On February 6, 1945 the late Ralph and Gladys Stribling welcomed Annie Stribling into their loving family. Annie was one of fourteen children. Annie grew up in the deep south of Lexington (Oglethorpe), Georgia with eight brothers and five sisters. According to her siblings, she was a generous individual who was always willing to help others. This would be a recurring theme throughout Annie’s life.
Annie migrated to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania for her high school years. She would then relocate to New York City after obtaining her high school diploma from Schenley High School. Her first apartment was in Harlem, New York where she would live for several years, before relocating to Washington Heights and later to the Bronx. Annie pursued post-secondary education at the Harlem School of Nursing. She would earn her associates degree in Nursing and become a Licensed Practitioner Nurse (LPN). Annie worked as a LPN for over 40 years at various medical facilities helping patients and serving others.
In her leisure time, Annie enjoyed her family and embraced her faith. Annie was a sister, aunt, and cousin to numerous family members. She spent summers traveling to Pittsburgh for her annual family reunions or connecting with her siblings in western Pennsylvania. She was loved and valued by all family members, regardless of the generation divide. Additionally, Annie valued her commitment to God and was a proud member of Canaan Baptist Church. Members of the church stated, “Sister Annie loved her church family”. She devoted her life to being a good Christian and helping others to the best of her ability. Annie traveled to various conferences for deep immersions into her faith and to fellowship with others.
Annie was preceded home by six brothers (Buford, George, Henry, RB, Robert, and Talmadge Stribling); three sisters (Lillie Whyte, Sherry Stribling, and Zemmie Stribling); one nephew, William (Tone) Stribling; and one niece, Theresa Stribling.
Annie leaves two sisters (Mary Stribling and Ruby Wiafe); two brothers (Billy and Ralph Stribling); several nieces, nephews, and cousins; and an extensive number of friends and church members to carry on her memory. Annie’s spirit will live on abundantly through all of the individuals that have had the amazing opportunity to meet her.