Annabel L. Hains


Annabel L. (Russell) Hains passed away on Aug. 16 at Munson Medical Center. She was born April 26, 1924 in Joyfield Township, in Benzie County, to John Russell and May Ida (Springsteen) Howard.
She graduated from Honor Schools in 1941 and attended County Normal in Frankfort for one year.
On Oct. 10, 1942, she married Oral A. Hains. Together they raised three boys in the home they built together on State Street.
In 1953 she started her banking career at the original Traverse City State Bank at the corner of Front and Union Streets. She spent the next 33 years working in that building until her retirement (from the mortgage department of Old Kent Bank) in 1986.
She was a lifelong member of the First Baptist Church, where she served as treasurer for 25 years and the dozens of homemade pies she baked each October were a favored and much sought-after part of their annual craft fair.
Ann valued family above all and enjoyed traveling and researching the family genealogy and documenting life in the scrapbooks she created. Her crocheted afghans were treasured possessions. She would never say no to a game of bingo or an afternoon (that turned into an evening) at the casino with her sisters. Her grandchildren marveled at the wonder of the Wilton-level birthday cakes that she magically whipped up for birthdays each year and she always had time for a never ending game of Chutes and Ladders with her great-grandchildren. Into her 90s she could be found at "Fit For You" where she and her sisters became known as "the golden girls."
She is survived and forever missed by her sons, Larry, Michael, and James (Cheryl), all of Traverse City; grandchildren, Kristen, of Traverse City, Suzann (Clint) Sines, of Holly, and Patty (Don) Tolly, of Rockford; great-grandchildren, Zacariah, Noah, Jeramiah, and Elizabeth Crowell and their parents, Donald and Kiley Crowell, Timothy and Corbin Sines, and Nicholas Hains; sisters, Marian Gauthier and Bonnie Carter, of Traverse City; brother, Amos (Mary Ann) Howard, of Lima, Ohio; and friends, Vikki Hains, of Traverse City and Darell McIntyre, of Pensacola Beach, Florida, both of whom she regarded as family; and many nieces, nephews, and lifelong friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her stepfather, Robert Howard; her brother, Herman Howard; her husband, Oral; her granddaughter, Melissa Crowell; and her brothers-in-law, Ford Carter and Dave Gauthier.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 24 at the First Baptist Church at 244 Washington St. in Traverse City with visitation one hour prior to service.
In lieu of flowers, memorials can be directed to the First Baptist Church.
Annabel and her family are being cared for by the Reynolds Jonkoff Funeral Home and Cremation Services.
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Jessica Gauthier
Aug 23, 2019
My great aunt Annie was by far one of the sweetest lady ever. She was caring and gentle. I have a silly memory from my childhood: me and my cousin were at
My grandma Marians for a family gathering and great Aunt Annie was continuously tooting... Me and my cousin being 11 and 4 this was beyond hilarious... We were being shushed by all thr adults around until great aunt Annie announced : "oh for heaven sakes those girls are fine, they can't help laughing at me, I can't stop farting! " I will forever remember this funny moment... Love you Annie... Miss u greatly!
Ron and Sally Steele
Aug 23, 2019
Our deepest sympathy to you and your family on the death of your mom. She was a very special person. Our prayers and thoughts are with all of you. You were lucky to have her for such a long time.

Ron and Sally Steele
Darell McIntyre
Aug 23, 2019
I was privileged to be on the receiving end of Ann’s love and kindness. While living in the Hain’s household I was always treated as Son Number Four. I have far too many fond memories to be able to recount here. I will miss her very much.
Chris kimmel Gauthier
Aug 22, 2019
So very sorry for your loss. May God wrap his arms around you all. Love you all.Aunt Ann was a wonderful and Blessed lady.
Gloria Schroeder
Aug 21, 2019
Annabel was and still is one of the most Beautiful Kindest Loving Ladies that I can say is one of my Dearest Friends. If I am able to touch as many life's as she has I will truly be Blessed. I Love and I will miss you God Speed Annabel!!!!
Diane Macek
Aug 21, 2019
What a beautiful lady we worked at TCSB for many years more recently l would see her at casino it was always fun catching up. You will be missed ❤
Don & Elsie Tanis
Aug 21, 2019
We have such wonderful memories of Ann. What a wonderful life God gave her and know she will be missed deeply by her family. Ann amazed us with her ageless way of living life and doing for others. She was welcomed with a smile from our Lord when she heard ‘well done good and faithful servant’.