Annie Isabell Jennings

November 30, 1922March 6, 2019

Annie Isabell Jennings (Hayes) passed away March 6th, 2019 at the age of 96-years-old surrounded by family at her longtime home in North Portland. She is preceded in death by husband Vernon Jennings; son Meade Lee Grier Jr., daughters Judith Anne Brooks and Reva Mae Lawrence (Grier); grandson Brian Ballard; granddaughter Hatina Brooks; sister Margaret; and brothers Remus, Ersel, Richard, William (Poodle), and Arthur Hayes; and her dog Snoopy. She was born November 30, 1922 to William A. Hayes and Minnie Jackson in the small town of Forest Green, Missouri. While born in Missouri, she spent the bulk of her growing up in Sioux City, Iowa where her father, a deacon tended to a local farm and her mother took special pride in fixing large dinners to bring the townspeople together. As an adult, she married Meade Lee Grier Sr. in Twinsburg, Ohio with whom she had two of her children. After his passing she returned to Sioux City, Iowa for some time. In the late 40’s, shortly after the Vanport Floods, she would follow the man she would later marry for life, army serviceman Vernon Jennings thousands of miles across the country to make a forever home in Portland, finally saying goodbye to the Midwest for good. The two joined in union in 1952 and welcomed four new children into their family. She spent years working in canneries, before moving on to her profession as a homemaker working throughout the greater Portland-metro area, sometimes walking miles to get to some of her jobs, at a time when busses didn’t run so well; Annie also didn’t learn to drive until her 50’s. When she finally did get her license, she shared a special love for her Chevy Malibu and did not stop driving until well into her 80’s. She was a devout follower of Christ, and had no problem letting folks know. One of her favorite things to tell people was to “keep looking up,” and would often depart by telling folks “see you in the funny papers.” Annie also knew the importance of service. For many years she served as a Girl Scouts leader, a position she took a lot of pride in. Additionally, she spent many-a-campaign cycle at the Elections Office making sure every vote got counted. Bringing people together was one of her favorite things to do, whether through block parties, New Years breakfasts, or impromptu family dinners; when Annie said come, you come. She is survived by sons, Mardas; Ricky; and Jimmy Jennings, and her daughter and longtime caretaker Cheryl Jennings along; sisters Telsia Hayes and Viola Sanders along with a host of grandchildren, great-grandchildren, great-grandchildren, family, and friends. She will be greatly missed. She will be laid to rest at Willamette National Cemetery where she will join her late husband.


  • Visitation Thursday, March 14, 2019
  • Funeral Service Friday, March 15, 2019
  • Committal Service Friday, March 15, 2019

Annie Isabell Jennings

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