AnnaMae Cousart, 89, went to be with the Lord on August 24, 2012. AnnaMae was born on May 29, 1923, in Soudersburg, Pennsylvania, to Charles and Florence Personeus, Assemblies of God missionaries to Alaska. AnnaMae grew up in Juneau. She graduated from Ketchikan High School and attended Northwest Bible Institute in Seattle. She met and married Coastguardsman Robert E. Cousart on August 16, 1944, in Ketchikan.
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After completing ministerial studies, the couple returned to Alaska in 1948 to help the Personeuses build the Pelican church, then moved to Juneau to operate a children's home. In 1958, the Cousarts began pastoring full time-in Pelican, Seward, and Valdez. In 1973, they accepted the pastorate of the Assembly of God in Naches, Washington. Over the next 25 years, they pastored in Union Gap, Kittitas, and Ellensburg. AnnaMae worked alongside her husband in music, children's and women's ministries, and visitation. The Cousarts retired from full-time ministry in April 1997 and resided at Dry Creek, where AnnaMae played the piano before meals until she moved to Rehab last October.
AnnaMae wrote many Christian songs and compiled them into a book. She also wrote articles, short stories, and teaching materials for church publications. An excellent seamstress, she invented a method of crocheting with plastic wrap and wrote AnnaMae's Plastic Wrap Crochet Craft. She sold her items in craft and gift stores but gave more away as gifts.
She is survived by her husband of 68 years, Rev. Robert E. Cousart; two daughters, Rev. AnnaLee Conti, of Beacon, New York, and Mrs. Kathleen McAlpine, of Hoven, South Dakota; a son, Robert P. Cousart, of Yakima; a foster daughter, Gardenia Ruiz Schmidt, of Auburn; eight grandchildren; sixteen great-grandchildren; several foster grandchildren and great-grandchildren. AnnaMae was preceded in death by her parents, Rev. and Mrs. Charles C. Personeuses; a brother, Rev. C. Byron Personeus; and a foster daughter, Barbara Capjohn Chu.
A memorial service will be held at Ellensburg Assembly of God Family Christian Center, 701 E. Capitol Avenue, on Saturday, September 22, at 2:00 p.m. Memorial donations may be made to Ellensburg Assembly of God or to Hospice in care of Brookside Funeral Home 101 E 2nd Ave Ellensburg, WA 98926. Arrangements are being handled by Brookside Funeral Home.
Published in Daily Record from September 15 to September 22, 2012