Anita Jean McNair - October 10, 2013
Anita Jean McNair went to be with her Lord on Oct. 6, 2013. She was born in Tyler, Minn. to Michael Joseph Stewart and Lily Christensen on July 28, 1921 (shh, don’t tell anyone).
Jean attended nursing school at St Mary’s in Minneapolis, Minn. and worked as a Registered Nurse at Kaiser Steel Mill in Ontario, Calif. as a surgical nurse.
Jean met the late James William McNair in California and they later wed in 1946 at the Gretna Green Chapel in Las Vegas, Nev. This Las Vegas marriage lasted 53 years until Bill’s death.
Jean strongly resisted moving from city life in California to no plumbing initially but she loved it and became one of the biggest ambassadors for Nebraska and Imperial.
She continued in nursing at the Chase County Community Hospital until 1970. Bill had purchased an insurance agency in 1959 and told her ‘you have to come and work with me.’ She then became a business owner and continued to work at McNair Agency, Inc. well into her 90s.
Jean was an active member of the Methodist Church for 50+ years and was active in the community. She served on the school board and helped build the nursing home where she eventually passed away.
She enjoyed bridge, golf with her husband and friends, as well as lots of singing and dancing.
Jean took an interest in politics and had personal friendships with Governors Tieman, Thone, Exon, Orr and was very involved in their election campaigns.
She was also a Cub Scout leader and gave Red Cross swim lessons for 25 years. She was a connoisseur of the finest wines from the Riunite Valley.
Her grandkids and great grandkids became one of her favorite hobbies (after cats and storm chasing). McNair Agency was often closed to attend track meets, ballgames and activities for her kids, grandkids and great grandkids.
She enjoyed trips with family and friends including attending her granddaughter’s wedding in Ireland.
She loved shows in Las Vegas, and was widely known by dealers on the strip as “The Painted Lady.”
Jean loved and was devoted to her family. One of her proudest moments was seeing her son Pat in the swimsuit issue of “Nebraska Farmer.”
Jean was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Bill; and her brother, Dick Stewart.
Surviving Jean are her brother, Donn Stewart of Pomona, Calif.; sister, Ann Bragg of Redland, Calif.; two sons, Michael J. McNair and wife, Cindi, of Lincoln, Neb. and Patrick L. McNair and wife, Linda, of Imperial, Neb.; six grandchildren, Matt McNair and Chrissy of Columbus, Ohio, Casey McBride and husband, Matthew, of Rowayton, Conn., Jason McNair and Jacque of Brighton, Colo., Benjamin McNair and Natalie of Omaha, Neb., Alex McNair and Kristi of Imperial, Neb., Samuel McNair and Abby of Imperial, Neb.; and 20 great grandchildren.
Funeral services for Jean McNair were held Wednesday morning, Oct. 9, 2013, at 10:30 a.m. at the Imperial Bible Church with Pastor Allen Prodoehl officiating.
Pianist was Mr. Don Newman and vocals were by “McNair great granddaughters” and a recorded selection by “The McNairs.”
Casketbearers were Alex McNair, Sam McNair, Jason McNair, Ben McNair, Matt McNair and Jackson McNair.
Interment followed at Mount Hope Cemetery, Imperial, Neb.
A memorial has been established to these causes: autism, Chase County Hospital Foundation and a Christian organization.
Online condolences can be left at liewerfuneralhome.com.
Liewer Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.