Americanna Magness was a beloved Champion of the Arts in the Ozarks. On April 2, 2020, Americanna quietly passed from this life leaving behind a legacy of hard work and dedication to several area organizations including the Branson Regional Arts Council.

First Presbyterian Church of Branson will will be hosting a Celebration of Life for Americanna Magness on Saturday, July 30, 2022 at 2 pm.

Americanna prepares her costume for the Gone With The Wind Gala.

Americanna May (Awbrey) Magness was born in Springfield, Missouri on May 27, 1942 passed away peacefully in Branson, Missouri. As an active Board Member for the Branson Arts Council and many other organizations, she brought a extra special spark of magic and creativity to every project and every person she was associated with. She is greatly missed, and the Branson Regional Arts Council encourages everyone who knew and loved Americanna to be sure and attend this special event in her honor.

A musical prelude will begin at 1:30pm with the Celebration of Life service beginning at 2pm. A reception for all family and friends will follow at the Church at approximately 3pm.

If anyone is interested in joining with the “Community” Choir for this special event, they should contact Kyle Denton at fpcbransonmusic@yahoo.com for rehearsal information.

Americanna was a Branson native; she attended Branson schools all her life and graduated from Branson High School in 1960.  She attended Southwest Missouri State (SMSU) for one year, majoring in music performance.  In 1964, she and her family moved to Wichita, KS, where they lived for 33 years.  In 1979, Americanna began to clerk for the USD 259 school district and worked at Wichita High School South for 18 years.  After her retirement in 1997, Tom and Americanna moved back to the Branson area, and spent 22 years living in a cabin on Table Rock Lake in Blue Eye.

Americanna Magness poses with Victor and Megan Jantz portraying Rhett Butler & Scarlett O’Hara at the BRAC Branson Convention Center Art Exhibition

In retirement, Americanna served on various boards for the Taneyhills Community Library; Deacon for the First Presbyterian Church; Board of Directors for the Branson Arts Council and received Art Citizen of the Year (2006); Coordinator of Old Stone Church Concerts; officer of PEO Chapter IB; and helped found the Branson Chamber singers, known today as the Branson Chorale.

Americanna’s loving and selfless spirit will be deeply missed by all.

Also, please visit this special memorial website, OneAmericanna.com, created by her family. You’ll be able to hear Americanna sing one of her favorite songs, “Somewhere Over The Rainbow,” and read an extraordinary letter that she wrote to her friends and family expressing her love of music.

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  1. Mary Ann Sharp
    Mary Ann Sharp says:

    Americanna would be thrilled to be honored this way. As a former board member and president of BAC, I got to know her as we both shared our love for musical theatre. This is a fitting tribute to a wonderful and giving woman. Break a Leg!

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