St. Anne, and her husband, Saint Joachim are believed to have been well off, and engaged in prayer and good works. They were childless until the birth of Mary in Anne's old age. Anne and Joachim dedicated Mary to the Temple when the child was three years old in thanksgiving for her birth. Mary became the mother of Jesus.
Anne is often represented with a door, or a book, teaching Mary to read scriptures.
Understandibly Saint Anne is the patron saint of Grandmothers as well as a long list including poverty, lace workers, broom makers, old clothes dealers, miners, seamstresses, Canada, cabinet makers, women in labour, childless people, housewives and homemakers.