When John Glenn is buried at National Cemetery Arlington, his wife of seventy-four years, 97-year-old Annie Glenn, will be witnessing the ceremony. The burial was actually delayed to make it a memorable one.
Both were almost of the same age, though Annie was around a year older than the first American astronaut to orbit the earth. Both studied together from a very early age, fell in love and married very early for their age. The two would have celebrated their 74th marriage anniversary today, had the Senator been alive.
His family requested the authorities to delay the burial till today to make it happen on Annie and John Glenn’s 74th marriage anniversary. Annie, despite being 97-year old is all set to witness the burial at National Cemetery Arlington that will be broadcast live on different national networks.
Glenn, who passed away on December 8 in Columbus, Ohio, last year enjoyed an extremely good health throughout his life. To be true, he flew aircrafts in his eighties and gave up flying only when he and his wife found it too difficult to get into the cockpit due to knee problems. In June 2014, Glenn underwent successful heart valve replacement surgery at the Cleveland Clinic. In early December 2016, he was hospitalized at the James Cancer Hospital of Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center in Columbus.
“Annie Glenn was born Anna Margaret Castor on February 17, 1920, to Homer and Margaret Castor of Columbus, Ohio. In 1923, Dr. Castor and his family moved to New Concord, Ohio, where they became friends with the family of John Hershel Glenn, Sr. Annie and John Glenn, Jr., were childhood playmates, then high school sweethearts, and after John received his commission in the Marine Corps, they were married on April 6, 1943…Like John Glenn, Annie attended New Concord public schools and continued her education at Muskingum College. An accomplished organist, she received a BS degree in 1942, with majors in music and education”, says her profile on JohnGlennHome.
She was very active throughout her life and took part in serving people, especially with hearing and talking disabilities. Annie received the first national award of the American Speech and Hearing Association for “providing an inspiring model for people with communicative disorders.” In 1987, the National Association for Hearing and Speech Action awarded the first annual Annie Glenn Award for achieving distinction despite a communication disorder. She is also an adjunct professor with Ohio State’s Speech Pathology Department. She was awarded an honorary Doctorate of Public Service to recognize her work on behalf of children and others in 1991.
Annie and John have two children John David (born December 13, 1945) and Carolyn Ann (born March 19, 1947.