Glenna Annette (Ann) Lassitter, 73, of Robertsdale, Alabama passed away on Friday, January 16, 2015.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Henry Soloman and Ruby Catherine Skipper, and three brothers, Laverne, Carl, and George (Mary) Skipper.

She is survived by her husband of 55 Years, John Kenneth Lassitter; three daughters, Cathy (Doug) Byrd, of Robertsdale, Alabama, Gwen (Michael) Windham, of Robertsdale, Alabama, and Debbie (Jim) Clark, of Daphne, Alabama; brother, Hollis (Georgena) Skipper of Las Cruces, New Mexico, five grandchildren, Michael (Donald) Johansson, Carrie (Victor) Richerson, Jonathan (Lindsey) Byrd, Kimberly Windham and John Clark; and two great- grandchildren, Clarabel and Matthew Tucker; many nieces and nephews; as well as her pets, Skipper and Casper.

Mrs. Lassitter spent her life loving and caring for her husband, family and extended family. She was an excellent cook, enjoyed working in her beautiful flower gardens, playing with her great-grandchildren, shopping with her daughters, and spending time with her beloved dogs.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday, January 21, 2015 at 10:00 AM at the Greenwood Community Covenant Church in Summerdale, Alabama, with visitation at the church from 9:00 to 10:00 AM. Interment will follow at Wynn Cemetery, Summerdale, Alabama.

Please feel free to share your memories of Ann or leave a message for the family.
  1. Gwen Windham's avatar Gwen Windham says:
    On 1/19/2015

    I’ve been trying to think of *one* word to describe my Mother, but there are so many that come rushing to my mind. Of all those many words, there are a few that stand out… devoted, loving, comforting, hard-working, strong, protective... Each of these characters were demonstrated daily in her life, and I was blessed beyond measure to have called her, “Mom”.

    She was, is, and will always be my best friend and biggest fan. She always made me know, without a doubt, that she loved me with a complete, endless, and unquestioning love. I have a lifetime of memories of time spent with her, and I am so thankful for each one. As I have walked through these days since losing her, I see thousands of things that each bring a wonderful memory of a happy time spent with her.

    She has always been a big part of my life, but especially since we built our new home and moved next door to my parents. I talked to her on the phone every day, and saw her *nearly* every day. We had so many shopping trips together, just to get groceries, or check out the thrift stores for some special little treasure.

    Most days, my first phone call would be from Mom. She’d ask me how I was doing. I’d say, “fine”, and ask her the same. Her reply was usually, “Oh, pretty good, but just being lazy”, which could not have been farther from the truth. Her home – inside and out—was *always* spotless. God blessed her with a green thumb that not many can equal. She spent endless hours outside working in her flower gardens, and anyone who has seen her yard can tell that she loved and took pride in creating beauty in this world. Her home was always spotless and so welcoming.

    She was the most devoted wife and my parents were an amazing example of wedded love. As they have grown older, Mom especially worried about Dad, and always made sure he had a warm meal three times a day, clean clothes to wear, and any other thing that he may need. Their love for one another, and for our family, was always and forever.

    As one of her daughters, I can truly say that her love was infinite. She was *always* there to help me, no matter the time of day. Even when she didn’t feel well, she wouldn’t show it. She’d put on a happy face and be there--- no matter what. … always… Every single birthday, anniversary or other special occasion was always marked with a celebration, usually including an elaborate meal for our whole family. Most of those days were started by a phone call and Mom singing “Happy birthday to you” , “Happy anniversary to you”, etc… As I said earlier, we were surely blessed.

    When marriage brought new members into our family, Mom loved each of her new sons, grandsons and granddaughter as though they were her own. She sincerely loved her family and tried her best, in every way, to make sure that we all knew it. And we do.

    Mom has always had a special love for babies, and when her grandchildren, and great-grandchildren came along, her love knew no bounds. They were her pride and joy—each and every one. She was so very proud of them, and loved them more than words can say. As most of her friends know, she always carried photos of them to proudly show. Her face would always light up when she spoke of them. They brought her such joy, and she gave them much love.

    I wanted a poem for my Mother, something to honor her memory. I found this beautiful one online, written by Kathy J Parenteau for her mother, Shirley A. Fowler, whom she lost to cancer. It beautifully states what is in *my* heart today.

