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Ann was a current member of Friends of the Garden and the organizations first president, elected in 2001. She was also a member of the Friends of the Garden's Advisory Board until last fall. Over the last six years she went on a number of the Sunday afternoon garden tram tours when the weather was nice. I always enjoyed the tours we were on together from time to time and my conversations with Ann about the continuous development of the Springfield Botanical Gardens over the last 15 years. --George Deatz
Anna Calbert Webster (1935 -2015) Obituary
Published, News-Leader, March 29, 2015
Anna Calbert Webster, 79, of Springfield, MO, passed away peacefully, surrounded by her family on Friday, March 27, 2015. She was born on September 10, 1935 to Robert and Lucille Calbert.Ann was a lifelong resident of Springfield and attended Greenwood Lab School. She attended the University of Oklahoma and graduated from the University of Missouri with a Bachelor of Science in personnel and industrial management. She was a member of the Pi Beta Phi Sorority.
Ann was a multiple career person. After college, she joined the family chicken hatchery business. This was followed by a stint teaching at Draughan's Business College and a stint in banking.
Ann next joined Deanie Smith and Mary Ann Ausburn to co-found Petit Point Junction, a successful needlework shop, and for ten years was a small business co-owner. Upon its sale, she joined Carol Jones Realty, where she earned the distinction of becoming a life member of the million dollar club, and qualified for the President's Club by virtue of being in the upper 5% of the sales staff. In 1991, Ann joined Commerce Bank of Springfield as the first real estate loan originator, representing Commerce Mortgage Company of Kansas City and Commerce Bank-Springfield. In 1995, Ann returned to Carol Jones Realtors. She left in 1998 and joined Murney Associates, Realtors.
Ann was an active and passionate community volunteer. She was a charter member of the Junior League, one of the founders of the Girls Club, rising to president, and also rose through the ranks as a KOZK volunteer as she said, "from teleauction table arranger to chairman of the board." Ann also served on the United Way board, the Salute to the Performing Arts Committee, the Inaugural Committee for the Juanita K. Hammons Hall for the Performing Arts, and chairman of the board for the Springfield Botanical Gardens and Close Memorial Park. She served on the Industrial Development Authority Board and the Mayors Commission on Human Rights. Ann was a leader and catalyst for change who gave tirelessly of herself in pursuit of the betterment of Springfield.
She is survived by three sons; William Thomas Webster (Julie), and their children Thomas (his daughter Claire), Aubrey, and Sam; Timothy Scott Webster (Kristin) and their children Anna Kate, Grace, and Tommy; Ernest Jack Webster III, and his children E.J. and Travis; two daughters, Mary Nan Knowlton (Dr. Norm); and Cyndi Love Berry (Troy), and her children Brian (his children Connor and Sidney), Jeffrey, Joseph, and Kyle Love; nieces and nephews, Theresa Schroeder, Bo Calbert, and Jenny McDaris; and several great nieces and nephews. Ann was preceded in death by her parents, brother, Robert W. "Bob" Calbert, and son-in-law, Gary Love.
Memorial services will be held on Friday, April 3, 2015 at 11:30 am in Gorman-Scharpf Funeral home. A visitation will be held on Thursday, April 2, from 6-8 pm. A private family burial will be held at a later date in Maple Park Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Springfield Botanical Gardens, 1923 N. Weller, Springfield, MO 65803, or the Springfield Little Theatre, 311 E Walnut St, Springfield, MO 65806.
News-Leader online obituary: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/news-leader/obituary.aspx?n=anna-calbert-webster&pid=174507649
Ann Webster at the foundation of our gardens
Written by Peter Longley
Monday, March 30, 2015
As many of you might already know, Ann Webster, who was the first president of Friends of the Garden in 2001, right at the foundation of our gardens in Close Memorial Park, died on Friday, March 27. As her obituary in the News-Leader shows, Ann was involved in many organizations in Springfield, including the Junior League, the Girls Club, United Way, the Salute to the Performing Arts Committee, and the inaugural committee for the Juanita K. Hammons Hall. She served on the Industrial Development Authority Board and the Mayors Commission on Human Rights. She had a very diverse professional career from chicken hatchery, to banking and real estate. She gave tirelessly of herself in pursuit of the betterment of Springfield. A good friend of the Close family, it was only natural that she became interested in the dreams they had for the tract of land south of Nathanael Greene Park, and from her early involvement as President of Friends of the Garden, she retained a keen interest in all that goes on at the Springfield Botanical Gardens. Up until last fall, she remained a member of the Friends of the Garden’s Advisory Board, and unknown to many, she often came out to the gardens on a weekend to travel around on the tram and observe our progress. She will be greatly missed, along with Charlotte Collier and Ruth Kelley. It is extremely sad that in just two months we have lost such great leaders and benefactors to the Close family’s dream for the park. In some ways, however, it is fitting that they lived to know that we are now in our “Anniversary Year.” It was the vision of such people that led to our swift development into the premier park in Springfield, and the potentially great Botanical Garden of the Midwest that we know we can now become. 2015 is indeed, a year to celebrate the contribution of these great people as we celebrate 30 years of the Japanese Stroll Garden, 20 years of Master Gardeners of Greene County, 15 years of Friends of the Garden and Close Memorial Park, and 5 years of the Botanical Center. Yes, we have come a long way in a short time, and we have been able to combine the different efforts of all these partners, along with the Springfield-Greene County Park Board, to bring about the Springfield Botanical Gardens at Nathanael Greene/Close Memorial Park.