Anna Mae Hillje Laster, 79, passed away, Wednesday, February 8, 2017 at her home in Alice, Texas. Anna Mae Hillje was born in Cotulla, Texas February 19, 1937 to Jules and Geneva Hillje. She graduated from Cotulla High School in 1955. Anna Mae married her soulmate G.R. Mann Laster in 1958 and moved to Alice in 1960. As Mann worked his career in the oil and gas fields of south Texas, Anna Mae became a very active member in the Alice Petroleum Wives Club. Anna was a dedicated mother and grandmother. She was known for her award-winning recipes, cakes, and sewing projects.

She was commended for her 19 years of work and service to Jim Wells County Precinct 2, serving first under Hubert Adami, then Tommy Cornelius and Lawrence Cornelius.

Anna Mae was a devoted member of the First United Methodist Church where she sang in the church choir for many years.

Anna Mae was a true lady and a true friend. She will be missed deeply by the many lives she touched.

She was preceded in death by her parents Jules and Geneva Hillje, loving husband, Mann Laster.

Anna Mae is survived by two daughters, Karen Laster Anderson and Kathy Jo (Eddie) Bowen, three grandsons, Billy Kelley, Joshua Bowen, and Blake Anderson, two granddaughters, Joanna Bowen Houge, Amber Minnerick Khalil, and two great-grandsons, Gion Houge and Oliver Khalil, sister, Betty June ( Walter) Koricanek, two brothers, John(Carolyn) Hillje, and Gary (Saralyn) Hillje, five nephews, Walter Koricanek, Jr., Bobby Koricanek, Scotty Hillje, Greg Hillje, and Ricky Hillje, one niece, Stacie Swan and several great-nieces and nephews.

Family will receive friends from 4 to 6 p.m. on Sunday, February 12, 2017 at Holmgreen Mortuary. Funeral Service will be held at 10 a.m. on Monday, February 13, 2017 at First United Methodist Church in Alice with Rev Dale White officiating. Graveside service will be held that same afternoon at 3 p.m. at the Millett Cemetery in Millett, Texas.

Arrangements are entrusted to Holmgreen Mortuary, 2061 East Main Street, Alice, Texas 78332 

Condolences may be offered at holmgrenmortuaryinc.com.