Anna Travelstead


SPRINGFIELD – Anna Williams Travelstead, 67, of Springfield, passed away Oct. 30, 2019, at her home.

Her family will host a celebration of life from 3 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 16, at Butler Funeral Home, 900 S. Sixth St., Springfield. Friends, colleagues and the public are welcome to attend.

Mrs. Travelstead was born June 22, 1952, at Brocton, the daughter of the late George and Freda Davis Williams. She married her college sweetheart Stan Travelstead Dec. 30, 1972, and he survives.

She is also survived by a daughter, Dr. Lindsay (Patrick) Fazio of Chicago; son, Jeremy Travelstead of Springfield; sister, Jane (Donnie) Rowe of Kansas; brother, Steve (Marty) Williams of Brocton; and several loved cousins, nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her sister, Katy Ingram.

Mrs. Travelstead graduated from Eastern Illinois University in 1973 where she was a member of the Pink Panther Dance Team.

She worked as a flow cytometrist at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine, as well as St. John’s Hospital. She contributed to breakthrough research into disease prevention that was published nationally and featured on NBC’s Today Show. She was active in the local Junior League and board of the Springfield Ballet Company.

Mrs. Travelstead was a member of Illini Country Club where she and her husband golfed. She also enjoyed traveling to Florida and spending time with her friends, family and three grandchildren, Rece, Campbell and Griffin, who affectionately call her “Mamma.” She often told her grandchildren she loved them “to the moon and back” and now she’ll forever watch over them from the stars above.

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