Anne Terese Gennette
1956 - 2020

Anne Terese Gennette

May 31, 1956 - December 24, 2020

"A Life Well Lived"

Anne, at the age of 64, died after a brief illness. She is the first daughter of Tom and MaryAnne Gennette .

Anne lived her life in the Kelso-Longview area and was an active Kelso Hilander sports fan, graduating from Kelso High in 1978. Anne loved attending her high school reunions, where she was well liked and voted "Most Spirited". Anne participated in Special Olympics sports including softball, swimming, bowling, track and won many medals that she enjoyed showing to friends and family.

Anne was born with intellectual and physical disabilities that caused her to stop growing at the size of a six year old. At the age of 14 she became part of a research program for Human Growth Hormone at Seattle Children's Orthopedic Hospital. Anne grew 10 inches in 10 years to reach her height of 4 feet 11 inches tall.

Anne completed vocational training with the Adult Developmental Center, Residential Resources and Life Works. She had multiple jobs in the community in office buildings, restaurants and fabric stores. She enjoyed the YMCA Goodtimes program where she met many lifelong friends. Anne faithfully attended the Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church, and participated in the Religious Experience (REX) program for people with and without disabilities. In addition, Anne was politically active advocating for People First as a spokesperson at the state level. She enjoyed traveling especially with her sister, Donna and cousin, Mary, to places such as Disneyland, Alaska, and Hawaii, where she kissed a dolphin. As a crafter, Anne enjoyed painting bird houses, ceramics, knitting hats, and gifting them to friends and family with joy and enthusiasm.

She is survived by mother, MaryAnne, sisters Donna Gennette, Raphielle Chynoweth, and nephews, T.J and Liam Chynoweth; aunts Shirley Knudeson, Linda Waterman, Suzie Cowan, Adrienne Stacey and numerous cousins.

She is preceded in death by her father, Tom Gennette, grandparents Art and Jessie Noseda; Hector and Mathilda Gennette, great grand parents Jack and Ethel Noseda, Mary Richardson; Aunts Patricia Turk, Martha Gratton, Marge Lyster, Uncles Jim Gennette, John Turk, Dale Knudeson and Dave Waterman.

Plans for a rosary, funeral Mass and memorial will be announced at a later date. Remembrances can be made to Lifeworks/ARC at 906 New York Street, Longview, WA 98632, or the Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church 2200 Allen Street, Kelso, WA, 98626.

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Published by The Daily News on Jan. 3, 2021.
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Anne was such an awesome, giving heart, I remember all the days on Barr Dr. all the families and kids and all the wonderful memories. A shining star is now a shining Angel... god be with you and your family
Kim Handley Gabrielson
January 10, 2021
My heart goes out to Anns. Family and friends. I am proud to have had the chance to know Ann professionally and worked closely with her for a couple of years. She was such a kind hearted lady. Everyone that I ever saw her interact with adored her. My heart breaks, And prayers go out to Her mom,sisters, and staff.
Shalisa Caskey
January 10, 2021
I have very fond memories of Anne as I also had the pleasure of taking care of her dental needs with that huge smile! She was always so friendly and full of positivity. I could see her out and about and there was always a hug to be given. My condolences to you Mary Anne, Raphielle, Donna and Family
Teresa ( Wright) Kissinger
January 7, 2021
Dear MaryAnne, I´m so sorry to hear that we´ve lost a precious angel. My heart breaks with yours knowing we won´t be able to experience Anne´s sweetness. I know I am one of many in our community who will miss seeing Anne at the various events she has participated in over the years. We will miss her smile and positive presence. I´ll keep you and your family in my prayers during this difficult time. Sincerely, Cindy Lopez Werth Ethnic Support Council
Cindy Lopez Werth
January 5, 2021
I will never forget Anne. She was always bubbly and had a smile, was always first to volunteer, and was just an awesome special friend. We got to travel together and share many exciting experiences with Joint Heirs. My heart and love to her family. I will miss her.
Glenda Buttler Wallen
January 5, 2021
Loved Ann's beautiful smile and always positive spirit. So sorry for your family's loss.
Robin Chilton
January 5, 2021
Heaven gained an awesome Angel. Will miss your sweet smile Anne, Have fun cloud jumping and singing.
Pam- Blessed to have had you in our lives. KFH 78
January 4, 2021
Marianne. Thinking of you and keeping you and family in prayers.
Diane DeGraaff/Bud Pilotti
January 4, 2021
Crab feeds will not be the same. She would always smile and say hi to me.
Jon Nelson
January 4, 2021
I first met Anne in the Brownie troop my Mother led. She had the most infectious laugh and embodied joy like no one else. I would run into her at work & she always had a big hug for me! I will miss her. What an amazing woman.
Becky Stephens
January 3, 2021
I remember her fondly from St Mary and how much she loved my babies. Heartfelt condolences.
Genevieve Schoenecker
January 3, 2021
Rest in peace
Kim - 1978 KHS Graduate
January 3, 2021
She was an amazing gif to this world. Everyone that met her could see it and feel it. God bless you Anne.. Gonna miss that smile and positivity...+
Mary Dunivan
January 3, 2021
My deepest condolences to MaryAnne and family.
Margaret Ng
January 3, 2021
I went to grade school with Anne. Then I had the honor of taking card of some of her dental needs. She was always a delight. RIP Anne
Kimm Slape
January 3, 2021