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Services will be held Monday for Anne L. Shuell of East Amherst, a health care author and lecturer who served as a source of inspiration during a long battle with multiple sclerosis. Mrs. Shuell, 59, died Tuesday (Dec. 23, 1997) in Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester after a brief illness.

Prayers will be said at 9:15 a.m. in Amigone Funeral Home, 5200 Sheridan Drive, Amherst, followed by services at 10 in St. John Lutheran Church, 6540 Main St., Amherst.

Burial will in St. John's Cemetery, Cheektowaga.

Born in Los Angeles, the former Anne L. Bougher received her teaching degree from Oregon State University in 1960 and taught for five years in California schools before moving to Buffalo in 1967.

She was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 1972 but continued -- despite her physical limitations -- as a teacher's aide for more than five years at Maple Elementary in the Williamsville district.

During the 1980s, Mrs. Shuell became a consultant and lectured to students and professionals in the health care field. She served on the MS Society board of directors from 1982 to 1994 and was chairwoman of its education committee.

She received numerous awards and citations for courage and inspiration. In 1993, she delivered a commencement speech at the University at Buffalo and also was a speaker at the Chautauqua Institute. She recently finished the second edition of her 1993 book, "Welcome to My World."

Mrs. Shuell was a longtime usher at Studio Arena Theatre and also was a devotee of concerts and plays. In addition, she enjoyed listening to music and being with her grandchildren.

She is survived by her husband of 37 years, Thomas; two daughters, Kathryn Yarnes of East Amherst and Lisa Wojewoda of Lockport; three sisters, Lynda, Teri and Nancy, all of California; and four grandchildren.


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