Annie Rose Getty passed away on February 28, 2018, at the age of 93. She was preceded in death by her husband John, who died on July 20, 1978 at the age of 64.
Annie Rose was born in the city of Neem, Louisiana, at Neem Hospital, which does not exist anymore. She ended up growing up in Leesville. She was the sixth of eight children, the youngest of three girls, and was a cheerleader in high school. She was working at Camp Polk (now Fort Polk) at dances for the USO when a much older Army musician named John Getty took one look at her and told his friend, “that’s the girl I’m going to marry.” None of us in the family ever quite heard the whole story, but he turned out to be right.
Annie Rose loved cats, and photography (until her hands became too unsteady to use the camera – she also found less joy in it after John died), and the Dallas Cowboys (although she’d always watch the Saints when then were on), and watching the news and yelling out loud at whatever Republican was in office. She also loved puzzle books and reading, too, and she was crazy about her two great-grandchildren, Lucy Rose (her namesake) and John Carl (her John’s namesake).
Annie Rose is survived by her daughter Jane Getty Granger and her son-in-law Carl Granger, her granddaughters Kate Granger and Amy Granger Pace and her son-in-law Daniel Pace, plus their children Lucy Rose and John Carl Pace. She is also survived by her brother George Martin and his wife Mary Kathryn, and Pat Martin, who was married to her youngest brother Lynn Martin.