Anna Naylor, 98, formerly Chappell

Anna Naylor, 98 of Sacramento, California and former Chappell resident died December 31, 2012 at the Ashbury Park Nursing Home in Sacramento.

Graveside services will be held at 2:00 P.M., Monday, February 11, 2013 in the Chappell Cemetery with Pastor Daniel Larson officiating.

There is no visitation at the funeral home.

Ann was born on November 1, 1914 to Henry and Agatha (Holtman) Lutkehus in Arenzville, Illinois. She had two brothers, Wilbur and August. She was baptized into the Christian faith at the Lutheran Church in Arenzville. The family moved to Chappell, Nebraska when Ann was about six months of age. She was raised in Chappell where she attended school, graduating from the eighth grade and being confirmed in 1928. She graduated from Chappell High School in 1932.

She left home for Denver, Colorado to pursue a job as governess/maid and went to business school at night. She met her husband Don Naylor while in Denver. They were married on June 17, 1939 and moved to Portland, Oregon.

Ann and Don became Northwest fencing champions in their respective gender groups in 1942. It was the first time in the history of the Amateur Fencing League of American that a husband and wife had taken both championships.

Don joined the Navy during World War II and was sent to Pearl Harbor. Ann went to San Francisco to await his return and became interested in the retail business. Her interest intensified when she went to work for Kahns of Oakland as a sales lady.

When Ann and Don were divorced later, Ann put herself into her work and quickly moved up the ladder of success.

In 1959 she moved to Sacramento where she was made buyer for coats, suits and furs at Hales. Soon she was in charge of buying all the ladies ready wear. She moved up the ladder again when Hales merged and became Weinstock's and she was in charge of buying dresses for the 9 Weinstock stores of northern California. She retired after 29 years in the retail business in 1971.

Born with retinitis pigmentosa, which causes eventual loss of sight, she was totally blind by 1989. Knowing her eyesight was getting worse as the years went on, she felt that God had given her the talents and abilities to be the business woman that she was.

She is survived by nieces and nephews including Edward Lutkehus of Chappell, NE

Holechek Funeral Home and Cremations in Chappell is serving the Naylor family.

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