Mildred Ann Williams Johnson, 82, passed away peacefully Saturday morning, May 7, 2016. ‘Ann’ was born September 3, 1933, in Wilmington. She was preceded in death by her beloved parents, Herbert Renton Williams and Mildred Colwell Williams, founders of Williams Cleaners. Ann grew up on Wolcott Avenue in Carolina Place, graduated from New Hanover High School in 1951 and attended East Carolina University.
She is survived by her husband of 63 years, Joseph Henry Johnson Jr. of Middle Sound; and three children, including her son, Joseph Henry Johnson III, and his wife, Karen, of Wilmington, daughter, Elizabeth (Beth) Ann Johnson Lennon, and her husband, John, of Wilmington, and son, Mark Williams Johnson, and wife, Traci, of Charleston; and cousin, Martha Jean Coffield, who was like a sister to her. Ann’s greatest joy in life were her seven grandchildren, who, along with many others, affectionately called her ‘Granny Ann,’ Kevin Wesley Johnson, and his wife, Rebecca, Brian Joseph Johnson, and his wife, Amber, Preston John Lennon, Avery Ann Lennon, Whitley Colwell Lennon, Lindsay Gallo and Connor Williams Johnson; and two precious great-grandchildren, Joseph Kenneth Johnson and Michael Wesley Johnson.
Ann worked for Southern Bell telephone company as assistant chief operator and Swift Chemical Company as an accountant before turning her attention to real estate. She was a successful Realtor for 20 years before her retirement in 1998.
Ann was baptized and married at First Baptist Church and later joined Trinity United Methodist Church, where she had been a member for 63 years. Ann had a special place in her heart for her friends and felt fortunate to enjoy her ‘Bridge Club’ for over 60 years, playing bridge and traveling to Holden Beach, a favorite place for her. She also loved flowers, family meals together, being on the water, and all her special dogs; and there were many. Ann is remembered as a gentle-spirited woman with an ease to laugh. She was generous with her love to all who knew her and always an example of a life well lived.
The family would like to thank The Lower Cape Fear Hospice Care Center for their extraordinary care.
Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, May 10, at Coble Ward-Smith Funeral Home, Oleander Drive. Funeral services will be held at Trinity United Methodist Church at 11 a.m. Wednesday, May 12, with a celebration of life luncheon to follow at the church. Interment will be held at 2 p.m. in Oleander Memorial Gardens.
In lieu of flowers donations can be made to Lower Cape Fear Hospice Foundation, or the charity of one’s choice.
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