Juanita Ann Babbitt “Ann”, 66, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by family on February 1, 2021, in Wasilla, Alaska.
Ann was born on May 8, 1954, to Lavern and Louise Wilson in Alice, Texas. Ann met the love of her life, Mark Babbitt, at church in Corpus Christi, Texas. She and Mark were married in Taft, Texas, in 1972, and departed for a three year Navy honeymoon in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
Ann was a devoted Navy wife for 30 years from 1972-2002, and was affectionately known as CINCHOUSE, Commander-in-Chief of the House. Following Guantanamo Bay, Cuba; she moved her home to Portsmouth, Virginia; Camp Lejeune, North Carolina; Washington DC; Monterey, California; Camp Pendleton, California; Twentynine Palms, California; Okinawa, Japan; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Iwakuni, Japan; and San Antonio, Texas. Ann was named a Yellow Rose of Texas by the Governor in 2002. When Mark retired from the Navy, she moved the family to Phoenix, Arizona, where they stayed for 14 years until deciding to take their adventure to Alaska.
Ann was a devout Christian woman who was steadfast in her faith and shared her faith with friends over the years. Her children and family were her priority. She loved her family and was especially proud of being Nana for her 13 grandchildren. With Nana, it was always an adventure and she loved road trips.
Ann is preceded in death by her father, Lavern Wilson.
Ann is survived by her loving husband of 49 years, Mark E. Babbitt; sons, Mark A. Babbitt and Jonathan D. Babbitt; daughters, Kathryn L. McAdams and Karalyn L. Ladd; mother, Louise Wilson; sister, Sandy Patton; and brother, Dale Wilson.