Alice Jean Merricks Anneski, age 92, went to join her husband Anthony in Heaven on March 12 in Mesa, Arizona. Born September 12, 1929, in Clifton Forge, Virginia, Jean was the youngest daughter of the late Louie Smith and Cora Mayhew Merricks.
Jean was an active member of the community during her many years in Pulaski, Virginia before moving to Gilbert, Arizona to live with her daughter and family. Jean was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Pulaski, in addition to the Garden Club and numerous community bridge clubs. Jean also volunteered her time with many organizations around the New River Valley including assisting at Critzer Elementary School and with the Red Cross blood drive. Before moving to Pulaski, after her marriage to Dr. Anneski, Jean was employed by the Peoples Bank of Gretna, Virginia. One of Jean’s favorite pastimes was playing card games, whether it be Rook, Canasta, Uno, Sequence, Rummy or her favorite, Bridge.
Jean was predeceased by sisters Edith Merricks Kinlaw and husband Martin, Frances Merricks Wright and husband Horace and Lucille Merricks Hendrix and husband Jewel; in addition to brothers Bobby Lee Merricks and wife Betty, and Louis Smith Merricks Jr., and one special niece Patricia Briggs.
Jean is survived by her son, Anthony William Anneski, Jr. of Atlanta, Georgia, her daughter and son-in-law, Dr. Cynthia Jean Anneski and husband Russell O’Connor of Gilbert, Arizona, her two grandsons, Scott and Viktor O’Connor and her sister-in-law Carol Merricks, in addition to many nieces and nephews whom she loved very much.
Jean will rest for eternity next to her husband Anthony at the Altavista Memorial Park in Altavista, Virginia. Funeral services provided by Stevens Funeral Home in Pulaski, Virginia.
Visitation is scheduled for Monday, March 21 from 6-8 pm at Stevens Funeral Home in Pulaski, Virginia. Funeral service will be held 2:00 pm, Tuesday, March 22 at the Altavista Memorial Park in Altavista, Virginia. In lieu of flowers, donations to the First United Methodist Church in Pulaski, Virginia or the City of Refuge in Pulaski are encouraged.