By HDN Staff
CHINOOK Annie MacArthur Dannis, 84, passed away Thursday evening, Nov. 8, 2001, at a Havre hospital due to cancer.
Memorial services are 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Presby-terian Church of Chinook.
Anne was born June 19, 1917, in Chinook to Finlay and Isabella
(Thomson) MacArthur. The eldest of seven children, she grew up in Chinook and attended Chinook schools. She graduated from Chinook High School in 1934. Anne attended Northern Montana College and received her teaching certificate in 1936. She taught at Bolt, Kuhr-McCann and east Chinook schools prior to coming to teach in the Chinook School system in 1941, where she taught until her retirement in 1979. Anne received her bachelor of science in education from Northern Montana College in 1957.
On Oct. 4, 1945, she married Francis L. Dannis in Chinook. They divorce in 1948.
Anne was a lifelong member of the Presbyterian Church of Chinook. In 1973, she was the first woman to be elected and ordained as a ruling elder of the church. She taught Sunday school for many years and was active in the Presbyterian Women's organizations. She was a charter member of the Iota Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma and was active in that chapter throughout her teaching career.
She was preceded in death by her parents, and sisters, Katherine Butler and Madeleine Marsonette, both of Chinook.
Anne is survived by her daughter, Cecilia Barnett and her husband, John Barnett, of Morgantown, W.V.; brother, James MacArthur of Tulsa, Okla.; sisters, Isabel "Pat" Holman, Malcolomina "Mocky" Donis and Jean Erickson, all of Chinook; two grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews.
Memorials may be sent to the Benefis Foundation, Gift of Life Housing in Great Falls, or the Betty Pulskar Breast Care Center at the RCB Health Sciences Center of West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV 26506.
Arrangements are by Edwards Funeral Home of Chinook.