SHENANDOAH, Iowa -- The late Anne B. Gee, who for decades was a business teacher and a farm & business manager, knew a good investment when she saw one. And thus her daughters are confident that their mother would be pleased that they've now contributed $20,000 from Anne's estate to the Shenandoah Iowa Education Foundation to help underwrite the future of the Shenandoah Community Schools.
"Mom loved Shenandoah, and she loved her 35-year teaching career here," said daughter Jill Gee Polk, a 1974 SHS graduate now living in Redmond, Washington. She flew back to Shenandoah to make the announcement at an American Education Week reception that the education foundation helped sponsor on Wednesday, Nov. 15, at the Elks Lodge. She spoke for herself and her sister Carol G. Zarbock, a 1973 SHS grad, who also lives in Redmond.
The Gee donation means that the foundation's "Founding Donor Campaign" has now topped $65,000. Board member Chuck Offenburger told the crowd at the reception that "maybe I'm a dreamer, but I still believe we can meet our campaign's goal," which is raising $250,000 by the final day of this year.
"Our Shenandoah Iowa Education Foundation truly appreciates this very generous gift from the Anne Gee family," said Corby Fichter, the foundation president. "These gifts will allow our foundation to support and enhance the education experience of our students and teachers. We are grateful to Jill and the rest of Anne Gee's family for their huge support."
Anne Gee died at the age of 95 this past July 25 in Redmond, where she'd moved in 2014 to live close to her daughters and other family members. She was a native of Virginia who, late in World War II, was working in a U.S. Army recruiting office in her home state. She also volunteered at the local "USO" recreational center, where soldiers stationed in the area would congregate when off-duty. There she met Merris Gee, a young troop from Farragut, Iowa. They dated a year or more, married in 1947 and settled on a farm north of Farragut.
She began her teaching career in Farragut in 1948, joined the Sidney schools three years later. She completed her master's degree at Omaha University, took additional advanced courses at Northwest Missouri State College and the State University of Iowa, and joined the Shenandoah schools in the fall of 1956. After retiring in 1991, she was elected to the Shenandoah Board of Education for a three-year term. Her commitment to education was reflected in her lifetime membership in the National Education Association.
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Here's Jill Gee Polk, after announcing at the American Education Week reception that the Gee family has donated $20,000 from the estate of their late mother Anne B. Gee to the Shenandoah Iowa Education Foundation. Nick Bosley, the foundation's treasurer shown here, accepted the check.