John Glenn’s Widow, Annie Glenn, Dies From COVID-19

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Annie and John Glenn’s love story is one for the history books.

They first met because their parents were part of the same card club, called the “Twice Five Club.” They would share a playpen while their parents played cards together once a month.

Annie and John, who went on the become the first American to orbit the Earth, began dating when they were in junior high and their relationship lasted until John’s passing in 2016.

The two were engaged before John deployed with the US Marines during World War II and were married in 1943. His career as a pilot over the next 20 years culminated in his historic flight around the Earth on February 20, 1962.

The Glenn family, now joined by their children David and Lyn, were quite possibly the most famous family during this time and were even honored with a ticker-tape parade in New York City upon John’s return.

Annie and John became beloved public figures and in the mid-70s, he stepped into the world of politics as a Senator representing the state of Ohio. He held that position form December 24, 1974 – January 3, 1999.

While John made a name for himself in politics, Annie made a name for herself as an advocate for those with communication disorders. Annie suffered from a stutter, which affected around 85% of her speech. She learned to control it eventually and was a huge inspiration for those who had communication disorders.

John passed away in 2016 at the age of 95, and on Tuesday (May 19), it was sadly announced that his beloved wife Annie had joined him at the age of 100.

“This is a very sad day for all Ohioans,” Gov. Mike DeWine told The Dispatch. “Annie Glenn was certainly our most beloved Ohioan. There wouldn’t have been a John Glenn without Annie Glenn. Theirs is an inspiring love story. She represented all that is good about our country.”

Annie passed away at a nursing home near St. Paul, Minnesota from COVID-19 complications. She is survived by her children David and Lyn. Our thoughts and prayers are with them.