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Wednesday, November 15, 2023
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Anna Lee Kurtz, 101, passed away peacefully surrounded by her family on November 9, 2023 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. She was born on October 7, 1922, in Tulsa, Oklahoma to Frank H. Yust and Betty L. Yust. She graduated from Holy Family High School in Tulsa where she and Russell Sam Kurtz were high school sweethearts after meeting at a roller-skating rink. During World War II, she worked for the United States Department of War in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Dallas, Texas and then at Hamilton Field in California. After Russell returned from the War, they were married in San Rafael, California, and returned to Tulsa to start a family. They enjoyed 65 fun and successful years of marriage. Anna Lee enjoyed cooking, sewing, gardening, dancing, birds, and volunteering at her church and other organizations. Her main interest and love were her family. In The Mood was her favorite song and Thanksgiving was her favorite holiday, because it is family focused. Her words of wisdom to younger people: “Stay active, be positive and always be willing to help others!”
She is survived by her daughter, Karol A. Hill and son-in-law Dale Hill; son, Russell A. Kurtz and daughter-in-law Lane Campbell; daughter, Jo Ellen Newman; grandchildren, Natalie Nychay and Samuel Newman; great-grandchildren, Brittany Bentley, Carlee Risley, and Grant Risley; and great-great-grandchildren, Mason Martinez and Brielle Lino. She was preceded in death by her husband, Russell, in 2009.
Graveside services will be 2:00 PM, Wednesday, November 15, 2023 at Calvary Cemetery in Tulsa. A Mass in her honor will be celebrated at St. Eugene Catholic Church in Oklahoma City on a future date.
Anna Lee made our world a better place and will be dearly missed and loved forever.