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Annabelle Louise (Griffith) Hoyt - 91, died peacefully in her sleep, and went to be with her Lord Jesus on March 6, 2018. She was born on August 29, 1926, in Leechburg, PA to Jesse and Lela (Jewart) Griffith. She was raised in Meadville, PA, and graduated salutatorian from Meadville High School.
She married Eugene Paxton Hoyt of Meadville, PA in 1945 and had three children, Mark, Grant, and Jessica. They divorced in 1961, and she never remarried.
She entered the workforce and held a number of positions, including stenographer for the Santa Ana Police Department, executive secretary at Autonetics, worked for the US Census Bureau, and as the night supervisor at the Tustin Hacienda retirement home. She always chose employment that would allow her to be with her children during their formative years.
Annabelle had a beautiful soprano voice and really enjoyed singing in church choirs and doing soloist work. She composed beautiful poetry and published a book of her works, "A Light in the Window", which she also illustrated.
She was a woman of great faith, who loved the Lord from the time she was a little girl. Her spiritual gift was that of helping, and visiting the sick. She was the first person through the door when anyone she knew had been hospitalized. She was generous to a fault.
Annabelle is survived by sisters Julia Trudelle Dibble and Vernie Hope Smith; children Mark Hoyt (Linda) and Jessica Zechiel (David); grandchildren Kristen Hoyt, John Zechiel (Eleanor), and Alexander Zechiel (Heather); great-grandchildren Noah Zechiel and baby girl Zechiel, due March 26th.
Published on March 14, 2018
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