Annie Cobb

Obituary of Annie Cobb

Annie Delores Cobb was born in Amory, Mississippi to the late Eluster Miller and the late Louise Flowers. She spent her early years in Mississippi and joined the church under the guidance of her grandparents, Reverend John Wesley Smith and Estella Smith. Her love for her church, Northwest Unity Missionary Baptist, is a reflection of the nurturing she received during her foundational years.

From a young age she formed a strong bond with three of her cousins, John Ira, Robert (Pap) and Bronson Smith. These first cousins are known in the family as the Big Four. Annie D. and Cousin Harriett (Miller) Gordon were the best of friends and enjoyed each other's companionship from the time they were small girls. This love of family remained primary throughout her life and was reflected in the many friendships she formed; many relationships lasted for decades.

Annie D. began her education in public schools in Mississippi and continued in Michigan, graduating from Mt. Clemens High School. She married Leo Cobb, Jr., a member of the United States Air Force, and became a devoted wife and mother, living in Europe (France and Spain), and around the United States. The numerous assignments became launching points for sightseeing trips and vacations; she loved to travel and visit new places.

Miss Ann, as she was nicknamed by friends in France, became an excellent cook and hostess. She and Leo regularly hosted servicemen for holiday dinners, especially those who were stationed away from their families. Known by all for her sense of fashion, she shopped in French boutiques and was invited to trunk shows in the early 1960s.

An advocate for education of all forms, Ann was known for encouraging everyone she met to advance themselves by continuing their education. She earned an associate's degree at Mt. Holyoke Junior College; she also completed business school and cosmetology school, and became a licensed realtor.

Ann was preceded in death by her beloved husband and her only son Patrick Michael. She is remembered and will remain in the hearts of her daughter, Trudy D. Cobb Dennard; son-in-law Benjamin Dennard, Jr.; grandson, Jamar Cobb-Dennard; great-granddaughter, Cecelia Ann Cobb-Dennard; sister, Janice M. Haney-McMiller (Ronald McMiller); brother, James Miller; niece, Ra'Jeen Keys; numerous cousins, many other relatives and friends across the country.

Because she loved life, even in her decline, she remained a fighter and a giving, loving mentor and friend.

Celebration of Life Memorial Service, Friday, June 9, 2017 at Northwest Unity Missionary Baptist Church, 8343 Ellsworth Street, Detroit, Michigan 48238, Family Hour 1:00 p.m. and Service 2:00 p.m.

The interment will take place at Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia Friday, June 30, 2017 at 10:00 a.m.