Anelyn “Annie” Doble Cenit Maddy (64)
SIERRA VISTA, ARIZONA – On the morning of July 8th, 2020 Anelyn Doble Cenit Maddy passed away in the loving arms of her sons at Banner Medical Center in Tucson, Arizona. Annie was 64 years old.
Born in Cebu, Philippines on February 13, 1956 Annie was the 7th child of 10 to Abundio Cenit and Leonarda Cenit. Annie was a voracious student of life, and she thirsted for knowledge and an understanding of the world. She initially sought this knowledge by studying at the University of San Jose Recoletos in Cebu. In her late teens Annie contracted Tuberculosis. This did little to stop Annie’s thirst for knowledge, life, and family. She never allowed her condition to define her, and instead defined herself through her actions and godliness. She always maintained a positive attitude and an unwavering faith.
Annie is a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. God and His promise of eternal life was a constant source of hope for her, and every aspect of her life revolved around her faith. It seemed that whenever she had the time, she would be reading her scriptures, or spending the opportunity to share her faith to those who would listen. She spent her life in active service to her Lord, and took special hope and comfort from Alma 11:43, “Whosoever shall put their trust in God shall be supported in their trials, and their troubles, and their afflictions, and shall be lifted up at the last day”.
In December of 1980, Annie moved to the United States and became a naturalized citizen. Moving to the U.S. was always a dream of hers, and she always referred to the United States as “the land of Milk and Honey”.
When Annie lived in Jacksonville, North Carolina she met Gene Charles Maddy, and on August 3rd, 1983 they were married. Together they had 3 sons and 1 daughter. Life as a military spouse was both fulfilling and hectic, and she found herself moving to various locations around the world and the United States, including Okinawa, Japan; Waco, TX; and Quantico, VA; ultimately ending up in Reynoldsburg, OH when her husband retired. Through much of this time, Annie always tried to be close to her children. During life in Okinawa, she became a teacher’s aide so that she could be near them while they were at school. This was a testament of how much her children and family meant to her, and the effort to which she would go for her family.
In September of 2015, she moved to Sierra Vista, AZ to be with her sons. It was during this time that she was able to meet and spend time with her grandchildren. She loved being a grandmother and experienced her own unique happiness in seeing them. She would often ask to babysit just so that she could enjoy time with them. Her grandchildren are Kainoa Maddy, Payton Maddy, and Braydon Maddy.
Annie loved to write about her life experiences, and religiously wrote in her journal every day. She has mounds of notebooks, and sometimes even loose-leaf paper, filled with her life stories, insights, and observations. One of her many insights from amongst her journals says, “Pursuing your dream doesn’t mean sitting around and waiting until it comes, because it will never happen… It takes a lot of hard work, pure dedication, and an enduring attitude”. She was such a caring and compassionate person, and she took special care to ensure that her loved ones knew how much she cared. Another of her journal entries states, “Never miss an opportunity to tell someone you love them. Teach what you know, learn what you don’t. Remember that some things are urgent, and others are important; know the difference. If you want something out of yesterday, put something into it.” This quote exemplifies the sheer capacity of her heart, and the enduring nature of her personality. She was never one to give up.
One of her favorite hobbies was to cook for her family. Lumpia was her specialty and some of her most cherished times were sitting around the dinner table playing board games with her children with many of these family events involving lumpia. This love of cooking was passed down to her sons, each of whom shares the same love of cooking for their families.
Annie was preceded in death by her brothers Reynaldo, Abundio Jr., and Joseph; her mother Leonarda; and her father Abundio.
She is survived by her husband Gene; her sons Jeremy (36), Justin (34), and Jonathan (34); and her daughter Genevieve (26). She is also survived by her loving brothers and sisters Lucita, Bernadette, Evelyn, Allan, Marlene, and Victor.
Annie will be laid to rest at the Southern Arizona Veteran’s Cemetery at 1300 Buffalo Soldier Trail in Sierra Vista.
She will always be lovingly remembered.
For anyone who wishes to pay their respects to Anelyn Doble Cenit Maddy, visitation will be held at the Hatfield Funeral Home (830 S. Hwy 92, Sierra Vista, AZ 85635) on Wednesday, July 15th between the hours of 9AM to 11AM.
Annie will be buried at noon on the same day at the Southern Arizona Veteran’s Cemetery. Unfortunately, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, AZ state guidelines, and cemetery restrictions only select family members (not in excess of 10 people) will be able to attend the burial services. We ask for the understanding and patience of those not able to attend.
Additionally, a memorial service will be held in her honor on the same day at 130PM at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (1655 S Avenida Del Sol, Sierra Vista, AZ 85635). All are welcome to attend.
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