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John and Annie Glenn — Inside 73-Year-Old Love Story of Late Astronaut and His Recently-Deceased Wife

Rebelander Basilan
May 25, 2020
03:00 P.M.
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Late astronaut John Glenn's 73-year-old relationship with his wife, Annie, is one that will inspire many. Before Annie's recent death, the couple shared decades of unconditional love.

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John and Annie were devoted and loyal partners to each other. The Glenns were also inseparable, according to Deborah Merritt, the first permanent director of the John Glenn Institute of Public Service & Public Policy at Ohio State University.

Annie and John were said to be childhood sweethearts. Merritt said the university students learned that Annie and John met in a playpen.

Astronaut John Glenn in a Mercury program pressure suit and helmet, undated image. | Photo: Getty Images

Astronaut John Glenn in a Mercury program pressure suit and helmet, undated image. | Photo: Getty Images

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LONG-TIME LOVERS

Annie was 3, and John was 2 when they met as both of their parents were close friends. They became a couple in high school, as revealed by John Glenn College of Public Affairs.

Both went to Muskingum College, where Annie majored in Music. Her plan to get into Juilliard School of Music didn't push through when John proposed and married her. That was also when World War II began.

Annie became supportive of John's career from being a combat pilot to Astronaut. She also supported him throughout his career as a politician. Annie became interested in her husband's public affairs.

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John Glenn and Annie during his campaign for the Democratic Presidential nomination, Boston, Massachusetts, on January 5, 1984. | Photo: Getty Images

John Glenn and Annie during his campaign for the Democratic Presidential nomination, Boston, Massachusetts, on January 5, 1984. | Photo: Getty Images

THEIR DEATHS

After he ended his term in the US Senate in 1999, John became an executive for Royal Crown Cola. In 2016, he passed away at the age of 95 in James Cancer Hospital in Columbus, Ohio, as reported by Fox News.

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Annie and her two children were heartbroken over John's death. After four years of missing John, Annie eventually passed away.

Bill Clinton and Anderson Cooper were among those who remembered how courageous and inspiring she was.

John Glenn and Annie greet crowd from open car in parade up lower Broadway honoring Glenn and crew of the Discovery space shuttle, undated image. | Photo: Getty Images

John Glenn and Annie greet crowd from open car in parade up lower Broadway honoring Glenn and crew of the Discovery space shuttle, undated image. | Photo: Getty Images

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TOGETHER FOR ETERNITY

The late senator's wife suffered complications of COVID-19 last May 19, Tuesday in a nursing home in St.Paul, Minnesota. Annie was 100 years old, as reported by Time.

Dale Butland, John's former speechwriter, described the couple's relationship as a 'fairytale.' For him, it was also one of the greatest love stories of all time, as reported by Time.

John Glenn, with his wife Annie by his side, campaigns for the Democratic Presidential nomination, Mississippi, in March 1984. | Photo: Getty Images

John Glenn, with his wife Annie by his side, campaigns for the Democratic Presidential nomination, Mississippi, in March 1984. | Photo: Getty Images

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"During WWII, the Korean war and two flights into outer space, Annie patiently waited for her John to come home," Butland said.

"Since December of 2016, John's been patiently waiting for his Annie. Today, they're both where they always wanted to be: together — for all eternity," he added.

Annie's close friends mourned her death. Bill Clinton and Anderson Cooper were among those who remembered how courageous and inspiring she was.

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