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Ann Bluto leaves a legacy of love an dedication

A special memorial celebration paid honor and tribute to a well-known and much-loved business woman.

Lourette “Ann" Bluto passed away on May 14, at the age of 91. A celebration of life was held on June 28 at the Branson IMAX Complex, with a reception following at McFarlain's Restaurant. Local singers Rick McEwen and Leroy New paid tribute in song.

Ann Bluto was well known in the Branson tourism industry. She and her husband of 44 years, Paul, owned and operated the Branson IMAX Entertainment Complex (recently celebrating their 30th anniversary at IMAX) and the Branson Meadows Cinema, located in the Shoppes at Branson Meadows. Ann and Paul were also owners of several Branson area restaurants—McFarlain's Family Restaurant, Florentina's and Heroes Tastes and Taps.

A hands-on owner, Ann Bluto was dedicated to her businesses and her hard work paid off, as each of the businesses owned by the Bluto family continues to flourish.

Although known and loved by those living in and visiting Branson for many years, Ann and Paul previously resided in Fullerton, California, where Ann owned and operated a mailing and print establishment.

Ann is survived by her husband Paul, and their seven children, 12 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren, and two great-great grandchildren.

Ann Bluto leaves behind a legacy of hard work, dedication, kindness, generosity and unwavering love for her family and friends. She will be also be remembered for her faith and flowers.

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