By Pat Maurer
Shirley Ann (Annie) Hibl, wife of Clare City Manager Ken Hibl, died following a long illness Monday evening, December 19.
Annie and Ken moved to Clare in January of 1998 when he became City Manager.
Born Shirley Ann Harvey in High Point, North Carolina on December 11, 1946, she moved with her family to Mississippi, then Texas, where she married Ken Hibl, who was stationed at the US Army’s primary flight school there.
Together they lived briefly in Alabama, Florida, Kansas, Kentucky, Virginia, Georgia, Germany, Saudi Arabia, Africa, and Puerto Rico before their move to Clare, after Ken retired from the service.
“For thirty years,” said Ken, “this marvelous woman served her country alongside her husband, enduring the repetitive rigors of packing and unpacking her family’s belongings; frequent long and short-term separations from husband, family and friends; recurrent acclimation to diverse environments, customs and languages; and the responsibilities of care for the needs of her own family as well as those within various military commands and organizations.”
He added, “Annie loved people…she was the type of person who loved to go to a foreign souk or market and negotiate for a bargain in a language she didn’t even know just for the pure pleasure of interacting with the people there.” He said her ultimate passion was children, especially her daughters and three grandchildren “who she loved more than life itself.”
She is survived by husband Ken; two daughters Shelley Hummel of Kentucky and Shannon Hibl of Virginia; three grandchildren Makynzie, Kaden and Neriah Hummel; a sister Mary Ruth and a brother Ken of Florida. See the full obituary in this issue.
Private services for the family have been scheduled. A Public Remembrance was held at the Clare Chapel of Stephenson Wyman Funeral Home December 22 from 6 to 8 p.m.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Pere Marquette District Library Children’s Library