1926 - 2012
Walla Walla resident and businesswoman, Annabelle Madson
Buell, 86, passed away at her home. Annabelle was born June
9, 1926, in Shaunavon, Saskatchewan, Canada, to Ilmer
and Zylpha Madson. Drought years hit the Canadian
Prairies, so the family moved to Bonners Ferry, Idaho. After
renting for a couple of years, they purchased and moved to a farm in
Paradise Valley in October, 1934.
Annabelle attended a one-room elementary school, then graduated from Bonners Ferry
High School in May, 1944. In June, 1945, she left the farm and moved to Spokane
where she worked for two years. Annabelle married Ermyl Buell in June, 1947. In 1952,
they moved to the Walla Walla area where they have lived since.
During her stay-at-home years, she studied writing –
freelance and children’s books. After her children were
raised, she worked out for 17 years. She then started her
own home-based business in 1984 and 12 years later
became a Certified Nutritionist and Trained Counselor,
which she continued until her death.
Annabelle is survived by her husband, Ermyl Buell
at home; one son and daughter-in-law, Ron and Jan
Buell of Moses Lake, Washington; one daughter and
son-in-law, Anita and Dan Nap of Kent, Washington;
five grandchildren: Harold Buell and wife Janelle;
Kay Hodson and husband Matt; Darren Nap and wife
Malena; Derrick Nap and wife Kate; and Kevin Nap;
seven great-grandchildren; three sisters: Eileen Kimber,
Marcella Nelson and Arvella Blackstone; one brother,
Ervin Madson; and many beloved nieces and nephews,
relatives and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Ilmer and
Zylpha Madson and a sister, Doris Dutton.
Family and friends may pay their respects from 9:00
a.m. – 8:00 p.m., Friday, October 5, 2012, at Mountain
View-Colonial DeWitt, 1551 Dalles Military Road,
Walla Walla, Washington. The funeral service
will be 11:00 a.m., Saturday, October 6, 2012, at
Cordiner Hall on the Whitman College campus.
The graveside service and interment will follow in
Blue Mountain Memorial Gardens, Myra Road,
College Place. Friends are invited to Mountain
View-Colonial DeWitt for a potluck lunch
following the graveside service.
Friends may write memories and sign the online guestbook at www.