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DOWNEY – Anna Dell (Clark) Hemphill, born in Tulare, Calif., on Feb. 3, 1926, passed away at her home in Downey surrounded by family on March 16.
She was 87 and a longtime resident of Downey.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 61 years, Bruce, in 2008. They bought their first and only house in Downey in the early 1950s and spent the remainder of their life there raising four children.
Anna spent most of her working career in the meat industry as an accounting clerk and retired in 1989. Once retired she did not slow down, creating paintings and trinkets over the last 20 years.
After her husband’s death, she slowly declined in her battle with dementia which robbed her of memories and her independence, family members said.
She is survived by her children, Mark (Eline), Debra, Jill and Scott (Patty); 11 grandchildren; and 18 great-grandchildren.
She was laid to rest March 21 at Forest Lawn in Cypress.
Published: April 25, 2013 – Volume 12 – Issue 02