    My Mother My Angel

    Once upon a time an angel held my hand,
    She wiped away my tears and helped me understand.
    Our time on earth is brief, there's lessons to be learned,
    Each precious day God gives us another page is turned.
    Every chapter full of memories, times of joy and tears,
    Triumphs and defeats, through every passing year.
    She loved us unconditionally, always by our side,
    When no one else would listen, in her we could confide.
    With gentle words of wisdom she led us on our way,
    Down the paths of righteousness if ever we did stray.
    She saw the light in everyone and gave with no regrets,
    Always from her heart let's not forget.
    Angels come in many forms, for me it is my mother,
    With love I cannot say in words there'll never be another.
    Every day I turn the page in my heart will ever remain,
    Everything she taught me as I stroll down memory lane.
    Thank you God for giving me the most priceless of all treasures,
    Help my Lord to keep alive her memory here forever.
    I pray that I can some day be everything she hoped I would,
    That's she smiling down from heaven knowing she did good.
    As we gather here today there's no ending to her story,
    Another chapter has begun full of grace and glory.
    God's called her to his heavenly home, part of his great plan,
    Although it may be hard, we all must understand.
    Faith is what is hoped for, things we cannot see,
    Heaven is promised to all of us if only we believe.

  2. Carla Little's avatar Carla Little says:
    On 1/19/2015

    I have known Mrs. Lassitter since I was about 12 or 13 years old when Debbie and I became great friends. Debbie was one of my first friends when I transferred to RHS and I spent a lot of time at their home. Mrs. Lassitter always made me feel welcomed and like I was one of the "girls". Then, as fate would have it, later on, Gwen become my sister-in-law. I'm so very glad I was able to stay a part of the life of this incredible lady and family. She will be truly missed. My heart goes out to all of you girls and especially Mr. Lassitter as you will adjust to life without her. But, hold on to all the wonderful memories you have and look forward to seeing her again in your forever home in heaven. Love to you all! Carla Windham Little

    • Gwen Windham's avatar Gwen Windham says:
      On 1/29/2015

      Thank you so much for sharing your special memories of our mother. We were both so very blessed to have such wonderful mothers. Love you!

  3. Tammy King Martin's avatar Tammy King Martin says:
    On 1/20/2015

    The poem you chose for your Mama was BEAUTIFUL !!! I still want to rush to the phone to tell ( or ask ) my Mama something- she's been gone since Sept. 2009. My memories of her are like a warm blanket I wrap myself in... In the days ahead, if you ( or your Sisters ) need a shoulder, call on me.

  4. Kristi Nordberg's avatar Kristi Nordberg says:
    On 1/21/2015

    Aunt Ann was an elegant lady with a heart of gold. She always had a kind word and a sweet smile. I will miss seeing her and talking with her. She was always an encourager and supporter of myself and Megan. My heart is full of sadness for Uncle Johnny, Cathy, Gwen, and Debbie but I know that your memories will keep her alive in your hearts and minds. Love you all.

  5. Hollis Skipper 's avatar Hollis Skipper says:
    On 1/21/2015

    Ann, had I known I would have told you what a Dear and Precious Sister you have been to me. You are one very special person in the lives of many especially your family and other loved ones.
    We mourn at our loss but we praise God for His gain. Ann you have demonstrated what is required to fulfill the command that Jesus put forth when He said, "to love your neighbor as you love yourself", I will add that many times you have risen above that command and gave more than you gave yourself. You have proved that one may love his neighbor more than himself. You are leaving a legacy that will be real difficult if not impossible to emulate. You are leaving an outstanding reputation that is worthy of recognition. My hope is that your loved ones will follow in your footsteps and be prepared to meet you and Jesus on that blessed day.
    Reflecting on our fellowship over the past few decades we both have experienced some struggles in our lives but praise God He made us stronger persons as a result.

    Until we meet again,
    Your loving brother

  6. Wanda Stanford Adams's avatar Wanda Stanford Adams says:
    On 1/21/2015

    Was this very nice lady kin to any Dolly Jane Lassitter/She was my grandmother and she was married to Clarence Stanford who used to live behind Macks Funeral Home?I know she is loved by many.

  7. Janice Copping's avatar Janice Copping says:
    On 1/22/2015

    Rest in Peace,Sweet Ann!With Our Deepest Sympathy! Your New Orleans Cousins,The Northcutts'!

