Annie Gnanarathinam was the eldest daughter, born to Mr. G.P. Moses and Mrs. Mary Ebenezer on February 15, 1923 in Nazareth, India. She completed her schooling and was married at the age of 19 to Dr. Cyril Henry in 1942. Annie and her husband moved to Trichy, India and was blessed with two sons and four daughters. She was a home maker and raised her children in a Godly manner.
Annie was raised in Christian home and continued to raise her children the same way. She grew up memorizing Bible passages and once received an award for memorizing the entire book of Psalms. She was able to perfectly quote some of the Psalms during her last days at the nursing home. Christian religion was very important to her and she taught her family to love and serve the Lord. Her faith became stronger even when she lost her youngest son at the ripe age of 17. She always believed that “she can pass through the raging waters in the sea” because God was with her the entire time.
After her husband’s demise in 1980, Annie immigrated to the United States with her youngest daughter to live with her son. In the early 80s, Annie lived in New York with her daughter and family where she worked as a teacher’s assistant in a kindergarten class for a private Methodist school. While also helping to care for her grandchildren, she would take her youngest grandson to school with her. In the late 80s, she moved to Maryland with her daughter’s family. She would travel frequently to India to visit her other three daughters and their families. Even though she was miles away, a piece of her heart was always with her family in India.
Annie loved gardening, cooking, stitching, watching game shows, working on crossword puzzles, trying various cuisines, playing computer games, taking walks and enjoying wonderful conversations with family and friends. She loved all her grandchildren and great grandchildren dearly; they loved her dearly too. We, the children, in-laws, grandchildren and great-grandchildren are going to miss her greatly. We will always cherish the beautiful memories we have and treasure the moments God gave us with her. We were blessed to have her in our lives and thank God for blessing her with a wonderful life.
She is survived by one son, Mr. Sekhar Henry, four daughters, Dr. Chandra Sundaraj, Mrs. Shantha Samuel, Mrs. Saroja Paulraj, Mrs. Getsie Diamond, one daughter-in law, three sons-in-law, eleven grandchildren and fourteen great-grandchildren. She also leaves many family members and friends who will sadly miss her
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