Annie's Story

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"I was born January 6, 1923 in Nacogdoches County, TX. It was before computers, televisions, and cell phones...I was the second of five girls and grew up in the country with no electricity and no running water." (excerpt from The Life and Times of Annie Lou Baxter-Rosser by Annie Lou Rosser). Annie Rosser of Mesquite, TX, daughter of Robert and Maggie Partin Baxter, died peacefully in the home of one of her six children surrounded by her family, on March 1, 2017. She was 94 years old. Annie was well known by her many friends in the areas of Dallas, Athens and Nacogdoches as one of those magnetic personalities who never met a stranger. Joyous laughter and loving smiles surrounded her always. She grew up in the house that her daddy built in Looneyville, TX. She played softball and volleyball at Cushing High School, graduating in 1943. During World War II, Annie worked in Beaumont, TX. She corresponded by mail for nearly two years with Staff Sergeant James Lee Rosser of the U.S. Air Corps. He was stationed in China. Annie and James fell in love via the U.S. mail. They met for the first time at the Houston bus station in 1946, the day before Annie's 23rd birthday. Six weeks later they were married in Beaumont. Annie's beloved James passed away on March 22nd, 1977. Annie's first love was for God, followed by her family, followed by friends, card games, board games and quilting. Since 1987, she hand-pieced well over 100 quilt tops. She won many awards for her quilts and was a former President of the East Texas Quilt Guild. Annie Lou Rosser is preceded in death by three of her sisters, Hilda Maxine Shilling, Maida June Randall, and Mabel Jonell Mikule. She is survived by her sister, Gayla Ruth Terry of Lufkin, Texas. She is also survived by her children, Jeff, John, Joe, Bill, Deborah and Mike Rosser as well as 21 grandchildren, 27 great grandchildren, and 1 great great grandchild. Annie Lou Rosser: "The hope I have for my future generations is that they inherit our love for God and our family's good qualities and that they work on the bad qualities and have our good sense of humor." Visitation is scheduled for 12:30 PM at Waterview Church of Christ, 1409 N. Waterview Dr., Richardson, TX followed by funeral services beginning at 2:00 PM. Graveside services will follow at Restland Cemetery, 13005 Greenville Ave., Dallas, TX.
Published on March 2, 2017
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