Jeanne Wilson Anthony
Jeanne Wilson Anthony, age 90, a lifelong resident of Little Rock, died on
January 7, 2005 at home with her family. She was born June 26, 1914, in
Arkadelphia, Arkansas, to Eunice Martin and Winston Peabody Wilson, Sr., both
professors at Quachita University. She graduated from Little Rock High School,
class of 1932. Miss Jeanne, as many knew her, attended the University of Central
Arkansas and graduated from Baylor University in Waco, Texas. She was preceded
in death by her husband of nearly fifty years, Allen D. Anthony, who died in
In 1944, she and her husband co-founded the first secular independent school
in Arkansas, The Anthony School, by opening the first kindergarten classroom,
renting classroom space at Pulaski Heights Elementary School in Little Rock.
Additional grades were developed one year at a time thereafter, ending with the
eighth grade. For forty-nine years, she served as the Director of The Anthony
School, overseeing its administration while also teaching in the classrooms and
knowing every child and his or her progress on a steady basis. She schooled her
teachers in a particular methodology that is now common in our educational
systems, blending writing and reading to create greater literacy, and teaching
in a sequence that was developmentally appropriate. Aside from the academic
teaching, Jeanne Anthony directed numerous children's theatre productions with
scripts and music written by her parents, and taught many young people to
She authored several journal articles concerning academic therapies and
collaborated with UAMS faculty members, Dr. John Peters and Dr. Sam Clements, to
establish the Child Study Center, including the Therapeutic Day School for
children with learning disabilities. She co-founded the Arkansas Association for
Children with Learning Disabilities, now named Learning Disabilities Association
of Arkansas, and served as an officer and board member of the organization. She
served as treasurer of the Arkansas Council of Exceptional Children and was a
member of the organization's Panel on Gifted and Talented Children. She was a
delegate to the first White House Conference for Children and Youth and served
as a member of the Governor's Advisory Committee for Early Education.
She developed methodologies individually adapted to the needs of both gifted
and learning-disabled children. For this and for her other efforts to improve
the lives of Children, Miss Jeanne received the Jean Lukens Award and was
honored with a scholarship in her name for teacher training at the UAMS Child
Study Center' Day School.
She was a charter member and officer of the Twentieth Century Club and
volunteered at Hope Lodge. She also volunteered at the Florence Crittenden Home
and the Ada Thompson Home. She was active in church organizations and attended
Pulaski Heights United Methodist Church. She enjoyed theatre, dancing, traveling
with friends and family, and directing plays.
She was preceded in death by her husband, parents, and older brother, General
Winston Peabody Wilson, Jr. of Forrest City and Washington, D.C. She is survived
by her brother, Robert Martin Wilson and his wife, Jane McGehee Wilson of Little
Rock; her daughters, Andrea Anthony Romine and her husband, James C. Romine of
Fayetteville and Dee Ann Anthony Newell and her husband, Frank B. Newell of
Little Rock; grandchildren, James Anthony Romine and wife Brandy Shawn Romine of
Alma, John Allen Buchanan of Seattle, Washington, Anna Massie Newell of Little
Rock, Matthew Moody Romine of Fayetteville, great-granddaughters, Mariah Nichole
Romine of Fayetteville, Dylan Kay Romine of Alma, and step-great-grandson,
Daniel Grayson Hubbard of Alma; her two nephews, Robbie Wilson of White Cliffs,
Florida and Charles Arthur Wilson of Little Rock, and great-nieces, Helen
Peabody Wilson and Gillian Herrick Wilson and great-nephew, Robert Martin Wilson
III, cousins, Catherine Cockrill and her husband Dr. Howard Cockrill, Virginia
Young and Jennifer Wilson Harvey all of Little Rock, and special friends,
Elizabeth and Jim Tom Caplinger of Hot Springs, Yolanda Woods of North Little
Rock and Evelyn Nwachukwu of Little Rock, Glenda Mosley of Mayflower, and all of
the wonderful staff at Arkansas Hospice, Inc.
A memorial service will be held at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, January 15 at Pulaski
Heights United Methodist Church with Rev. Dr. Jeffrey Hampton officiating .
Following the service, friends are invited to gather at 5414 Edgewood Road. A
private burial service will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers,
memorials may be made to Arkansas Voices for the Children Left Behind at 311
North Elm Street, Little Rock, AR 72205 or Centers for Youth and
Families/Parenting from Prison Programs at 5905 Forest Place, Little Rock, AR.
