Anna Underwood

Anna Mae Underwood, 92, of Mt. Pleasant, and formerly of New London and Carlisle, IA, died Wednesday, May 1, 2024 at Savannah Heights in Mt. Pleasant.

Anna Mae Conant was born December 2, 1931 in Carlisle. She was the daughter of Harry and Edith (Schooler) Conant. She graduated from Carlisle High School in 1949. In 1950, Anna was united in marriage to Tom J. Underwood. Mr. Underwood preceded Anna in death on November 4, 1999.

While her daughter was young, Anna was a stay at home mom. She then became a cook at the Carlise Care Center. She accepted the position as the Activities Director for the care center. While in that position, she acquired a van for the center and was instrumental in taking the residents to various activities. She retired from the care center. In retirement, however, she took on the responsibility of the Activities Director for the Independent Living section of the care facility.

Anna was a member of the Carlisle United Methodist Church. She belong with a group of ladies called T.G.G. (The Go-Getters) and also to a group called the Lunch Bunch. In 1985, Anna was named the Parade Marshall for the Carlisle Fourth of July Parade. When not participating in the activities of the center of her friends, Anna loved gardening and doting on her grandchildren, following them in all their activities.

Those thankful for sharing in Anna’s life include a daughter and her husband, Marcy & Steve Davis of Salem, IA; a brother and his wife, Charles “Chuck” & Karen Conant of Carlisle; 4 grandchildren – Chase, Casey, Justin & Sydney and 2 great grandchildren.

Her parents, husband Tom, a brother and his wife – Marvin & Carol Conant and a sister and her husband – Harriett & Jake Ellison, precede Anna in death.

Anna has donated her body to the University of Iowa Department of Anatomy & Physiology. A celebration of life will be held at a later date. Following the completion of her service to the University, her ashes will be interred at the Scotch Ridge Cemetery near Carlisle.

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