Anna ‘Mimi’ Jo Evitts Chappell, 88, of Greenville

CHAPPELL ANNA_JO_11-6-2017GREENVILLE, KY., — Anna ‘Mimi’ Jo Evitts Chappell, 88, departed this earthly life at 10:56am on Monday, November 6, 2017, at home surrounded by her loving family and was gathered into the outstretched arms of her Lord Jesus Christ and her precious husband Paul. Anna Jo was born on September 28, 1929, the 7 child of 11 children born to Annie Brown Capps Evitts and George Evitts in the Nebo community of Muhlenberg County near Greenville.  Her childhood years spent on the family farm with her parents and siblings instilled in her a devout love for both her Lord and fellow man a diligent work ethic that would serve her well for over 50 years of public service a strong nurturing affection for orphans and strays of all kinds, and a sincere desire to help others in need.

Anna Jo began her nursing career as a teenager working at the hospital while taking classes to obtain her nursing license beginning a nursing career that would span 5 decades, primarily in the obstetrics department at Muhlenberg Community Hospital helping to deliver over 4,000 babies during her career there. In addition, she also stepped out of retirement to become the nurse at Earle C. Clements Job Corps Satellite Center in Greenville providing medical care and services for female resident students from all over the United States for 11 more years. After her second retirement, the ‘true’ work began as she became a full-time babysitter for her grandchildren---what she would later describe as the most enjoyable job of all. Perhaps her greatest legacy in life was her love and compassion for people of all ages and in all walks of life. Babies were drawn to her. Children adored her. Adults wanted to be her friend. She touched and changed many people’s lives. Bubbly and full of fun, Anna Jo fulfilled her contributions of service to society as both a Boy Scout leader and den mother a Brownie and Girl Scout leader a band parent and school volunteer for both of her children and a Kentucky Colonel. Anna Jo also took immense pleasure in being a member of Green’s Chapel General Baptist Church where for many years she shared her passion for singing in the church choir served as a Sunday School teacher a Vacation Bible School teacher and director and a dedicated deacon’s wife. Anna Jo possessed a zest for living that will be missed by all who knew and loved her. She was a blessing to the world.

In addition to her parents Anna Jo was preceded in death on April 2, 2017 by her devoted husband of 69 years Paul C. Chappell, siblings William Evitts, Brenon Evitts, Bernard Evitts, George Thomas “GT” (Clarice) Evitts, Donald Evitts, Edna Lee (Howard) Vincent, Imogene (Harold) Tomes, brother-in-law James M. Cox, and sister-in-law Helenbyrd Kilpatrick Chappell.

Survivors include her son George Lenon ‘Len’ (Teresa) Chappell, her daughter Patricia Anne (Jerry B.) Hancock, grandchildren David (Dr. Kristy) Chappell, Courtney (Brad) Tudor, Barkley Hancock, and Jordan Hancock, great-grandchildren Chandler Wells, Garrett Wells, Ty Chappell, Addison Tudor, and Cy Tudor, siblings Reverend Walter (Margaret) Evitts, Jack (Bobbie Carol) Evitts, Mildred M. Cox, brother-in-law John Robert Chappell, and numerous nieces and nephews.

A celebration of Anna Jo’s life will be held on Saturday, November 11, 2017 at 2pm at Gary’s Funeral Home in Greenville. Friends may also visit with the family from 10am until 2pm on Saturday prior to the funeral service. Burial will be at Green’s Chapel Church Cemetery.

Anna Jo’s family would like to take this opportunity to sincerely thank the nursing, physical therapy, and rehabilitative staff at Kindred Nursing Home Facility in Greenville, her day sitter Beverly, the Heartford House and Hospice of Western Kentucky, and especially nurses Robin and Tina for the love and care shown to our mother.

Expressions of sympathy may take the form of contributions to the Heartford House, c/o Hospice of Western Kentucky, 3419 Wathens Crossing, Owensboro, KY 42301, the Alzheimer’s Association or Green’s Chapel Church Cemetery, c/o Keith Peterson.

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