Arrangements are by Ruebel Funeral Home. www.ruebelfuneralhome.com.
- So sorry to learn of your Mother's death, you are in my thoughts and
prayers during this difficult time.
Marilyn Brodie Archer
De Queen, Arkansas
- Note to Dee Ann: Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family in
this time of loss which we know is difficult at any age. The following are
scriptures that helped us and grow more powerful within us with each passing
day. Ecclesiastes 12:6, Or ever the silver cord be loosed, or the golden
bowl be broken, or the pitcher be broken at the fountain, or the wheel
broken at the cistern. 7, Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was:
and the spirit shall return unto God who gave it. 2 Corinthians 5:6
Therefore we are always confident, knowing that, whilst we are at home in
the body, we are absent from the Lord: 7, (For we walk by faith, not by
sight:) 8, We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the
body, and to be present with the Lord.
Don Keene & Family
Hall 1964 Classmate
- Dee Ann: I am really sorry to hear about your mom. She was an extremely
nice person who I remember not only as your sweet mom, but as a teacher of
mine as well. I learned a lot at Miss Jeanne's including manners and how to
dance. I tell friends every now and then that I won "best dancer"
at Miss Jeanne's in the seventh grade...I must have been a better dancer
then because they don't believe me now. Your mom had a positive impact on me
at a young age, and I have not forgotten it. Please know that I am thinking
about you and wish you and your family the best during this tough time.
Jim "Jimbo" Callaway
San Antonio, Texas
- My three children, Olin, Marianne, and Sheryl attended Kindergarten at the
Jeanne Anthony School. This gave them the best start to attend the public
schools. Jeanne was very kind and a good friend.
Little Rock, Arkansas
- I love you Bobum....Terri
Terri Campbell Korn
Fernandina Beach, Florida
- William A. Smith
Little Rock, Arkansas
- My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Diane Wightman Battle
Olmsted Falls, Ohio
- Dee Ann, Our hearts and prayers are with your family.
John Richard Bates
Colonel, United States Marine Corps
- What a wonderful life and so many beautiful memories of our parents
together. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
Jane Wood Hulsey
The Woodlands, Texas
- Jo Kelly Edwards
Mountain Brook, Alabama
- Dee Ann and Family, My mom died one week ago and we're still in process
ourselves. I've always been so respectful of your mother and her legacy...as
well as of you and the work you're now doing. My thoughts will be with all
of you in the days to come.
Beverly Montgomery Dunaway
Vice President, Sustainable Strategies, Inc.
Mtn. View, Arkansas
- Dee Ann and Family, Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family
at this time.
Dub & Corinne Allen
Little Rock, Arkansas
- Linda Phillips Watts
- To the Anthony Family. I did not know Ms. Anthony personally, but my
deepest sympathy to her family and friends. What I do know is that she was a
dedicated person that created a school that is the finest in our city. What
a wonderful establishment she created. We were proud to have had our child
in the school for the whole 8 years, she would still be there if the school
went through high school. Her legacy will go on for years to come through
the education that all Anthony students receive in their time at her school.
Jeanenne W. Vowell
Little Rock, Arkansas
- Dear Dee Ann, I just want you to know that my thoughts and prayers are
with you and your family. Your mother was a wonderful lady who impacted many
lives and left her mark on society. She was precious in your sight,even when
she grew old. I certainly know what it is to loose someone so dear and close
to you and your only hope is that you will see her in Heaven,and that she is
in a wonderful place. I love you and will keep you close in my heart in the
Mary Kay Wilson Thomas
Little Rock. Arkansas
- I am so sorry to hear about the death of your mother. She was a wonderful
- Andrea and Bobum, June, Bunny, Geoff and I are all so very sorry about the
loss of your mom. I was one of the fortunate ones to have started with one
of her first classes (I think it was her second class) and grew up with her.
Nursery school, Kindergarten, summer camps (and a counselor at the camp
later) dance lessons, then I helped her teach dancing. She will be missed by
everyone who's life she ever touched. Love,
Dr. H. F. "Bunny" Brown, III
Podiatric Physician & Surgeon
Little Rock, Arkansas
- Dee Ann, So sorry to hear about your mother's death. My husband, Charlie
went to her school in 1947 and has fond memories of his accellerated start
in life due to your mother. She is now in heaven "where she was born to
be", as Fr. Malone from Christ the King would say. You and your family
are in our prayers. God bless you,
Carole Bowman Cook and Charlie Cook, Jr.