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 Ruth Ann “Annie” <I>Michel/Mitchell</I> Nye

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Ruth Ann “Annie” Michel/Mitchell Nye

  • Birth 31 Aug 1929 Sandusky, Erie County, Ohio, USA
  • Death 24 Jun 2011 Merriam, Johnson County, Kansas, USA
  • Burial Cremated, Ashes given to family or friend
  • Memorial ID 72112710

Annie was born Ruth Ann Michel at the beginning of The Great Depression on August 31, 1929 near the shores of Lake Erie in Sandusky, Ohio to Albert John Michel and Ruth Margaret White.

It wasn't until Annie was in grade school that her father legally changed the family name from Michel to Mitchell. It seems that, in his youth, Captain Mitchell had stretched the truth a tad about his age in order to find work on the Great Lakes ore freighters. He went by John Albert Mitchell rather than Albert John Michel.

The Mitchells had one more daughter, Joan Margaret, and the family relocated to East Toledo when the girls were still small. Even as a child, Annie was an avid reader and continued to be throughout her life. She and her sister Joanie spent much of their summers at the local library which was just four doors down from their home.

Annie enjoyed school and remained a lifelong lover of learning. She graduated from Waite High School in Toledo in 1947. She was "a heck of a good dancer", dancing what today we would call "swing". She could even dance on rollerskates...backwards! Quite popular with the boys, Annie apparently accepted four marriage proposals in her early twenties. She was even engaged to two different fella's at once.

Annie went to work for Libby Owens Ford Glass Company in Toledo, where she worked in the international billing department. A few years later Annie met a young woman named Janet Nye, who happened to work in the same building. The two became friends and often ate lunch together. Janet began mentioning her brother, who was in college after having served in the Air Force in Korea. Seems Annie was not all that interested in meeting this young man, and she put off Janet as long as possible.

Finally, the two met and Bill Nye asked Annie Mitchell on a date. They went to the movies to see, "On the Waterfront". They went "Dutch". Annie paid for the popcorn...which Bill ate. Thus the beginning of a love affair that would last for 55 years. Annie and Bill were wed on December 17, 1955 at St. Mark's Lutheran Church in Toledo, Ohio.

Their union produced two children; John Mitchell Nye, who welcomed his mother into glory, and Julie Ann Nye.

Annie was an avid sports fan, and was a longtime "Red Coater" with the Kansas City Chiefs, for whom she volunteered in charitable activities. Along with the Chiefs, Annie faithfully followed the Kansas Jayhawks. She was an opinionated, conservative Republican and she wasn't afraid to share her thoughts on the topic of politics. She could think on her feet, was a "glass half full" kind of gal, with a dry sense of humor and a sharp wit. She was an accomplished needlework artist, knitter and baker who frequently lavished her family and friends with the fruits of her talents.

Annie was a faithful church member throughout her lifetime, missing Sunday services only as her health declined.

She was a loving wife, mother, sister, aunt and grandmother who "adopted" a number of her children's friends as her own "kids".


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  • Added: 28 Jun 2011
  • Find A Grave Memorial 72112710
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  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Ruth Ann “Annie” Michel/Mitchell Nye (31 Aug 1929–24 Jun 2011), Find A Grave Memorial no. 72112710, ; Maintained by The Kind Cemeterian (contributor 45181153) Cremated, Ashes given to family or friend.