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Ann Marie Hunnicutt, 60, went to be with her lord on Friday, Jan. 4, 2013, after a long period of ill health. It was a matter of pride to her that she lived to be 60, although doctors assured her mother that Annie wouldn't live past age 14.
Ann Marie was preceded in death by her mother Dorothy Ann Hunnicutt Watts; her father William A. Hunnicutt; her fiance Randall Dale Brown; and good friends Aubrey L. Dunn Sr., Edna Coles and Douglas Dillard.
She is survived by her brother Robert Hunnicutt Sr. and wife, Margaret, of Tempe, Ariz.; nieces and nephews Jennifer Ann and Robert William Hunnicutt Jr. and Kenny, Kristi and Greg Gutierrez; stepfather John F. Watts Jr.; and many close friends.
Ann Marie, known as "Annie" to her many friends, wanted her friends and family to be solaced by her firm belief that she was returning to her beloved mother's side.
"Tell people the good old mother-and-daughter team is being reunited," Annie said before her death.
After Dorothy Watts died in 2006, Annie remained in the family home with her stepfather John. She gratefully acknowledged that John Watts continued to provide her with food and shelter after her mother's death until Annie went to stay at Casa Arena Blanca Nursing Center during the last year of her final illness.
Annie was born April 11, 1952, in Tucson, Ariz. She was born with several physical and mental disabilities and described her childhood as "spooky," during which she suffered a great deal of trauma and sadness at the hands of others.
"I had no friends in school in Arizona, and although things improved after we moved to Alamogordo (in 1961), I was stoned by other kids at Alamogordo Middle School when I was in the seventh grade," she recalled. "I felt isolated and sad."
Her survival was due to her mother, who she said, "decided to go to bat for me at school." Annie entered therapy and got special training. After attending for six years and three months, she was graduated from the Alamogordo Center for Exceptional Students in 1972.
She then went back to school at Alamogordo High School for three months and two weeks and was awarded an AHS diploma in 1973.
Annie and her mother Dorothy Watts went everywhere together, working in her mother's city political campaigns, singing in the choir at churches and in the Community Gospel Choir. Annie always signed the Lord's Prayer in American Sign Language during the Martin Luther King Jr. Day concerts, and created Christmas gift packages for lower-income seniors each year.
"People understood that if she was coming, I was part of the package," Annie said with a chuckle. "She cared about me. She would always stay up and look out the window if I went out in the evening. We went out to lunch together every single day, and to breakfast with John on Saturdays. She was one of my very good friends, and she would tell people that I was her best friend."
Annie also worked for Zia Therapy Center in the 1970s. She found her volunteer niche with the New Mexico Association for the Deaf and was an organizer for the 's local every year from 2000-11. She was well-known for her collection of thousands of key chains from around the world, many of them one of a kind, that were brought or sent to her by friends.
After Dorothy's death, Annie became even more active in politics, serving as a volunteer organizer for both David and Gary King. Former state Senate President Pro Tempore Timothy Z. Jennings of Roswell was among her good friends. Annie was a member of Calvary Chapel, having attended several churches in Alamogordo.
Cremation has taken place and a memorial service will be held Thursday, Jan. 10, 2013, at 5 p.m. The service will take place at the Alamogordo Funeral Home, located at 2301 First St. in Alamogordo.
Memorial donations in the name of Ann Marie Hunnicutt can be made to the New Mexico chapter of the , 10501 Montgomery Blvd NE, Ste 300, Albuquerque NM 87111.
The Hunnicutt family has entrusted their loved one to the care of Alamogordo Funeral Home to direct the arrangements. Cremation took place at PCS.
To sign the online register book, please visit www.alamogordofuneralhome.org.
Published in Alamogordo Daily News from Jan. 9 to Jan. 15, 2013
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