Ann Bennett Shank  

Aug. 5, 1935 –

Jan. 20, 2013

Ann Bennett Shank, “Mrs. Jim Shank”, 77, of Waxahachie passed away Sunday, Jan. 20, 2013, at her home. She was born Aug. 5, 1935 in Denver, Colo. to Roy Francis and Elsie Irene (Knipp) Bennett. Ann lived in Houston from 1942 until 1954. She graduated from Lamar High School in 1953, but was an honorary member of Jim’s class of 1951. She attended Gulf Park College in Biloxi, Miss. and the University of Oklahoma where she graduated in 1957. She was a member of Gamma Phi Beta Sorority.  

She worked in Oklahoma for several years at the Humpty Dumpty Grocery. Ann met Jim Shank on a New Year’s Eve blind date in 1961 in New Orleans. They were married in 1962 and lived there until they moved back to Houston in 1964 to start their family. She worked on the Gemini Space Project for NASA. In 1969, they moved to Waxahachie where they opened Shank Insurance Agency and operated it until January 1993. Ann was a member of the Central Presbyterian Church, the Mother’s Club, Friday Book Club, Northside PTC and her sewing club, The Loose Women. She was an avid reader, loved to cook, travel and spend time with her daughters and grandchildren. She is now in heaven dancing with Jim.

Survivors include two daughters, Patti S. Collier and husband, Mike, of Waxahachie and Judy L Shank of Dallas; two grandchildren, Ben Davis and Beth Davis both of Waxahachie; one great-granddaughter, Harleigh Nicole Davis; two step-grandchildren, Brooke Collier of Ennis and Cheyenne Collier of Crowell; aunt, Maxine Carter of Enid, Okla.; brother and sister-in-law, Roy and Carolyn Bennett of Mobile, Ala.; niece, Lindsey Crawford; nephew, Trey Bennett and numerous cousins.

The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2013 at the Boze-Mitchell-McKibbin Funeral Home.

Funeral services are scheduled at 2 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 24, 2013, in the chapel of the Boze-Mitchell-McKibbin Funeral Home with the Rev. Matt Curry officiating.  Interment will follow at the Hillcrest Burial Park.

In lieu of flowers donations can be made to Nicholas P. Sims Library or the Central Presbyterian Church.