Annabelle Hays Wimer

Wednesday, October 27, 2021
Annabelle Hays Wimer


Annabelle Hays Wimer passed peacefully into God’s loving arms on October 1, 2021 at the home of her daughter, Frankie, and son-in-law Tom Nelson; in Katy Texas. She had suffered from dementia for several years, but still had her Hays sense of humor. At 98 years of age she lived a long and fruitful life. As a faithful Christian servant she loved God, her family and all of God’s people. She lived a life of loving and serving her neighbor and she taught her children to do the same.

Annabelle was born in Clyde Park, Montana in 1923 to Robert E. Hays and Susie E. Bullock Hays. The first home she remembers was near the huge sandstone formation and landmark known as Castle Rock, just west of Colstrip Montana. They moved into Colstrip when she was about 7. Her childhood was filled with joy; and wonderful people surrounded her in this coal mining town. She attended school in Colstrip, where she made lifelong friends; graduating in 1941. She married Frank Wimer, also from Colstrip, on September 13, 1941. They had Franklyn Irene in 1942, while living in Colstrip. The family moved to Billings, MT where son, Ted Leroy was born in 1945. The family lived around Montana; including Fairfield, Shelby and Billings before settling in Cody WY in 1952. Their third child, Vernon James was born in 1954 while they lived in Cody. The family moved to Longview, WA in 1957 and to Olympia, WA in 1963. Throughout her time of raising children, Annabelle was also very involved in Girl Scouts and Church work including teaching and administrative positions. She served in women’s ministries and headed up many of benevolent ministries’ fundraisers for the various churches they attended and for the community.

Frank and Annabelle moved to St Maries, ID in 1976 to their log house deep in the woods after he retired from his role in Vocational Education. Together they enjoyed community activities, including playing and singing with Olde Time Fiddlers groups and competitions; and the St Maries Senior Center operations. Together they made a recording of many old songs for the Idaho Archives music project. They enjoyed traveling and camping in their pickup shell, then a trailer and later a motor home. They wintered in Why, AZ for many years with lots of friends. They traveled across the country many times; including yearly trips to the Hays family reunions. In 1995 they sold the log house and bought a place in Yuma, AZ. They traveled north in the summer in their motor home, spending time at daughter Frankie’s home in Kelso, WA and Ted’s home in Kuna, ID; when they weren’t on the road. Frank passed away in 2012. At that time Annabelle took turns living with Frankie & Tom and Ted & Sharon. In 2019 she moved to Frankie & Tom’s new home in Katy, TX.

Annabelle was preceded in death by her husband Frank (71 years of marriage), her parents and all of her siblings. She leaves behind her daughter Frankie (Tom) Nelson, and sons Ted (Sharon) Wimer and Vern (Carole) Wimer. She also leaves a wonderful legacy of singing children’s songs and back scratches to her grandchildren: Jennifer, Jeff, Jill & Thor Nelson; Michael, Matthew, Megan & Melissa Wimer; Trevor, Trisha & Tracey Wimer and (20) greatgrandchildren.

Annabelle leaves many loved ones in eastern Montana; Hays, Pinkerton, Wimer. No funeral service is planned at this time. The families are planning to do a memorial service honoring Frank and Annabelle in the Bighorn Mountains in Wyoming where the family camped for many years.