Obituary: Annie Ewing Knapp Boomer

August 12, 2016
By Marcy Shortuse

Annie Boomer
A lifelong collector, talented artist and feisty competitor, Annie Ewing Knapp Boomer passed away peacefully on July 24, 2016 at her home in Pointe Aux Barques, Mich. Her family helped her transition out of this life by recounting funny stories about her, drinking martinis and toasting to her indomitable spirit.
Annie was 86 years old and despite her cancer diagnosis, she continued to live with characteristic grace, gratitude, courage, joy and humor.
Annie, who grew up in St. Louis and attended Villa Duchesne School, met her husband, Bob, at Pointe Aux Barques, where their families had summer homes. They were married for 63 years and raised their five children in Grosse Pointe, Mich. After Bob retired, they split their time between Pointe Aux Barques and Boca Grande, where they had a home for over 20 years. If she loved you, you were family; her generous spirit extended to friends — and animals — and she treated all like family.
In addition to a love of family, Annie and Bob shared a passion for traveling and visited nearly 60 countries across 6 continents. She went zip lining in Costa Rica, dune-buggy riding in Dubai, on safari in Botswana and polar-bear watching in Manitoba, collecting “treasures” such as swizzle sticks and matchbooks along the way.
Annie considered herself the caretaker of several generations’ worth of her family’s belongings, some of which she donated to the Missouri Historical Society and The Charleston Museum. She also donated her time to several organizations, including Pointe Aux Barques, where she spent decades chairing numerous committees, The National Society of The Colonial Dames of America and the Junior League of Detroit, which recognized her for her service.
Annie is survived by her husband, Bob; their children George (Allison) of Corvallis, Ore., Anne Milligan (Edward) of Grosse Pointe, Robert (Julia) of Grosse Pointe Farms, Catherine (Steve Germic) of Port Austin, Mich., and Ellen of Washington, D.C. and their grandchildren, Max and Andy Boomer, Scot and Charlie Milligan and Eloise Germic.
The family will have a memorial service for Annie on October 8 at Pointe Aux Barques and anticipates hosting a memorial in Grosse Pointe in the spring of 2017. Please email for details. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials to The Grosse Pointe Academy, the Pointe Aux Barques Special Gift Fund, Suncoast Humane Society or The National Society of The Colonial Dames of America.