Annabelle Weir, 94, passed Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2013, in Englewood, Fla., from a brief illness after surviving well through most of the over eight years she was disabled.
She was born July 29, 1919, in Chillicothe, Ohio, to Ralph Sherlock and Nellie Florence Strausbaugh Pickens.
Annabelle and husband Virgil “Johnny” Weir’s loving marriage began Sept. 4, 1937. They had fulfilling work lives, and retired to Florida in 1981, and Johnny passed at age 65 in 1984. Thereafter, for 17 years Annabelle was close to “Steve” Proctor of Venice, Fla., until his 2003 death. Over 20 years, Annabelle was a factory worker for the Red Cross/American Shoe Corporation. Consecutively over 14 years, she was Office Manager and Optometry Technician for three Chillicothe optometrists.
Upon retirement, Annabelle joined Englewood United Methodist Church, where she was an active UMW member, and an usher for 10 years. As one of the Englewood Christian Women’s Club founders, she was their greeter for over 21 years. She helped open Englewood Community Hospital as a volunteer, where she served weekly for 20 years. As long as she was able, into her 80s she comforted many there as an ICU/surgical waiting room receptionist. For 10 years, she called bingo and provided prizes for River Oaks care home residents. She tallied over 14,000 greeting cards and letters she mailed from 1981-2004, until she was no longer able.
Annabelle was dedicated to brightening the lives of countless friends, extended family, and even strangers. Truly an “earth angel,” she remained beautiful in appearance and spirit until receiving her heavenly wings.
She had no children, but she was close to her niece in the end, Caroline J. McCoy of Chillicothe and Englewood; joined by dear caregiver, Claudia Sewell; and close friend, Tim Dugan. Annabelle was preceded in death by her husband, Johnny; and only sibling, Aline Frances Pickens McCoy both of Chillicothe and Englewood. After Aline’s 1995 passing, only child Caroline shared with Annabelle the honor of being the last lineal descendants of Wesley and Caroline Railsbach Pickens of Chillicothe.
An Englewood memorial service will occur at a later date. Mrs. Weir will be interred with her husband in Chillicothe. In lieu of flowers, tax-deductible gifts may be sent to Englewood United Methodist Church, 700 E. Dearborn Street, Englewood, FL 34223.