More Recollections of Annie

Here are a couple of additional pieces about our recently departed neighbor, Annie Laos. They may be informative for people who haven’t seen them already and I will be keeping them permanently on this site in the People & Places category. 

Anna Baffert Laos, a longtime businesswoman and community activist who supported the preservation of historical sites, died April 11 surrounded by family in her downtown Annie Laos Photo 2home. She was 87.

Laos died peacefully in the home she and her late husband, Roy Elias Laos Jr., moved into decades ago. She worked tirelessly renovating the vintage 1897 home — doing the labor herself and also overseeing contractors on major restoration projects, said her son, Roy B. Laos, a former Tucson city councilman.

He said among the values his mother taught him and his four brothers was that education was necessary. She stressed for them to study and learn. “It became important to my mom because her educational dreams were ripped away from her,” said the younger Laos, recalling that Anna enrolled at the University of Arizona to study geology after graduating from Tucson High School in 1947.

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Annie Laos Obituary

Annie Laos Photo

LAOS, Anna Baffert

Passed away peacefully at her home surrounded by family on April 11, 2017, at the age of 87 years. Anna is survived by her five children; Roy B. Laos, III, Jeffery B. Laos, Sr., Enrico B. Laos, Marco B. Laos (Plano, TX) and Rene B. Laos. In addition, she is survived by 14 grand children and three great-grandchildren. Anna “Annie” was born on December 26, 1929, in Tucson, Arizona. She graduated from Tucson High School and completed two years of study at the University of Arizona. She married Roy E. Laos, Jr., her sweetheart/a local Pharmacist and businessman in 1952. After marriage, Anna worked alongside her husband in their family Pharmacy/Retail business known as “Roy’s Arizona Pharmacy” located at South Six Avenue and 17th Street (now know as Roy’s Corner). Her children remember her as a caring and driven mother who encouraged them to pursue their goals. Anna was accomplished in local politics and civic activities. Anna was a witty and dedicated individual who loved the City of Tucson and who was passionate about proper and productive changes for the better of its citizens. A Funeral is scheduled for 9:00 a.m. on April 22, 2017 at St. Augustine Cathedral Church located on Stone Avenue in Downtown Tucson; a reception to follow (Fraternal Order of the Eagles Hall 1530 N. Stone Avenue beginning at 10:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.) for a celebration of Anna’s life. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Casa De La Luz Foundation at 7740 N. Oracle Road, Tucson, AZ 85704. The family would like to thank the staff and caregivers from Casa De La Luz for their support, care and dedication. Family thanks Carrillo Mortuary for their excellent service. Arrangements by CARRILLO’S TUCSON MORTUARY, INC.

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Glad to be Home

Donna and I just returned from a great car trip to San Francisco with another couple. We have visited there a couple of times but it has been over 30 years since our last visit. We wanted to see a few things new to us and to refresh our recollection of the historic and cultural sites there. As you might expect, great food was a central theme of our adventure.

There are too many wonderful experiences in SF for me to mention them all but I want to touch on a few. Without doubt our best dining experience was at the Marrakesh restaurant. We had the five course dinner which featured lamb and chicken dishes that were all excellent. The meal was not cheap but was reasonable in line with typical SF prices. This city is not cheap. Continue reading “Glad to be Home”

Historic Gem on S. 4th

Among the appealing features of Armory Park is its historic character from its panorama of classic residences. One of the finest of these is the McGinty-Laos house on South 4th Avenue. It was built in 1897 and hosted President Teddy Roosevelt on a visit to Tucson. It is cited among the architectural examples included in the armory park:74 ff study by the U of A College of Architecture in 1974. This study formed the foundation for the process which led to creation of the AP Historic District in which we live today. Continue reading “Historic Gem on S. 4th”