|Birth: ||Nov. 19, 1909|
South Dakota, USA
|Death: ||Jan. 13, 2000|
~Originally created by Mary Harrell-Sesniak~
~In Loving Memory of Annabelle Adams Root~
Bio by Annabelle's friend "skyquest"
Annabelle Adams Root electrified a room when she made her entrance! She had brilliant white hair perfectly arranged in a high bun that emphasized her face, a porcelain ivory complexion with high cheekbones, always wearing only a dab of red lipstick for effect. She was stunning! Even in her late eighties, walking with an ornate cane, she had an elegant persona, smiling when she spoke, always with a low melodic tone. People were drawn to her, and she immediately became the center of attention. There was energy and drama and history in this lovely woman with her startling light blue eyes, and an amazing life story of a time past to be shared...
Upper Photo: Annabelle Adams Root was a beautiful, engaging lady at eight-eight years of age in this photo, wearing an oriental embrodery design red dress and jacket, perfect for a festive Christmas Eve party in West Palm Beach, Florida. She was of Lithuanian descent, a natural beauty...the only make-up she wore was her trademark red lipstick.. she was lovely!
The young people attending the celebration in their twenties gathered round Annabelle as she entertained them with glimpses of her fascinating life, telling stories of her life growing up on a ranch, traveling the west coast, facing life's challenges, becoming a tennis semi-professional, of going to a "proper finishing school" learning proper etiquette and speech and manners, always striving to improve her circumstances in life. She spoke of the hurricane of 1935 that she and her neighbors endured while having a "hurricane party" at her residence. She talked about the turbulent years of World War ll and how people in the USA felt this war was bigger than anyone could even imagine, and how Americans had to join in the fight or there wouldn't be a free world, and how men joined immediately after Pearl Harbor was attacked, and how women and families had to manage for years while their loved ones were off fighting and yes, dying, so this country would remain free.
Annabelle shared historical moments she had experienced, such as attending Franklin Delano Roosevelt's inaugurations and meeting dignitaries. She excelled in describing her trip traveling around the world about 1960 on R. M. S. "Queen Elizabeth" Cunard Line. Annabelle immersed herself in the culture of each country she was visiting and managed to collect artifacts and items of the customs, such as Moroccan wedding bells which would ring on a young couple's wedding day. She had many packages and collections shipped to her home in Florida, where she displayed them and entertained her guests with her travel adventures for the rest of her life.
Not a sound was heard in the room except her melodic voice. They were spellbound! It was magical... a charming woman in the twilight of her life gave the guests an evening to be remembered and cherished. A young woman was heard to whisper to her boyfriend, "Look at her. She must have been beautiful when she was young." He whispered back loud enough for others to hear, "She's beautiful now!"
Lower Photo: This was taken about early 1940s when she was about thirty-four or thirty-five years of age. Annabelle and her former husband, the late Lewis Root, son of the founder of New York Wire Cloth Company, in New York, divorced sometime earlier, and Annabelle relocated to Florida to live. In her early thirties, establishing a new life, and like everyone, Annabelle was enduring the best she could during World War ll. She belonged to the Women's Club who did different projects for the war effort such as purchasing war bonds. Many evenings friends and guests would arrive for the "cocktail hour", visiting, talking and just being together; often the news of the war would be grim and they would try to be cheerful, but instead cried upon hearing friends or family in the military were killed or were missing in action.
Photo on 2nd page: In her later years Annabelle would almost daily walk across the street to visit widowed Harold whom she met on her "around the world cruise" circa 1960. Harold was retired and relocated to Fort Lauderdale to be near Annabelle. From that time forward they were best friends, enjoying their cocktail hour, chatting most evenings, sharing their life stories and recollecting on memories past which comforted and brought them joy. Annabelle was strong spirited as always, in this photo wearing the signature diamond pin she personally designed about fifty years earlier, going out for dinner on special occasions, having quiet evenings after visiting Harold with the "girls", her best friends. Fan and Babbie's father was a Colonel in the US Army and stationed at Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. Fan, Babbie, and Annabelle loved to reminisce about the "good old days".
Harold was about 89 when he passed away in the local hospital. Anabelle was devastated. For a long time she mourned, then she spoke less and less about him, until finally she kept her grief inward. Everyone knew the grief wasn't less, it was just that she was silent, as though now the memories of she and Harold were hers alone.
Annabelle lived through the New Year of 2000! She passed away on January 13, and was laid to rest in historic Evergreen Cemetery in Fort Lauderdale, very near her home, just as she wanted. Fan and Babbie, twins, in their late eighties, kept her grave lovely with fresh flowers and visited as long as they were able.
Wish we had Annabelle's diary which she maintained for about fifty years. What an amazing read it would be! A life well lived, an elegant, fascinating lady whom we honor and remember.
A LADY OF STYLE AND SUBSTANCE that LIVED LIFE TO IT'S FULLEST (Graphic of two female tennis players)
Maintained by: skyquest
Originally Created by: Mary Harrell-Sesniak
Record added: May 15, 2005
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