Anna Kidwell, 1944-2015

Anna Kidwell

Anna Kidwell

Anna Lee Wright Kidwell, 70, of Warren, passed away Thursday, May 28, 2015, at home, surrounded by her family.

She was born Aug. 28, 1944 in Alpena, a daughter of the late Orville Wright Sr. and Ethelyn Still Wright. She married her high school sweetheart, John Howe Kidwell, on May 19, 1962. She was a member of Good Hope United Methodist Church, where her husband currently serves as pastor.

Anna was a loving mother and grandmother, with an amazing God given ability to love all children as her own. After raising five of her children and one child still at home, she attended the University of Arkansas at Monticello and graduated Magna Cum Laude in 1996, at age 52.

She spent her lifetime investing in children and advocating for the rights and welfare of children and adolescents. She had a strong calling to serve others in need, whether as a DHS Family Service worker, youth director of First United Methodist Church, foster parent, soup kitchen volunteer, Human Development Center client advocate, and volunteer at Children’s Mental Health Organization. She was a living testament to how one should love—unconditionally.

Anna valued all of God’s creations. She found great joy in gardening, birds, deer, cats, rescuing animals and spending time with her grandchildren. She was infamous for her Saturday pinto beans and cornbread. She said her greatest treasure was her family. She loved her family and her church family.

She is survived by her husband, the Rev. John Howe Kidwell; two sons, John Kidwell II and his wife, Angie, of Warren, and Tony Kidwell and his wife, Brandy, of Searcy; five daughters, Kelly Rowell and her husband, Stewart, Kerry Gambill and her husband, Gary, Kandy Burt, Robin Pifer and her husband, Trey, all of Warren, and Mary Laura of Conway; a brother, Orville Wright; four sisters, Beth Bradford, Mary Thompson, Beck Grim and Kathy Wright; 17 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews and friends.

The funeral was held Saturday, May 30, at Good Hope UMC. Burial followed in Williams Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to Good Hope UMC, Old Camden Highway, Warren, AR 71671, or Fee Fee’s Soup Kitchen.