Obituary

Annabelle Glasgow

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PHILADELPHIA, Pa. — Annabelle Glasgow was born on September 17, 1938 to Dorothy Mae Glasgow and Odell Davis in Newberry, South Carolina. She transitioned at St. Ignatius Nursing and Rehab Center on July 24, 2018 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Ann, as she was lovingly called, was educated in the Newberry school system, graduating from Gallman High School in 1957. She was baptized at an early age at Old Beaverdam Baptist Church in Newberry, S.C. In Philadelphia, she was a member of Triumph Baptist Church under the leadership of Pastor James Hall, attending until prevented to do so because of her disability.

Annabelle was raised by her grandmother, Emma Glasgow, along with cousins, James and Johnnie Glasgow. She moved to Philadelphia soon after graduating from high school and began working at the U.S. Mint on Spring Garden Street. After that employment, she became a banquet server, working in various hotels throughout the Philadelphia area. She really loved being a banquet server because she got a chance to meet people and was exposed to all types of fancy foods. She was excited when she saw someone she knew at one of those affairs where she was working. She served as Shop Steward for local union H.E.R.E. Ann was a workaholic, so when the banquet business was slow, she worked as a home health aide. Her last assignment was the day before she had her double knee surgery in December 2010.

Ann loved to cook, sew and grow garden plants. She initialed one of the first community gardens in the Tioga area. She made sure that the gardeners were educated in learning to can and freeze their crop.

Ann never had any children of her own, but helped raise her niece, Renee Alexander and her brother, Lewis, and Edward (Lil Ed) Cottrell Jr. During most summers she had cousins, Tracey and Niesha Samuel, up from South Carolina,

Annabelle was preceded in death by: her parents, Dorothy and stepfather, Willie Reid Sr. and her biological father, Odell; sister, Claudette Reid Osborne; and brother, Thomas Davis. She leaves to sustain her memory: her longtime partner, Edward Cottrell Sr.; Reid Siblings, Beatrice, Willie Jr. (Cathy), Doris Combs, Emmalee Kennedy, Brenda Reid and Robert (Vernice); Davis siblings, James Odell Davis (Angie), Daisy Pringle (James), Ella Hunter (David), Francis Garrett (Reginal), Sandra Riley (Danny), Rebecca Veney (Frank) and Betty Mosley (Thomas); one aunt, Cleathie Mae Rikard; one great aunt, Hannah Suber of Newberry, S.C.; and a host of nieces, nephews and many cousins.

A memorial service will be held on Friday, August 3, 2018 at 1:00 p.m. at Foster Memorial Baptist Church, 18th & York Streets. Interment is private.


Published in The Newberry Observer from Aug. 1 to Aug. 2, 2018