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Annanell Leggatt

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Annanell “Anne” Isabell Leggat passed away peacefully in her Rixeyville, Va., home of nearly 22 years on Tuesday, December 4, 2012, at the age of 80.

She is married to and survived by Edward “Ted” Brown Leggat. Ted and Anne, married for time and all eternity, were together as husband and wife on earth for more than 63 years. Anne was a wonderful wife and a remarkable mother to Scott, Rob, Heather and Beth, all surviving. She counted 58 grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great grandchildren within her immediate family. She was also known as “Grammy” to hundreds more. A natural teacher and leader, Anne headed up numerous civic, social and church associations throughout her life. She was a true global citizen. From Europe, to Thailand, to China, to Australia and the Marshall Islands, she lived and traveled around the world and reveled in its diversity. While teaching in Thailand, she welcomed into her family a young Thai student, Sontaya Prompongsatorn, who called his “mom” regularly for more than 40 years.

She was extremely active in her church, holding numerous positions — her favorite always being those that involved children. Anne was known for her quick wit, easy laugh, free spirit, inner strength and fierce independence. Heaven on earth for her was her Virginia mountain home where she found joy with her family among the trees, the wild flowers and the menagerie of wildlife. She was a voracious reader who read and reread Mark Twain, Oscar Wilde and Roald Dahl among many others. She had a special fondness for children’s literature and could hold a group of children and adults spellbound with her storytelling ability.

She was a painter, woodworker and baker. Her sticky-bottomed hot cinnamon rolls were legendary. She was also a superb seamstress and of late, welcomed dozens of newborns inside and outside the family, known and unknown to her, with her colorful one-of-a kind, “Eye Spy” quilts. Annanell was the daughter of Henry Harrison and Mary Alice McCardell of Goldendale, Washington, and the youngest of seven children. She is survived by her sister, Jean, and brother, Bill. Anne will be missed, but her spirit and love will always surround those she touched.

A memorial service will be held at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 420 Willow Lawn Drive, Culpeper, Virginia, at 10 a.m. on Saturday, December 22, 2012.

For more information please writeannanellgrammy@gmail.com. The family requests that in lieu of flowers a donation be made to the Hospice of the Rapidan, P.O. Box 1715, Sunset Lane, Suite 2320, Culpeper, VA 22701.

 

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