(nee Ruth Anne Williams) died on April 25, 2013, in her
beloved home in Sherman Park after an arduous battle with cancer.
Anne was the most loving of mothers to her beloved son Mark, the most
cherishing of her family and friends, and the most generous human
being. All who knew her cannot but be deeply touched by this sad loss
to the world.
Anne grew up in Lima, Ohio, with her parents Virgil and Lenora Williams
and her one sister and two brothers. In 1960 she went to Taylor
University in Upland, Indiana, where she took degrees in English and
biology. There she met her soon-to-be husband David Channell whom she
married in 1966. David and Anne embarked on a life together of travel,
art and studying which took them to Ohio State, Rutgers University,
London, England, Greece and the University of Florida. In 1967 Anne
and David were blessed with a son Mark.
In 1972 Anne came to Milwaukee to join the faculty of Milwaukee Area
Technical College as an English teacher in the Crossover Program. She
remained there as a dedicated teacher and a strong supporter of her
colleagues until her retirement in 2007. She was a proud union
activist and with the help of other staff began the mentoring program
that assisted new teachers in adjusting to life and the classrooms of
MATC. Her students knew her as a wise woman who was always available
to aid them in their life journeys.
Anne had a remarkable capacity for meeting others and making strong
friendships. She loved reading, crossword puzzles, musicals and all
theater, Elton John, Leonard Cohen, and only the hardest Sudoku which
kept her brilliant mind sharp and active until near her death. The
world and all its life fascinated her and led her to make many
explorations: Australia, New Zealand, Greece, Russia, Costa Rica, the
Galapagos, and across the United States and Canada. Still on her
immediate Bucket List were Alaska and Budapest.
Above all Anne believed in acts of Social Justice. Her life and
resources attested to this fact in so many ways…living in the dream of
Sherman Park, volunteering in organizations that aided those who had
not been as blessed as she, sharing material gifts she had earned with
others in need. She gave and in her generous heart of giving, she
received. Her modesty and kindness mean that no one will ever know the
extent of her generosity, but many grieve today the loss of their "best
Anne's mother and father predeceased her, but she is survived by her
son Mark who loves her still with all his heart, by her sister Mary and
husband Lynn Whitney in Colorado, her brother Ken and wife Hannah of
Indianapolis, Indiana, her brother Tom and wife Mary of Columbus,
Ohio, and her constant friend and companion Alan Shucard,. .Assorted
nieces and nephews mourn her passing as do a myriad of grieving friends
whose memories of her would fill a library.
The family wishes to express their deepest gratitude to the lovely
ladies from Kingdom Hall (organized by her dear friend Mae Joy) who
cared for Anne with such love in her last days. Also to end life in
her much loved home would not have been possible without the consistent
care and wise minds of her dearest friends Mary Ward and Carol Holley.
Words cannot express the joy these people brought to Anne and the
comfort they brought to her family and friends who could not physically
A celebratory party will be held for Anne at a later date, and her
ashes will be joined back to the earth in places she loved. Gifts to
honor her too short life may be made to any of the following: The
Hunger Task Force, Bread of Healing, or the Sherman Park Association.