Ann Hoover Johnson Dees, of Burgaw, died peacefully Monday, April 13, 2015, at New Hanover Regional Medical Center with family at her bedside. She was 87.
She was born Sept. 29, 1927, in Wilmington, the daughter of the late Joab F. Johnson Sr. and Edith Hoover Johnson.
Ann Hoover is survived by her children, Fred J. Dees, of Four Oaks, Alicia Dees Taylor (Mike), of Burgaw, John Tyler Dees Jr. (Sue Holmun), of Scotts Hill and Richard E. Dees, of Burgaw; grandchildren, Fred Dees Jr., Murray E. Dees, Thomas C. Dees, M. Ivey Taylor, Laura T. Ulrich, Ricky Dees and Sammy Dees; great-grandson, Carter Ulrich; sister, Mary Susanna Johnson, of Burgaw; brother, Joab F. Johnson Jr. (Emily), of Burgaw; and several nieces and nephews.
Ann Hoover grew up on the family farm near Wards Corner, graduated from Burgaw High School in 1944 as valedictorian and from The Woman’s College of the University of North Carolina (now UNC-Greensboro) in 1948 with a degree in business. She married John Tyler Dees and they moved back to Burgaw after she worked in Chapel Hill and Durham while he completed medical school.
As John established his medical practice, Ann Hoover was a homemaker and mother, active in the community and state. She held leadership positions in the Burgaw United Methodist Church Women, Cub Scouts, Girl Scouts and was a dedicated grade mother and parent volunteer while her children were in school.
She was very active on historical committees such as the Pender County Historical Society, Pender County Museum, Moores Creek Battleground Association and the Burgaw Centennial. An advocate of higher education, she was a regional chairwoman of the Katherine Smith Reynolds Scholarship committee for UNCG. In 1991, she was active in Citizens of Pender, the organization opposing the siting of a hazardous waste incinerator.
Ann Hoover had many hobbies and talents: sewing, gardening, refinishing furniture and she especially enjoyed being in the Burgaw Research Club and the Thursday Burgaw Bridge Club. Over the years, her employment included working in Pender courthouse offices during high school years and college summers; teaching high school business courses; selling World Book Encyclopedia; typing multiple historical publications; and serving as a financial administrative assistant for Dean Witter.
Ann Hoover loved people, their family stories and history. She was a strong woman with a quick sense of humor who enjoyed the friendships of small town life.
The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, April 16, 2015, at Quinn-McGowen Funeral Home in Burgaw. Graveside funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, April 17, 2015, at Burgaw Cemetery with the Rev. Ellen McCubbin officiating.
In lieu of flowers the family suggests that you consider a memorial gift in memory of Ann Hoover Dees to Pender County Historical Society, P.O. Box 1380, Burgaw, NC 28425.
Please leave online condolences for the family at Quinn McGowen Funeral Home.
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