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Zillah “Ann” (Dunagan) Puyear was born November 15, 1923 to Willard Paul and Zillah Maye (Richolson) Dunagan in Douglas, Kansas. She passed away at the age of 91, in the Weatherford Regional Hospital in Weatherford, Oklahoma. Ann Spent her childhood in El Dorado and graduated from El Dorado High School. She then attended El Dorado Jr. College, where she fell in love with a handsome young man by the name of Lowell Dewayne Puyear. Ann and Lowell were married in 1942, and to this union they were blessed with three children, Vicki, Jo, and Eric. Thru the years Ann moved around a lot to be near her family. She visited Eric and his family in San Diego, California right after her grandson Larry was born and fell in love with California. She returned home to Kansas packed up and moved to California. Ann became very close to Larry in the first years of his life. After Eric’s family moved back to Oklahoma she stayed in California working for Scripps Institute and made many life long friends. After she retired from Scripps Institute of California she moved to Missouri to be close to her other grandchildren. In 2002 she moved to the Foss Lake area where she remained for the rest of her life. She loved to knit, crochet, and read until her sight would no longer allow her to. She also loved to spend time with her family and friends. She was lovingly refered to by her grandchildren and their friends as Nana. Ann always said she wasn’t old till she reached the age of 90, then she thought she might be getting old. Ann is survived by one daughter, Jo Myrick of Corder, MO; one son, Eric Puyear and wife Patty of Foss Lake; five grandchildren, Jeff Myrick and wife Tina of Higginsville, MO; Teresa Eggleston and husband Sean of Grain Valley, MO; Ron Jorgensen of Overland Park, KS; Lori Jorgensen of Wichita, KS; Larry Puyear and wife Lisa of Tulsa; great-grandchildren, Amanda Fisher; Ben Myrick; Brad Myrick; Nicholas Harmes; Dalton Eggleston; Matthew Puyear; Nathan Puyear; Timothy Jorgensen; great-great-grandchildren, Silas, Nora, Owen, and Violet; one sister Billie Lou (Dunagan) Scholler; one niece, Catherine Scholler of Saline, MI; and other family and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents and grandparents, Lowell Puyear, one daughter, Vicki (Puyear) Jorgenson and one grandson, Michael Dean Myrick. Remembrances may be shared online at www.billingsfuneralhomewoodward.com
Published on  February 3, 2015
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