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Anna Lee Hinderliter completed 96 (almost 97) trips around the sun before departing this life for her eternal home in heaven on March 31, 2016. Funeral services will be held at 10:00 am Saturday, April 9, 2016 in the Quinlan United Methodist Church with Pastor Clark Struebing and Reverend Scott Ware officiating. Interment will follow in Memorial Hill Cemetery with the Billings Funeral Home in charge of arrangements. The family will receive friends at the funeral home in Woodward on Friday April 8, 2016 from 5:00 pm until 6:30 pm.

Anna Lee was born July 21, 1919 in an old "haunted" house on Yonges Island near Charleston, SC, to parents William Thomas Moore & Belva Elizabeth (Norris) Moore. A short 2 years later William died and a second child, Frances Willineta, was born only 12 days later to this young family. Belva was overcome by a nervous breakdown and was hospitalized in Wichita, KS, to recuperate. The two young girls spent a lot of their early childhood with their Grandmother Rogers. Belva recovered and became a well-known chiropractor. When the girls were 9 and 11 years old, their mother Belva died of Typhoid Fever. Their Grandmother Rogers took on the responsibility of raising the girls. Anna Lee said that Grandma couldn't stand the way the girls said "Grandma" in their whiny, little voices, so she taught them to call her "Mom". (Their own mother was called "Mama".) So Grandma Rogers became Mom Rogers and the girls went to school in Waynoka, OK.

Anna Lee told of her Grandad's Model T Ford with cloth curtains (in the 1920s) and later a Model A Ford. When she started high school, Grandad would take her to school puttering along at 30mph and she would beg him to speed up to 40. He would reply, "You should have been ready sooner." She remembered when the girls were small they overheard Grandad say that he wanted to paint the Model T ... black of course. Being helpful little darlings they decided they would do it for him. Seeing a large pail in the car shed full of black liquid ... they helped. They found out it was "used oil" when they got their little behinds paddled.

Anna Lee received musical arts training (playing piano and singing opera) in high school; which explains her talents with the black & white keys and her exceptional soprano voice. She tells of being a Junior (1936) in high school when she caught a cold and consequently pneumonia from practicing the Junior Play in a cold drafty auditorium. She was confined to bed for 3 weeks and finally put in the Alva hospital for the doctor to place a tube in her side, to drain the "gatherings" from her lungs. Another 3 weeks in the hospital and 3 more weeks at home caused Anna Lee to miss so much school she had to repeat that year.

At school, she met Leonard Bert Hinderliter. After dating awhile they were married on May 29, 1938, at the home of his sister & husband, Lois & Homer Curtis, in Waynoka, OK. Anna Lee saved a piece of their wedding cake, froze it, and treasured it as a loving remembrance. Years later it had completely dried and was framed (shadow-box style) remaining a family heirloom to this day. The cake was an angel food recipe, Leonard's favorite, with a seven minute frosting; no butter and no egg yolks added to its longevity.

Leonard and Anna Lee made their first home living with his parents and running that farm for one year. They then moved across the Cimarron River to the Jim Hale place. In 1941 the young couple purchased farm & ranch land north of Quinlan, OK, and started their own family. Sunday mornings would usually find them at the Quinlan United Methodist Church, where they were very active members beginning in 1946. Anna Lee regularly played piano and sang solos for the congregation, as well as being an active member of the UMW (formerly the WSCS), was also instrumental in helping to get the church's famous Washington Birthday Supper up and running. Leonard and Anna Lee had four children: Robert Merlin, Annette Yvonne, Jimmy Lee (stillborn), and Joy Laverne. The children recall wonderful memories of eating popcorn and fudge while playing games down in the basement as storms passed by overhead, picnics in the canyon, harvest time, playing anti-over, hide and seek. The list could go on and on. The couple expanded their initial holdings over time and lived on their property raising wheat and cattle for 40 years. They subsequently moved to Woodward, OK, in 1981. In 2004 they moved to Tucson, Arizona, then returned to Woodward in 2007.

Preceding Anna Lee in death were her mother and father, her husband, her stillborn son, and her sister. Still loving her and missing her immensely are: her 3 children & spouses, 9 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren, 2 great great-grandchildren, 1 sister-in-law (Jackie Hinderliter), a battalion of nieces and nephews, plus a whole army of lifetime friends.

Memorial may be made to the Woodward Pregnancy Center or the Bruce Family Ministries with the funeral home accepting the contributions.

Remembrances may be shared online at www.billingsfuneralhomewoodward.com
Published on April 6, 2016
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