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December 07th, 2021

annette larrabeeAnnette Louise Lemert Larrabee, 82, passed away on Thursday, November 18, 2021, at her home in Liberal.

She was born October 11, 1939, to Louie and Mildred Shay Lemert in Liberal.

She married William Lee "Bill" Larrabee July 11, 2004. He preceded her in death Feb. 16, 2017.

She graduated from Liberal High School with the Class of 1956.  She received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Wichita State University in 1961, where she was a founding member of the Delta Gamma Sorority, was first chair cellist in the Wichita State University Symphony, and third chair cellist in the Wichita Symphony. She received a Master of Science degree in special education from Fort Hays State University in 1996.

She was a teacher for USD 480, where she was a positive influence for many students.

She was a member of several civic organizations including Red Hats, Daughters of the American Revolution, PEO, Aurora, and the Southwest Symphony Society. 

She was a founding member of the Original Town of Liberal Revitalization, Incorporated, and an avid supporter of the Baker Arts Foundation.  

She loved crocheting, traveling, reading, gardening, going to the movies, playing bridge with her girlfriends, and was a devoted mother to her children.  

She was a member of the St. Andrews Episcopal Church of Liberal.

Survivors include her children: Charles Baldwin, Emporia, Valerie Baldwin, Washington, DC, Jennifer Lemert and husband, Anthony "Tony" Stein, Anchorage, Alaska, and Louie Lemert, Liberal; brother, James Rex Lemert and wife, Mary Nell, Amarillo, Texas; brother-in-law, Dr. Douglas Dean Sheafor, Topeka; three grandsons: Alexander Rufus King, Elliot Anthony

Stein, and Colton Maxwell Stein; and granddaughter, Dana Smith.

She was also preceded in death by her parents; sister, Betty Jo Lemert Sheafor; and grandparents, Bernard and Bettie Lemert.

• There will be no viewing as Annette wished to be cremated.

A memorial service and celebration of Annette’s life will be held in the Spring and will be announced by Miller Mortuary.

Memorials are suggested to the Seward County Community College Scholarship Fund.

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