Thursday, October 29, 2009

Anne Batchelder, Nebraska Legend, Passes

We at the Objective Conservative are very sad to report that former Republican National Committee Woman and outstanding citizen Anne Batchelder passed away yesterday. Many on our staff knew Anne, some for many years, and she was a pillar of Republicanism. She was inspirational for many and, in fact, The Anne Batchelder Excellence in Public Service Series, an organization dedicated to further the political development of Nebraska Republican women was dedicated in her name.

Here is how the Anne Batchelder Excellence in Public Service Series describes Anne:

"Anne Stuart Batchelder settled in Omaha, Nebraska in 1945. After a career with the American Red Cross as a club mobile driver in the European Theatre of Operations, she served in England, France, Belgium, Holland and Germany. While in Germany, she met and married her husband, Lt. Col. Clifton Batchelder.

"Anne served on numerous boards and foundations including: Brownell-Talbot School, Omaha Public Library, Methodist Hospital Foundation, Uta-Halle Home for Girls and the Hastings College Foundation. Anne was a long time board member of the Midland Chapter of the Boys Scouts, the National Federation of Republican Women, a Director for the Omaha National Bank and a member of the Board of Trustees, an Elder and a Clerk of Session for her church.

"Anne has always had a keen interest in Republican politics. Serving as Chairman and Vice-Chairman of the Nebraska Republican Party, National Committee Woman, Finance Chairman for Bush/Quayle and nominee for Lt. Governor as well as helping many Republican candidates throughout Nebraska. She has attended the last thirteen Republican conventions as a delegate or alternate delegate and was inducted into the National Republican Party Hall of Fame in 1984."

Here is the obituary from today's World-Herald:

"Anne Stuart Batchelder:
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Batchelder, Anne StuartJan 11, 1920 - Oct 28, 2009Omaha. Predeceased by her husband, Clifton "Batch" Batchelder; parents, Douglas and Harriet Stuart, Lake Forest, IL. Survived by her siblings, Robert D. (Lillan) Stuart and Margaret (Augustin) Hart, Lake Forest, IL and Harriet (Edson) Spencer, Wayzatta, MN; children, Edward S. (Ann) Batchelder and Anne S. (Peyton T. Jr. ) Pratt, Omaha, Mary (Tom) Bequette, Kennard, NE and Lucia Batchelder (Bob Bell), Colorado Springs, CO. Also survived by grandchildren, Elizabeth (Tim) Howell, Susan, Anne, Michael and Peter Batchelder, Peyton T. (Jody) Pratt III, Rebecca (Stan) Fischer, Jennifer (Andy) Letter, Mathew and Margaret Patterson and Andy Pamp and Anne (Jon) Campbell; great-grandchildren: Mary and Grover Howell, Preston and Peyton Fischer, Evelyn and Thomas Letter.SERVICES Monday, 11am, Dundee Presbyterian Church, 5312 Underwood. Interment, Forest Lawn Memorial Park. Memorials to Hastings College, Uta Halee Girls Village, Dundee Presbyterian Church or Methodist Hospital. The family will receive friends Sunday, 3pm-5pm at the West Center Chapel. HEAFEY-HEAFEY-HOFFMANNDWORAK-CUTLERWEST CENTER CHAPEL78th & West Center 391-3900"

Anne was a contributor to not just Republcian politics but a community leader and an inspiration to many. We will miss her but the memory of her dedication to her country, state and community will live on and continue to inspire many.


Anonymous said...

Amazing woman. She and her husband were honored by the Chamber a couple years ago (maybe the same year they honored Tal Anderson) and the bio they printed in the program was wonderful.

She never made you feel inferior whether you understood politics or not. She helped you understand that helping those you believe in is part of every Americans civic responsibility.

BTW, you are also suppose to let them know when they are faltering:)

Glenn said...

Anne and Batch were the first Douglas County Republican Party "Elephant Remembers" honorees on November 16, 1993

Betty said...

I just got done reading about Anne in the World herald. We have lots to remember, and thank her for.