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Anne Karen Nettleton

KSAL StaffMay 10, 2019

Anne Karen “Miss N” Nettleton, 74, of Salina, passed away April 3, 2019 after battling multiple myeloma since 2013. Anne was born in Warren, Ohio, to Katherine Anne (Maurer) Nettleton and Willard Winter Nettleton. She grew up in Seattle, Wash., and Stillwater, Okla. She attended Webster College in St. Louis and received both Bachelor and Master of Arts in Education degrees from Oklahoma State University.
She taught elementary art in Salina for 37 years from 1973 until her retirement in 2010. She was known and loved by thousands of children, parents, and teaching colleagues as “Miss N”. In 1994 she was honored as a Kansas Master Teacher by Emporia State University for her mastery and excellence as an exemplary teacher.

In the community Anne served on the board of the Salina Art Center and taught summer art classes for children there for many years. She was an enthusiastic advocate for the arts in Salina and an avid film buff who loved the Salina Art Center Cinema.

It seemed wherever Miss N went she was greeted enthusiastically by current and former students, parents, and friends eager to tell her about what they were doing. With her keen intelligence, love of reading and interest in practically any subject Anne could and would strike up a conversation with anyone. She never met a stranger. She always had a story to tell and liked an audience.

Anne had a legion of friends. She was an active member of a group of art teachers who called themselves “the Colby Connection” and met annually to share ideas, create art, and challenge themselves. With her friends she shared travel and dinners, a video club she hosted in her living room, a weekly cinema group and the very special “Chenille Sisters”.

She is survived by her cat, Lulu, lots of cousins, and countless friends. Anne was preceded in death by her parents.

A Celebration of Life Memorial will be held for “Miss N” at 7 p.m. Saturday, June 8, 2019, at the Salina Art Center, 242 S Santa Fe Ave.

Memorials can be made to:
Salina Art Center, 242 S Santa Fe Ave, Salina, KS 67401
Salina Public Library, 301 W. Elm, Salina, KS 67401
Kansas Public Television, 320 West 21st Street North, Wichita, KS 67203
National Public Radio, Radio Kansas, 815 N. Walnut, Suite 300, Hutchinson KS 67501

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