Lillian Annie Mae Liggett
May 12, 1924 – January 31, 2021
Annie King Liggett AKA: Lillian Annie Mae Bowman (L.A.M.B.) was born on May 12, 1924 in Hickory, North Carolina. She was the oldest of 4 girls. Her family moved to Dayton Ohio in the early 40’s. During this time, Annie would work as a volunteer for the war effort and loved taking trips to the beach. Her travel to beaches and other vacation spots was something she would strive to do whenever possible throughout her life. It was during this time that Annie met and married James B. King (Jimmy). They had three children, Bob, Susan and Bill. In 1960 due to Jimmy’s failing health, the family moved for the last time, to Phoenix, Arizona. When Annie’s husband Jimmy could no longer work, Annie left the 50’s housewife role and began to enthusiastically work full-time. Jimmy passed away in 1979.
Annie was an independent woman who would take on any challenge with a smile and determination. She started work on an assembly line at General Electric. However she soon transitioned from GE to Honeywell where Annie continued working as an Administrative Assistant until she retired. Annie became involved in the Honeywell Hikers, an outdoor recreation club for employees who would go on group hiking trips around Arizona. She was also a member of the Scamps, a camping club. She loved the outdoors and traveling as much as she valued the close friends she made within these groups. After Annie retired she continued to keep hiking, camping and traveling; and whenever she really was tired of the heat in Phoenix, she would just take off all summer. She thought nothing of traveling on her own, driving from coast to coast in a car or Volkswagen camper van. When she did not have money for an extended trip, she would load up her camper van and go live on a beach in California. It’s not surprising that Annie had friends all up and down the west coast. In her later years, (never senior) Annie met Phil Liggett, fell in love and married Phil when she was 76 years young. Phil also loved to travel, so they spent many happy years traveling through Europe, Asia and Hawaii. Phil passed away when they were both 86. Annie continued to live very independently for the next five years.
When Annie was 91 she got into a car accident. While Annie always claimed she was an excellent driver, this was not her first accident. What made this one different was that she did not understand that she had been in an accident. With a subsequent diagnosis of Alzheimer’s, she would face the challenge of no longer being able to live by herself or drive. Annie moved into independent living where again, she easily made friends and eventually moved into memory care. People would frequently note her positive nature, she seldom complained and was always happy to see you, even when she no longer knew who you were. Annie passed away in her sleep at 96 years old, on January 31, 2021.
She is survived by her two children, Susan Huitron and Bill King. She followed her oldest son Bob King who passed away only 8 days prior to her, perhaps on their next great journey. Annie had 6 grandchildren, Jim King, Stacee Coleman, Steve Huitron, Sonny Huitron, Will King, and Shannon King. She is also survived by 13 great grandchildren and 8 great-great grandchildren.
Saturday, February 27, 2021