HENDERSONVILLE, N.C. — Anna Lee (Horton) Williamson, 86, a longtime resident of Centerburg, Ohio, (recently living in Hendersonville, N.C.) died Thursday, Jan. 20, 2011. She had a wonderful life and died peacefully in her sleep.
She was born May 1, 1924, in Richlands, Va., to Rosa and Elbert Horton. Her sister, Lena Bowers, lives in Westerville, Ohio. Her husband, Dewitt “Smokey” Williamson, died in 2009. They met while he was stationed at Kenyon College and married on Dec. 4, 1943. Ann and Smokey were married for more than 65 years.
Ann’s three children will greatly miss her. Karen (George) Gorsline lives in Toronto, Canada, Jack (Sharon) Williamson lives in Danvillle, Ky., and Jill (Steve) Frye lives in Hendersonville, N.C. There are six grandchildren (Alice, Eric, Max, Jay, Kate and Kristin) who loved to play games with Grandma and eat her pies. There are also five great-grandchildren. This past summer she held the newest great-grandchild.
Ann was a passionate person. She loved being creative: decorating, cooking, crafts, gardening, and organizing outings. She enjoyed playing games or working on crafts with children. She was a longtime member of the Church of Christ. She adopted animals, and enjoyed nature while hiking with friends.
Ann attended Gallaudet University in Washington, D.C., to become a sign language interpreter. She also taught sign language classes.
Ann had not been well for some time. Her limited mobility and lapses in memory frustrated her, but she would still occasionally crack a joke and laugh.
A private remembrance to be held for immediate family. Condolences may be sent to P.O. Box 1085, Skyland, NC 28776.