Anna Lee Stark


Anna Lee Stark, age 86, died Dec. 25, 2018, at her home in Fairfield Glade from cancer. She was born June 23, 1932, in Hulen, KY, the daughter of Sudie and Ben Simpson.
In 1950 she moved to live with her aunt in Ypsilanti, MI, where she was employed by Michigan Bell Telephone Company. In 1956 she was transferred to Ann Arbor, MI. In 1965 she transferred to California Bell and in 1967 transferred to Alaskan Bell owned by the U.S. government. In 1969, she returned to Ann Arbor and was reinstated with full seniority. After the divesture, she retired from AT&T in 1989 at Plymouth, MI, with 39 years of service as a telephone operator. In 2005 she became a licensed associate broker with USA Realty and retired from Gwen Realty in 2009.
Anna was past president of the Telephone Pioneers of Southeastern Michigan and received an Honorary Life Membership in the Communications Workers of America. She was co-owner and served on the board of directors as secretary of Stark Funeral Service, Ypsilanti, MI, retiring in 1990. She was a member of the United Methodist Churches in Ypsilanti, MI; Marco Island, FL, and Fairfield Glade. She was a Paul Harris Fellow of Rotary International.
An outdoor enthusiast of many sports, Anna loved the game of golf, was a gourmet chef, enjoyed Piquino Cards, reading books, and the love of travel. For 15 years she enjoyed motorhome traveling. She visited dozens of countries as well as almost every state in the U.S. She loved the state and national park systems and served with her husband three months as a senior volunteer at Yellowstone National Park in 2000.
Survivors include her husband, Len Stark; two stepdaughters, Darby Ann Stark of Ypsilanti, MI, and Sally (Gary) Penning of Marquette, MI; a stepson, Bradley (Mary) Stark of Ypsilanti, MI; seven grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren; a brother, Rev. Nathaniel Simpson of Burlington, KY; and a sister, Wanda Simpson of Florence, KY. Several nieces and nephews, grand-nieces and -nephews also survive.
She was preceded in death by her parents, four brothers, one niece and one nephew.
Funeral services were held at 1 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 27, at Fairfield Glade United Methodist Church. Additional services were held at Stark Funeral Service, Ypsilanti, MI, at 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 29. Burial was in Highland Cemetery in Ypsilanti.
Those desiring may make contribution to United Methodist Church, or Rotary International Paul Harris Fund c/o Fairfield Glade Rotary Club.
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