Annie Novella House Vigil
Posted: Wednesday, March 30, 2011 3:21 pm
Annie Novella House Vigil
Mrs. Annie Novella House Vigil, 93, of St. Augustine, Fla., died Friday, March 25, 2011 at Emory University Hospital. Annie was born March 5, 1918 in Martin and was one of nine children of Ernest Lynuel and Bertha Leora Jackson House. She contracted polio as a young child and was not strong enough to be part of the family’s sharecropping although she was responsible for cooking for her eight siblings from a young age. A letter she wrote to President Franklin Roosevelt lead to a college scholarship at Murray State University where she studied chemistry and dietetics. She taught high school for one year in Kentucky before moving to Detroit, Mich. where she worked as a metals analyst in a munitions factory during WWIIO. While working at the munitions factory, she met her future husband, Jose Salvador Vigil.
After WWII, Annie returned to school to complete a degree in dietetics at Wayne State University and went to work for the City of Detroit as a hospital dietitian. Annie and Salvador married on Oct. 8, 1955 and lived in Detroit until 1969 when they moved to Tennessee to be nearer her aging parents. In addition to raising their biological children, Vince and Janet, they raised their niece, Roma House Berry.
Annie and Salvador chose St. Augustine for their second retirement after farming in the Hyndsver Community. They enjoyed and shared their beachfront home together from 1990 until his death in 2002. Even during those years, Annie continued to be active and volunteered for the St. Augustine Council on Aging in their second hand store and as a treasurer for bingo.
Some of their favorite times involved having their children and children visit. In 2009, she was thrilled when her granddaughter, Lauren, chose St. Augustine for the location of her marriage to Evan Orenstein.
Annie is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Jose Vincent and Mary Elise Vigil of Atlanta; daughter and son-in-law, Janet Leora and Randy Stone of Decatur, Ga.; four grandchildren, Lauren Orenstein, David Vigil, Ashley Stone and Patrick Stone; two brothers, Russell House of Livonia, Mich. and Fred House of Martin; one sister, Estelle Bowden of Garden City, Mich.; one niece, Roma Berry of Dundee, Mich.; and more than 50 additional nephews and nieces.
Annie was preceded in death by her husband, Jose Salvador Virgil; one son, Albert Virgil; siblings, Roy Almus House, John Benjamin House, Charlie House, Martin lee House, Alberta House Melvin Taylor and Raymond Verlon House.
A memorial service will be held at Briarcliff United Methodist on Saturday, April 2 at 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to St. Johns County Council on Aging or the Oak Hill Cemetery Perpetual Care Fund, 901 King Road, Martin, TN 38237.