She and her husband lived in many places, including Boston, New York, Nashville, Birmingham, Los Angeles, Oxford, England, Paris, France, and Lynchburg, Va. Until Anne’s death, they most recently lived in Warrenton, Va., near the nation’s capital.
A musical prodigy, Anne became assistant organist at her large Baptist church in Somerset, Ky. at the age of 13, and for four years served as the primary accompanist for all musical programs at her high school. Years later, after her husband retired from teaching, she served as the talented organist of the Little Stone Church on Mackinac Island, Mich., for eight years.
An author and composer, Anne wrote the music for two children’s religious musicals, “Jonah and the Wh-wh-whale” and “It Happens Every Christmas,” as well as for two adult musicals, “The Golden Bo-Tree” and “Flannery: The Musical.” She and her husband also wrote a number of hymns and anthems, some of which have been published.
She wrote two novels, Pendleton Farm and Rachel Remembers, both set in the 19th century, and two books of devotionals called An Inner Journey to Christmas and An Inner Journey to Easter. When her younger son’s marriage led him to break up with his own family, she wrote a book called A Son Is a Son Till He Gets a Wife: How Toxic Daughters-in-Law Destroy Families, which became the unofficial textbook for an organization known as Alienated Grandparents Anonymous, founded by a Florida woman who had read the book. This organization is now active in 34 states and several foreign countries.
Anne will be remembered by her many friends and relatives as a cheerful, outgoing, attractive, and humorous woman who was a gracious hostess, a splendid cook, a loving wife and mother, and a generous friend.
Amanda, the founder of Alienated Grandparents Anonymous, writes, “Anne was my role model. Anne was the grandmother every grandchild should have in their lives. Anne was a great storyteller, passing on her legacy in the most articulate manner. Her tone was always very gentle and caring, and she was always there to listen with compassion to one’s plight. It is my goal now to be there for grandparents who need an Anne in their lives.”
Mr. Howard E. Mounce of the Piney Grove community passed away on Tuesday, March 11, 2014 at his residence.
Funeral services are pending at this time and will be announced by Pulaski Funeral Home.