Area resident nominated for state honors
At 83, Anna Landauer, Basehor, continues to go the extra mile to help others.
Landauer is a nominee for this year's Quality of Life award, sponsored annually by the Kansas Department of Aging.
The award each year honors a Kansan who has demonstrated a commitment to working with the elderly.
Landauer, who has been doing volunteer work for most of her adult life, currently serves meals to senior citizens at Hickory Villa, holds a seat on the Council of Aging board which meets once a month, and volunteers one day a week at the Leavenworth Assistance Center.
In addition, she volunteers one day a month at Villa St. Francis Nursing Home in Olathe. She also makes items to sell in the nursing home's gift shop.
Landauer said it seems natural to be helping others, because it's something she learned as a child.
"My mother was a woman who loved to do things for other people," she said.
Ironically, her mother was named as the 1990 recipient of the Quality of Life award. But she never received it in person.
"They called to tell us at 10 o'clock that morning," Landauer said. "But she had died at 2:30 that morning, and so my brother, Albert Doege, and I went and received the award for her."
Landauer has lived in the Tonganoxie and Basehor areas all her life. She graduated from Tonganoxie High School in 1934.
She is known as being the first woman to have served on the Basehor City Council, and, in 1985, Landauer became the first woman to be elected as the mayor of Basehor. She was re-elected in 1989.
Landauer believes it's important to always look at the positive side of life.
"I like to do what I can to make somebody happy every day," Landauer said. "And to do it with a smile."