Witteman, Anna L. | 1938
- Birth and Death Year | 1871 - 1957
- Induction Year | 1938
- Profession | Civic Leader
- Oklahoma Connection | Witteman came with her parents to Morena, near Stillwater, Oklahoma, in 1889.
- Hometown | Oklahoma City
Deaconess Hospital (now INTEGRIS Deaconess) in Oklahoma City was expanded in 1955 to include a new wing, which was dedicated to Anna Witteman.
“Of course, I accept this as a compliment, not to me, but to the great work I represent and so much love.” - Anna Witteman, 1938
Anna Luella Witteman was born in Ohio and came with her parents to Oklahoma at the age of 18. Not long after, she returned to Kansas to attend school for two years in Arkansas City and for nearly four years at South West Kansas College of Winfield (now Southwestern College). She desired to be a missionary and was accepted to Africa, but serious illness prevented her from going. At the age of 23, Miss Witteman was elected as assistant matron of the Wichita Rescue Home for girls, where she became the assistant superintendent and the superintendent the following year. In 1900, a similar girl’s home was founded in Guthrie, and Miss Witteman was asked to serve as its superintendent. In 1910, the home was moved to a new location at the Deaconess Hospital’s (now INTEGRIS Deaconess) Home of Redeeming Love. In 1923, after two years of special study and reading, she was granted a permanent deaconess license by the Free Methodist Church. Miss Witteman served another 42 years as superintendent before retiring in 1952. During this period, a hospital unit was built in 1931 where she served as administrator until her retirement.