Anna Dean Wood Compton

Anna Dean Wood Compton, 88 of Clifton, TX passed away peacefully on, Jan. 20, 2019 at Goodall-Witcher Nursing Facility. Funeral services were held Jan. 24 at First Baptist Church with Dr. Jerry Smith officiating. Burial followed at Meridian Cemetery. Visitation was held from Jan, 23, at Clifton Funeral Home.  

Anna was born in Meridian, TX on March 28, 1930 to Levi Franklin and Lola A. Finstad Wood.

She attended schools in Meridian, Norse, Hico, and Clifton. In 1947, she graduated from Clifton High School. She then attended Clifton College until 1949. She was very active in the college choir and traveled to many different places performing and enjoying the camaraderie with college classmates.

On Jan. 1, 1954, she married Phillip Etheredge in Clifton. To this union one son, Don Anthony (Tony) Etheredge was born. Returning home to Clifton, Anna married Marcus L. Compton on Oct. 9, 1959, making their home on the farm in Clifton. To this union two children were born, Marissa A. (Sissy) Compton and Mitchell Kirk Compton.

Anna worked during her early years as a bookkeeper and bank teller at Farmer’s State Bank in Clifton. She went on to be a sportswear business owner in downtown Clifton.

A devoted member of First Baptist Church in Clifton, Anna served in her devotion to the study of God’s word. She attended three other churches while living in different places in her lifetime. Those included First Baptist in Victory, TX, Abbeville, LA, and Meridian, TX.

She enjoyed several hobbies including, reading, writing letters to family and friends, playing scrabble and other table games. She was always a fair player showing no mercy to her much loved family members and friends - she played to win. She also enjoyed the water. Anna spent many summers at the “Mermaid” swimming pool, Meridian Creek, or traveling to Galveston Island. She truly was a beautiful mermaid.

Anna’s life was a testimony to her Lord. She was always kind to others and helpful to those in need. She was a loving and kind daughter, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.

She was preceded in death by her parents Frank and Lola Wood; baby sister Doris June Wood and son, Mitchell Kirk Compton.

She is survived by her children Don Anthony (Tony) Etheredge and wife Susan, Sissy Zander and husband Robbie; grandchildren Daniel Frank Etheredge, Amy Railsback and husband Marcus, Jade Selman and husband Brandon, Star Binkoski and husband Brian, Michael Compton and wife Alyssa; daughter-in-law Lucy Compton; great-grandchildren Mason and Brady Kyle Railsback, Evan, Conner, Chloe, Elin and John Henry Selman, and baby Adlee Compton due in March.

Pallbearers wereTony Etheredge, Michael Compton, Robbie Zander, Marcus Railsback, Brandon Selman, Brian Binkoski, and Gene Finstad.

Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church, Clifton. Condolences may be made at

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