Annie Beatrice Everett Tomlin, age 102, passed away February 24th in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Annie Bea was born in Rising Star, Texas on May 19th, 1914, the sixth of seven children. With World War I in full swing, her father and his brother-in-law, John Cox, decided to move their wives and children closer to family in East Texas. They traveled by covered wagon, quite an adventure for a 4-year-old. Her father, Frank C. Everett, and mother, Mamie Cox Everett, bought a small farm near a little community known as Doodleville. Annie attended schools in the area including Jewett and Marquez High School where she was a member of the Yellow Jacket Pep Squad. Due to serious illness, she had to leave school during her junior year. After a long convalescence, she moved to San Antonio where she met and married Arthur (Tommy) Tomlin on October 31, 1942.
Their only child, Frances, was born in 1943. Annie stayed in San Antonio while Tommy served in World War II. After his return, they lived in San Antonio for more than 50 years. Tommy continued a military career until retirement when he joined the U.S. Postal Service. Annie began a successful real estate career in the 1950’s until she retired in the early 1970’s. During those years, she was a consummate homemaker, gardener, church worker and caregiver to her mother, who lived to be 100. Among her activities, she was a long-time member of the San Pedro Church of Christ and enjoyed the Alpha Xi Delta Mother’s Club. Annie loved her family and her East Texas roots. She regularly joined other Everett and Cox family members each year at the Sardis Memorial. She also valued education and was proud to see her daughter achieve a Ph.D. from the University of Texas (Austin) in 1977.
After nearly 56 years of marriage, Arthur passed away in 1998. In 2002, Annie moved to Colorado Springs, CO to be near her daughter. Annie was preceded in death by not only her parents but all of her siblings—Lee Beddingfield, Margaret Ware, Olin (Ted) Everett, John Irby Everett, Francis Everett, and Pat White. She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Fran and Art Dudenhoeffer, as well as many who are beloved nieces, nephews, cousins, and their children. She will be buried with Tommy at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions in honor of Annie can be sent to the Sardis Cemetery Association, C/O Paul Bottoms, 16608 FM 1469, Marquez, TX 77865 or to any favorite charity. A service was held on Thursday, March 9, 2017, 1:00p.m., at Porter Loring Mortuary, 1101 McCullough Ave., San Antonio, Texas 78212.
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