Annie was an old soul born under the biggest and brightest moon we have ever seen. Her birth brought so much joy and happiness to all of us. Richfield, Minn., was her childhood home. It was filled with many fond memories. Her friends then were such an important part of her existence, and they all loved her free spirit.

Her life struggles began in her teens and ended with an unintentional overdose Oct. 11, 2018.

A celebration of life service will be held Nov. 16 at 10:30 a.m., at Unity South Church, 7950 First Ave. S., Bloomington, MN 55420 Memorials are preferred to Carol or Ted for the benefit of Megan and Lauren at 13450 Settlers Ridge Drive. Burnsville, MN 55337

Annie's biggest achievement and greatest joy was her two daughters, Megan, 16, and Lauren, 15. She was so very proud of them, and the love they shared was unbreakable. There were so many happy moments for the three of them. They shared a love of music, horror movies, snuggling, laughter, trips, and going "up north" to Walker, which is a place where Annie felt the safest. There she could truly be free.

During the last few years, Annie isolated more while struggling with her demons, only finding solace in her addiction. She so badly wanted a happier and better life for herself and her daughters, but the disease took hold and wouldn't let go. We believed and hoped, as we always did, that she would overcome and live the life she deserved. We are devastated, but Annie is now free and at peace. She leaves behind a family that grieves for her and so many lost chances. If love could have saved her, she would have been here forever.

She is survived by her daughters Megan and Lauren; her cats, Rowena, Ligeia and Jezebel; mom Carol; dad Ted; sisters Michelle (Tim) Potter and nieces Sarah and Sophie.