TEMPLE—Annie Laurie Laffere Stecher was born Jan. 9, 1924, on a farm in Sharp and died on Nov. 21, 2011, in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Ann died from complications associated with Alzheimer’s at the age of 87.
Ann was the third daughter of RJH and Annie Fredericka Lange Laffere.
She was preceded in death by her husband of almost 60 years, Robert Anton (Bob) Stecher, who passed away six years ago, and her sisters Fredericka Laffere and Mary Ann Laffere Marek.
She is survived by her daughter Michele Stecher Samuels and her husband Douglas of Edmond, Oklahoma.
Growing up on a farm required Ann and her sister to help with chores before and after school. One of Ann’s favorite stories about growing up was how proud she and her sister were when they opened their sack lunches and found their sandwiches were made on store bought sliced bread instead of the daily homemade bread!
In 1941, when Ann graduated from Sharp High School, she was the valedictorian of her class. After graduation she attended Dunham Business College in Austin.
Ann’s first job was at Hefley Stedman Motor Co. in Cameron, where she was a bookkeeper and met the love of her life, Bob. Ann and Bob were married on Dec. 23, 1945, in Cameron at St. Monica’s Catholic Church by Father George Duda.
When they moved to Temple, Ann worked for Vance & Associates Accounting Firm, The Kyle Hotel and The Hawn Hotel as an auditor.
In 1963, after 18 years of marriage, Ann and Bob’s life changed; they adopted Michele.
Ann worked along with Bob at Stecher Oil Co. where she managed the office for over 35 years. When the company was sold in 1991, Ann went to work at Farm Equipment & Service for RT Wall as a bookkeeper for 14 years. Her bookkeeping was always meticulous due to her lovely penmanship.
Ann was noted for making exquisite hand made Christmas stockings, embroidered table cloths, and baby bibs for friends and relatives. She also spent many hours creating hand made treasures with her dear friend Elizabeth Bosl.
Ann was a longtime member of the Immanuel Lutheran Church in Temple and was active in LWML.
Through the years, Ann was a room mother and a member of the P.T.A. Ann and Bob chaperoned numerous trips as band parents for Temple High School to out of town football games including the annual Thanksgiving Day trip to Texas Stadium with our beloved Durward Howard.
Ann left Temple in November 2008 and moved to Oklahoma City to be closer to her daughter. She moved into a wonderful independent living facility for a short time, and then moved into an assisted living facility on March 31, 2009.
A nn’s health and memor y declined rapidly, and she moved into a new Alzheimer’s Memory Care facility on Oct. 15, 2010, where she was the facility’s first resident. Ann transitioned into Bellevue Nursing Home on Aug. 12, 2011, where she resided until her death.
Funeral services were held Monday, Nov. 28, at Scanio-Harper Funeral Home in Temple with Rev. Wilbern Michalk officiating. Burial followed at Bellwood Memorial Park.
In lieu of f lowers, donation may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 3429 Executive Center Drive, Suite 100, Austin, TX 78731, or a charity of your choice.