Anna Catherine (Prouty) Chilson

Date of Birth: February 09, 1925
Date of Death: April 26, 2016


Anna Catherine Chilson died April 26, 2016 at the age of 91, in Lakeland Hospital, St. Joseph, MI of apparent heart failure. Ann, as she preferred to be called, was born February 9, 1925 in New Haven Township, Olmsted County, MN to Harry James and May Catherine (Prouty) Hayden. She was named after her grandmothers Anna Augusta Smith Hayden and Margaret Catherine Boyle Prouty. Shortly after moving to Kalmar Township, she met and quickly married Arbey Adison Chilson who lived on a farm just south of the Haydens. Arbey acquired a Quonset hut from the Graham wartime physician housing, purchased 6 acres of land from his dad and moved it to its current location in rural Byron. Ann lived in that house, with Arbey’s modifications, for the next 50 years until poor health forced her to move to Michigan to be cared for by her son, Bennett.

The Chilsons had six children, Bennett Duane (Sandra) of Berrien Springs, MI, Robert Arbey (Betty) of Lincoln, NE, James Dean (Shirley div.) of Laurel, MD, Deborah Ann Kerr (William) of Rochester; Scott and Todd Steven of Lincoln, NE. She is preceded in death by her parents, her husband, and her infant son, Scott. She is survived by all her children, with the exception of Scott who died in infancy, twelve grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren and three great-great grandchildren. A funeral service will be held on Saturday, April 30, 2016 at 2:00 p.m. at the Seventh-Day Adventist Church (1100 37th Street NW, Rochester, MN). Visitation will be one hour prior to the service on Saturday at the church. Burial will take place in Grandview Memorial Gardens. Obituary & photo published by Ranfranz and Vine Funeral Homes. 

Source: Ranfranz and Vine Funeral Homes

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