AnnaBelle Shula Newhall
February 20, 1922 – June 10, 1991
Annabelle was born on February 20, 1922, in Santa Cruz, California, to Frank and Zelma Shula. She had two brothers, George and Donald, and three sisters, Zelma, Daisy and Frankie. The family lived in the home built by their father on Chanticleer Avenue. Annabelle attended Live Oak Elementary School and Santa Cruz High School. It was at high school that she met her future husband, Floyd Newhall.
Ann was married to Floyd Newhall on June 26, 1942. Immediately following their wedding, they moved to West Sacramento, California, where Floyd was employed as a plumber and worked with his dad and brothers. After living in several different homes in the area, in 1947 they built a home on Partridge Avenue which was then located in the rural area now known as South Port. When Ann died, she and Floyd were short just 2 weeks from celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary.
Ann was a true homemaker. She maintained her home, enjoyed gardening, raising their own vegetables and fruit, while raising two daughters, Janice and Christine, born in 1944 and 1947. As a family, they enjoyed many camping trips and short weekend visits to Santa Cruz to be with family.
In 1959, Ann took some business courses, including shorthand, and prepared to enter the workforce. She was hired at the California State Franchise Tax Board in 1961, beginning her career as an intermittent employee whose responsibility was to type envelopes for tax returns. She proved herself as a hard worker and was given more responsibilities, gradually working on one of the first computers, learning to use the equipment without an instruction book because none was available. Ann continued to work at the State Agency until 1978 when she retired at age 55.
Ann and her family were active members of First Baptist Church of West Sacramento from 1952 until Ann died. She was faithful to take her family to church. She was actively involved at First Baptist Church of West Sacramento for many years.
In 1961, Floyd and Ann opened City Plumbing Company which focused on small plumbing repairs. Ann performed the administrative and bookkeeping responsibilities while Floyd served their customers. They successfully ran this business until 1985.
Ann loved to travel, enjoying many camping and fishing trips with her family. They visited many of the State and National Parks on the West Coast, including Yellowstone and Calgary in Canada. In 1968, they graduated from their camping tent to a small camp trailer. Later they also purchased a camper for their pickup. Ann traveled to the East Coast to visit Christine and Ron who lived in Asbury Park, NJ, while Ron was in the Army. She also went on a tour of the Holy Land with friends from her church. While Chris and Ron were stationed in West Berlin on military duty, Ann and Floyd took 5 weeks out of their busy schedule to accompany them on a driving tour of England, France, Switzerland, Austria, Italy and Germany. After retiring, they drove across the United States to the East Coast, visiting sights in Florida and throughout the South.
At the time of her death, Ann had 6 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren. Janice had 2 children, Barbara and Jim, and 2 great grandchildren, Eric and Meghan Haas. Meghan was just a couple weeks old when Ann passed away, but she did see her. Chris had 4 children, Malinda, Tim, Steve and Zack.
Ann was in good health and active until the day she died. Her death was sudden. She and Floyd were visiting her youngest sister, Frankie and her husband Jimmy O’Shaughnessy, at their summer cottage on Lake George in Canada. She died from heart failure. Ann had a deep faith in Christ as her Savior, so she never worried about her future beyond death. She was secure in her faith and looked forward to spending eternity with her Savior in Heaven.
Ann is buried at East Lawn Cemetery on Greenback Lane in Sacramento and is waiting for Floyd to join her in Heaven where they will be “Together Forever.”