Annette Richardson Dinwoodey was an American radio singer and centenarian. An accomplished contralto, and although she never went to college, Annette won several music scholarships, including ones to Northwestern University and to Philadelphia's Curtis Institute of Music.
She studied under Edna Evans Johnson, Adria Brunati, and Emma Lucy Gates, and throughout her life gave that tutelage back to those who needed it. She sang Handel's Messiah, Mendelsson's Elijah, and in 1938, performed Hansel and Gretel with her daughter, Anna Lou Dinwoodey.
She was born in Farmington, Utah to Alamanda Bradford Richardson and Linnie Gregory. Her father was a Presbyterian minister and her mother was one of the first to be baptized a member of the LDS Church in northeastern Texas.
Annette married Clinton Mills Dinwoodey on 21 December 1928, in the Salt Lake City Temple. They had two children, Anna Lou Dinwoodey Jenkins and James Clinton Dinwoodey.
With Clinton, Annette became a world traveler. Because he was an executive for Continental Oil, the family traveled from Houston to New York, to London. And although Annette put her family above everything else, she still sang everywhere they went, up to and including The Royal Albert Hall, Carnegie Hall, and the Salt Lake City Tabernacle. She performed for a large portion of her adult life.
During her life, Annette serenaded the departing troops in World War II, sang for KSL radio (1930-1945), with the Utah Symphony, and was also the artistic director of the Oratorio Society for many years.
Professionally, she worked with Dr. Otto Klemperer, Pablo Casals, Maurice Abravanel, Alfred Greenfield, Uri Mayer, and Leopold Stokowski, and was a very good friend to pianist Grant Johannsen.
She began researching her family history at a young age, and later published a volume of books called "Our Virginia and Tennessee Paternal Ancestors: Richardson, Lee, Teel, Martin, Caffery, and Warren".
Annette Dinwoodey was a passionate member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and in this regard became a determined genealogist. She traveled by pen, plane and car, in search of her family and is in fact a distant relative of Robert E. Lee, the General-in-Chief of the Confederate Forces.
Dinwoodey lived in Salt Lake City, Utah and died just one month shy of her 101st birthday.
Centenarian Has a Song in Her Heart
Clinton Mills Dinwoodey
1901–1997 (m. 1928)
Alla Lee Richardson
Linnie May Richardson
Thomas Jefferson Richardson
Sherman Bradford Richardson