Anne Ruth Rozier entered this world on June 16, 1948 and was the youngest of six children born to Edward Banks and Ruth Koos Banks. Raised on the lower east side of Manhattan, she attended New York City public schools graduating from Mabel Dean Bacon High School.
In 1963 following the death of her father, Anne along with her mother and brother Thomas moved to Brooklyn, New York. It was here in 1969 that she would marry the love of her life, Anthony Rozier. They moved into the Clinton Hill Co-ops where they developed many long-lasting friendships. They shared thirty-nine years of devotion to one another until the Lord called him home in 2009.
For several years, Anne held a corporate job with Blue Cross/ Blue Shield, and later in life she worked for the Board of Education. She was assigned to The Brooklyn School for Career Development where she developed strong relationships with many of the students. She retired from the Board of Education to become Anthony’s caretaker when he became ill.
Anne’s greatest gift was her love for the children of Clinton Hill. For many parents, she was the caretaker for the babies and little ones, enabling them to go to work, continue their education or to help a parent get their life together. She provided a safe and nurturing environment that gave parents peace of mind. Her door was always open to the children and young people who knew her home was a safe haven. Leadys Duran was one of many children with whom Anne became close. After finding herself in a difficult situation, Leadys asked Anne if she and Anthony would adopt her daughter to give her a stable home environment. In 1992, Alexandria Mariah became a blessed addition to the Rozier home. The Roziers continued the bond with Leadys so Alex would also have a relationship with her other siblings.
Several of Anne’s activities were cooking and exchanging recipes with family and friends, and enjoying the old black & white movies on television. She also had a gift of telling stories in such a way that would have everyone listening in tears laughing. Anne wasn’t shy about speaking out against injustice or the correction of any wrong doings. In fact, she was instrumental in getting the outside ramp installed leading up to the front door of 209 Clinton Avenue where she lived. She was Anthony’s health advocate and became very knowledgeable of the ins and outs of the Health Care System, Health Insurance coverage and Social Security benefits. On Tuesday, February 27, 2018, Anne Rozier departed this life. Though predeceased by her parents: Edward and Ruth Banks, her soulmate Anthony Rozier, and her brother Edward Banks, Jr., she leaves to mourn and cherish her memory, her daughter Alexandria Mariah; her sisters: Juanita McCrimmon, Dolores Faison and Lillian Smith-Bannerman; her brother Thomas Banks; her sister-in-law Marina Banks; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. In addition to the many children and young adults whose lives she touched, Anne will be greatly missed by the residents of the Clinton Hill community -- past and present.