  8. Matt waters's avatar Matt waters says:
    On 1/22/2015

    What an awsome celebration today of the life of Ann Lassitter's life here on earth and her time to go home to that Heavenly home we all hear about. I've known you my whole life and you were the most humble, sweet ,caring person Ive ever known. yes we will mourn your leaving and will miss you but we must not forget that you are in the arms of Jesus now and seeing all the beauty that we can only dream about so I guess it would be selfish to bring you back if we could. We can only look forward to seeing you and our other loved ones's who have gone before us . Oh what a glorious day that will be when my Jesus welcome's me. RIP my dear sweet Ann. Your cousin's Matthew Foye Waters and family.

  9. Michael Johansson's avatar Michael Johansson says:
    On 1/22/2015

    Granny never let there be any doubt of her love for and pride in her grandchildren, and beyond that, she extended unfaltering love, warmth, and support to our spouses, her great-grandchildren, and even the "great-grand pups". She always greeted us with love, joy, and a willingness to do whatever she could to make our lives happier.

    When I think of Granny, I will remember...
    -- hugs and smiles of hello and goodbye
    -- baking M&M cookies, as a child
    -- breakfast after sleepovers, with toast, grits, easy-over eggs, and delicious little discs of sausage
    -- neat-as-a-pin housekeeping
    -- flower gardens-- exuberant, overflowing, and bright with color
    -- mouth-watering cornbread dressing
    -- plants she sent home with me, dug from her own garden (coreopsis, daylilies, sweet-scented butterfly ginger lilies, hurricane lilies, and more)
    -- bargain-hunting and yard-saling, and the deeply-relished thrill of a good deal
    -- frugality and responsibility-- tempered with necessary splurges and celebrations!
    -- meals made for Grandpa, home on his lunch break from the feed store
    -- the river, and deer, and birds-- and hummingbirds...
    -- her love for Grandpa and her family
    -- happily spoiled and pampered dogs
    -- the reliability of family "get-togethers" for holidays and birthdays
    -- Anne of Green Gables, because she was my introduction to it (and through love of Anne, I met my husband)
    -- so much help setting up my first home away from my parents
    -- the angel figurines she enjoyed collecting
    -- "spunk"! I will always remember that she also had opinions of her own, and a lively way of expressing them, when she saw fit.
    -- satisfaction with her life and an appreciation of its many blessings

    I feel very fortunate to have had Granny in my life for as long as I did. We will miss her, in so many ways, but I am thankful for the store of happy memories she's left behind. I think I can hear in my mind just what she would say about such-and-such a thing, and it's almost as though she's right beside me, saying it. I know without question that she loved us-- and knew we loved her, too-- and that makes it easier to accept this parting, until we can be together again.

    Thank you for everything, Granny.
    You left an indelible mark in my life and changed my world for the better, by your presence in it. I love you!

  10. Janet and Raymond Malone's avatar Janet and Raymond Malone says:
    On 1/23/2015

    It was so great to know You and now you are with the Angels in Heaven You will be deepley missed Love You Raymond and Janet Malone

  11. Steve and Eunice Andersen's avatar Steve and Eunice Andersen says:
    On 1/30/2015

    Saddened to hear of Ann's passing. Such a sweet and lovely lady. We were always glad to see Ann and Johnny on our trips back home. We had far too little time over the years to visit with them, as much as we would have liked to. Our thoughts and prayers for Johnny and family.

  12. Gwen Windham's avatar Gwen Windham says:
    On 2/3/2015

    I’m Still Here

    Friend, please don't mourn for me,
    I'm still here, though you don't see.
    I'm right by your side each night and day,
    And within your heart I long to stay.

    My body is gone but I'm always near,
    I'm everything you feel, see or hear.
    My spirit is free, but I'll never depart,
    As long as you keep me alive in your heart.

    I'll never wander out of your sight.
    I'm the brightest star on a summer night.
    I'll never be beyond your reach.
    I'm the warm moist sand when you're at the beach.

    I'm the colorful leaves when fall comes around,
    And the pure white snow that blankets the ground.
    I'm the beautiful flowers of which you're so fond,
    The clear cool water in a quiet pond.

    I'm the first bright blossom you'll see in the spring,
    The first warm raindrop that April will bring.
    I'm the first ray of light when the sun starts to shine,
    And you'll see that the face in the moon is mine.

    When you start thinking there's no one to love you,
    You can talk to me through the Lord above you.
    I'll whisper my answer through the leaves on the trees,
    And you'll feel my presence in the soft summer breeze.

    I'm the hot salty tears that flow when you weep,
    And the beautiful dreams that come while you sleep.
    I'm the smile you see on a baby's face.
    Just look for me, friend, I'm everyplace!

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