Anna Amelia Given lived to be 100

DOWNEY - Anna Amelia Given, known to friends and family as "Molly," passed away March 1. Born in Cleveland on July 13, 1908, she and her husband, John Given, moved their family to Downey in 1957, shortly after a family vacation to Disneyland. She was a member of the board of the League of Women Voters of Downey from 1965 to 1985, and helped increase memberships as Membership Chairman. She was also a volunteer with Meals on Wheels, a member of the American Association of University Women, and a supporter of other charitable organizations. She remained active well into her 90s. Given graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University in 1932 with a degree in Home Economics, and was a member of the Chi Omega sorority. While in college, she became the first female glider pilot in Ohio. She was preceded in death by her husband, John Given, in 1975. She is survived by her three children, David (Joanne) Given of Lawrence, Kans., Susan Given of Downey, and Daniel (Janet) Given of Tustin; grandchildren, Amee Lecoq of Apple Valley, Matthew (Cristi) Given of Rancho Santa Margarita, and Annaliese (Mark) Holt of Sacramento; step-grandchildren, Donald Beaton and Scott (Catherine) Beaton of Lawrence, Kans.; great-grandchildren, Jessica (Andrew) Hampton of Mobile, Ala., Melissa Webster of Del Rio, Tex., Molly, Blake and Emma Holt and Zoe Given; step-grandchild, Noah Beaton; and great-great-grandchild, Kurt Hampton. A remembrance service will be held April 4 at Christ Lutheran Church in Downey at 10:30 a.m. In lieu of flowers, the family has asked for donations to the Salvation Army.********** Published: March 27, 2009 - Volume 7 - Issue 49