Having lived a full and fruitful life of 101 years, Annie Zahnow departed this world on Aug 6, 2016 after a short illness. She was born on January 2, 1915, to William Edward Jones and Edith Annie Martinson in Goole, England, UK, growing up as one of 8 children and working in the family business as hotel operators in Blackpool. During the Second World War, she met a GI, Emmett Osburn, Sgt US Army, whom she married in 1947 after emigrating to the United States, living in Marysville. Following his death in 1965, she married Clarence Zahnow of Bellingham, WA, a widower with three sons, on June 23, 1967. They established their household in Bellingham and were married until Clarence's death in 1979. She continued to live in the family home for the following thirty years, and she was a long time member and supporter of the Cornwall Park Church of God during this time. For the past ten years, she lived in the Parkway Chateau and Summit Place communities. She enjoyed walking, particularly to and from our city parks, nearly every day, was a crack Scrabble player, and was fit and active until her final days. She also enjoyed travel, a good meal, and when she could a nice glass of wine. She is predeceased by step son Lyle Zahnow, Port Orchard (2015), and is survived by relatives in England- notably nephew John McGlynn of Blackpool, by two of her step sons (Norman Zahnow, Ephrata, and Jerome Zahnow, Whatcom County), and several grandchildren and many more great grandchildren. Her mortal remains will be interred at Bayview Cemetery following a family memorial gathering, which she will enjoy from her place above.
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Published in Bellingham Herald on Aug. 21, 2016