Annie Roberts Ingle died June 17, 2011 at Pinewood Nursing Home in Colville, just ten weeks short of her 100th birthday.
Annie Bryte Tutherow was born on August 31, 1911 in the farmhouse where her family lived near Crouse, North Carolina. When Annie was a little over two-years-old, typhoid fever struck her family, killing her father at age 31 and leaving her mother to raise five children on a small cotton farm.
Annieâ€™s early life was filled with farm work. The cash crop of that era was cotton and the family raised animals and vegetables for their table. She attended school when work allowed, but had to drop out when she finished the eighth grade because the nearest school was ten miles away and she had no transportation.
As the youngest child, she remained on the farm after her remaining brother and sisters married. She found employment at a nearby cotton mill.
In 1936 she met and married Yates Roberts from Cherryville, North Carolina. They had two children, Al and Beth. During their marriage, Annie supported her family by working as a private seamstress and for clothing manufacturing companies.
Yates died in 1980. In 1987 Annie married Ernest Ingle, a childhood friend. They lived in Lincolnton, North Carolina until his death in 1996.
In 1998 she moved to Kettle Falls to live near her son. She later moved to Parkview Assisted Living and then Pinewood Terrace Nursing Home in Colville.
Annie was a woman of great faith and humility and lived by those principles. Her faith was her strength in times of adversity throughout her life. She was fun-loving and always ready for a new adventure. Retirement offered the time and opportunity to travel and travel she did. She was a talented seamstress who crocheted, quilted and created lace tatting. Her exquisite pieces live on with her family.
She was preceded in death by her two husbands, her son, Al Roberts, and by infant daughter, Beth Roberts.
She is survived by her daughter-in-law, Leila Roberts, Colville; her grandson, Shay Roberts, Valley Village, California, and by her granddaughter, Lyla Roberts of Spokane.
Annieâ€™s wish was to be cremated. Her ashes will be interred at a private service at the Mountain View Park Cemetery in Colville.