recent years with a group Bible Study. Her greatest desire was that her family and friends would come to know and trust in Jesus. She always treasured time with family at Christmas, celebrating Christ's birth.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Frank and Hazel Radcliffe; in-laws Earl and Dalene Wimmer; and one son-in-law, Walter Peterson.
She is survived by her beloved husband of 60 plus years, Leith D. Wimmer; four children, Leith S. Wimmer of Montana City, Mont., Chuck Wimmer and his wife, Becky, of Havre, Sue Peterson of Glendive and Sandy Nichols and her husband, John, of Escondido, Calif .; three sisters, Dorothy Sease of Boulder, Colo., Margaret Radcliffe of Old Saybrook, Conn., and Karen Molgaard and her husband, John, of Atlantic, Iowa; a sister-in-law, Beve Finley of Bozeman; and three grandkids, Katy Peterson, Andre Quinn and Liam Nichols.
Thank you to the many people and groups who provided love and assistance to Mom during her illness. Your countless acts of kindness and support are true testaments to the wonderful place called Montana.
We Love You Mom!!!
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