Ann Romney, wife of current presidential candidate Mitt Romney, met her husband, Mitt while in elementary school. She says she even remembers him throwing pebbles at her while she was riding her horse.
Ann was named Ann Lois Davies on April 6th 1949. She was raised in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan.
Ann attended high school at Kingswood, and started dating Mitt when she was 16 years old. He was a senior and two years older than her. After Mitt graduated High School he spent two years in France as a Mormon missionary. She converted to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints while Mitt Romney was gone.
They had discussed marriage while dating but Ann left for Brigham Young University-Utah and began dating other young men. She even sent him a ‘Dear John’ letter, (Mormon slang for breaking up with him) when things became serious with Kim Cameron.
Mitt continued writing her and was able to win her back when he returned. They wanted to get married two weeks later, but their parents adamantly objected and they put the wedding off for another three months. They were married on March 21st, 1969. They had a civil union at Ann’s home in Bloomfield, before heading to Salt Lake City for a religious ceremony in the Salt Lake Temple.
Their first son, Tag was born in 1970 while they were still under grads at BYU. She was 21 at the time and living in the married student housing of a basement apartment. They had their second son, Matt in 1971 while Ann finished her Bachelor of Arts degree.
Their next three sons, Josh, Ben and Craig were born in 1975, 1978 and 1981 respectively. Ann stayed home to raise the boys while Mitt pursued his career as a businessman and then in law and politics. She supported him as he earned his degree, remained active in his church, became an entrepreneur and eventually ran for political offices.
Ann Romney was diagnosed with MS in the fall of 1998. She had been suffering for the previous year with severe numbness and fatigue among other things. After having thought that she had Lou Gehrig’s Disease, when she found out it was MS, she was relieved. She described that first year as being horrible and feeling as if she had a cloud over her. 1998 continued to be an incredibly difficult year for Ann.
The year following her diagnosis Mitt Romney came to terms with what his wife was having to endure. Ann says her husband often reminds her that he loves her for who she is, not what she does, including raising their five boys, and they would still have a full life. On one of their travels she states:
“Having my husband give me that perspective when I was losing my perspective and a little frightened and a little overwhelmed, it was wonderful to have him there,”
He asked her to join him at the 2002 Winter Olympics early because of the loneliness he experienced without her. He said this “I couldn’t operate without Ann. We’re a partnership. We’ve always been a partnership so her being healthy and our being able to be together is essential.”
About the author:
Dani Jane Price was 9 years old when her mom was diagnosed with MS. She graduated with a bachelors degree in Child and Family Development from Southern Virginia University. Dani is happily married to a wonderful husband of 5 years and dedicates her time to nurture and raise her two beautiful daughters. Dani is a talented singer, enjoys music and participates in the community.