Anne Laird Daughtery Frost, of Ponce Inlet, Florida, passed away on May 7, 2023.
Anne was born on September 11, 1939 in Bluefield, West Virginia as an only child to William Laird and Edna Magdalene (Bittner) Daughtery.
From 1957- 1959, Anne attended West Virginia University where she joined Kappa Delta sorority and was a cheerleader. Anne married her high school sweetheart, Robert (Bob) Edward Frost, on December 26, 1959. Bob was attending Virginia Polytechnical Institute and Anne transferred to Penn State University. They lived with Anne’s mother, a Penn State graduate, in a home built by her grandfather, blocks off the main square in State College. They both graduated from Penn State in 1962, Bob with a BS in Industrial Engineering and Anne, a Masters Summa Cum Laude in Education with advanced studies in physical education.
Bob started what turned out to be a lifelong career with Bethlehem Steel after graduation which took the pair to Baltimore, Maryland, and then to northwest Indiana in 1964 where they made a home and raised their daughters in Valparaiso. Anne taught physical education and was the gymnastics coach at Valparaiso High School. When Valparaiso High School was moved in 1972, Anne helped design the athletic facilities of the new building. After an injury, the petite build Anne decided to shift directions and began teaching algebra and geometry at Portage High School where she was also the freshman cheerleading coach.
Anne enjoyed living in northwest Indiana, which was a short trip to Chicago! Anne, Bob and their two daughters would visit Chicago often for shopping, theater productions, and dining at the extensive restaurants (Marshall Fields brunch and Greektown were the favorites).
Anne and Bob enjoyed vacations in Florida, and purchased a condominium in Ponce Inlet in 1972. While Bob would surf fish, one could find Anne reading a book in her beach chair, sunning for hours on end. Anne and Bob were boaters, and enjoyed boating on Lake Michigan as well as trailing the boat to nearby lakes in Indiana and Kentucky – Anne had the most beautiful form as she would slalom ski.
Anne was an avid football fan, and while watching any NFL game she would tell you which players once played for Penn State. Anne and Bob were on a waitlist for the Chicago Bears season tickets, and finally received their tickets starting in the 1985/1986 season, the year the Bears won the Super Bowl! 1986 was a great football year indeed because Penn State won the national championship that year as well!
Anne loved to garden and grew both flowers and fruits and vegetables. She was an outstanding cook and would make everything from scratch. Whatever she didn’t grow in her garden, she would go to local farmers to pick her own produce. She would make her own jams, and freeze or can vegetables for use throughout the year – she was sustainably savvy! Anne was very social, loved to host and would plan out every detail. One would never leave hungry/thirsty after visiting Anne!
Upon retirement in 1998, the couple moved to Monticello, Indiana to a home on Lake Freeman. The home was high on a hill with eighty steps down to their dock and lake. Anne would insist on loading each of her arms with supplies and walk up and down their eighty steps. At 4’11” we would tease Anne and tell her she looked like a pack-mule. While her grandchildren and friends would jump into the water from an upper deck, Anne would do a perfect swan dive from the deck below and swim to her raft to read a book in the sun for hours.
Anne and Bob were very involved in the lives of their grandchildren. In between frequent weekend visits, they would always take each set of grandkids for a week at a time. Those visits were always busy and planned out with library story time, art projects, movie rentals, and pool or beach time. In Indiana, you would find them and their grandkids at Indiana Beach. But with their prime location next to Orlando, Florida, Anne and Bob visited Walt Disney World too many times to count! In 2020, they sold their Indiana home and Ponce Inlet became their sole residence.
Anne enjoyed the outdoors, boating, gardening, bowling, tennis, bridge, sudoku, cooking, the theater, anything Penn State, football, shopping, reading, socializing with friends, and being active in the lives of her children and grandchildren. Last, but not least, she loved her precious dogs, a few even named after Penn State, Joe Paw and Nittany Bear.
Anne leaves behind her loving and devoted husband Bob, her daughter Lisa Mekos of Monticello, IN. Her grandson Robbie Skeens and wife Kristina, her great-granddaughter Maddy, her great-granddaughter Ruby and great-grandson Jackson of Indianapolis, IN. Her grandson Brandon Skeens and wife Shannon, her great-grandsons Jadyn, Blayze, and Torren of Peru, IN. Her daughter Kim Fine and husband Tom of Carmel, IN, her granddaughters Regan and Natalie with fiancée Jordan Stephani of Chicago, IL.
There will be no service. The family wishes to have a private celebration of life. Memorial contributions may be made in Anne’s name to the charity of your choice.
Anne and Bob attending the Indy 500 with grandsons Robbie and Brandon and granddaughters Natalie and Regan.
Anne and Bob with grandsons Robbie and Brandon
Anne and Bob with twin granddaughters Natalie and Regan in Ponce Inlet
Anne and Bob at the wedding of daughter Kim to Tom Fine
Anne and Bob boating on Lake Freeman
Home in State College
Anne and Bob in high school
Anne and Bob with twin granddaughters Natalie and Regan
Anne West Virginia University cheerleading