Annie Glenn, Widow of Legendary Astronaut John Glenn, Passes Away of COVID-19 at 100
It has just been reported that Annie Glenn, the widow of the legendary astronaut John Glenn, has passed away at the age of 100 from coronavirus.
Fox News reported that Annie’s death was confirmed by Hank Wilson, a spokesman for the Glenn College of Public Affairs at The Ohio State University, who said that she died at a nursing home in St. Paul, Minnesota. She had moved to the state because her daughter lived there after her husband died back in 2016 at the age of 95. They had been married for 73 years at the time of his death.
“This is a very sad day for all Ohioans,” Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine said as he prepared to sign an order to have flags flown at half-mast for Annie until her funeral. “Annie Glenn was certainly our most beloved Ohioan. There wouldn’t have been a John Glenn without Annie Glenn. Theirs is an inspiring love story. She represented all that is good about our country.”
Annie and John met when they were small children, and they went on to be high school sweethearts before marrying in 1943, just after John received his commission in the Marines. Annie became an overnight household name in 1962, when her husband became the first American to orbit the moon, but she tried to avoid the media as much as possible due to the fact that she suffered from a speech stutter.
“I realized I was not normal,” Annie later admitted of dealing with her stutter. “I was lucky to have grown up where I was accepted. When I went out in the world, even to Zanesville and Cambridge, I had a lot of hurt feelings. I knew I was loved and accepted in New Concord.”
Annie went on to overcome her stutter when she completed an intensive program at the Communications Research Institute at Hollins College, now Hollins University, in Roanoke, Virginia. When John went back to space in 1998 at the impressive age of 77, Annie was far more comfortable with media attention. She admitted at the time that she was not totally pleased with her husband’s plans to go back to space, however.
“John had announced one year before that he was going to retire as a senator, so I was looking forward to having him as my own because I had given him to our government for 55 years,” she said at the time.
Annie is survived by her two children, and her virtual memorial is set to be held on June 6.