In Memory & Celebration for the Life of
Anna "Ms. Ann" Williams
June 18, 1938
October 24, 2018
Don’t grieve for me, for now I’m free,
I’m following the path God laid for me,
I took his hand when I heard him call,
I turned my back, and left it all.
I could not stay another day,
To laugh, to love, to work or (bingo) play,
Tasks left undone must stay that way,
I found that peace at the close of day.
If my parting has left a void,
Then fill it with remembering joy,
A friendship shared, a laugh, a kiss,
Oh Yes, these things I too will miss.
Be not burdened with times of sorrow,
I wish you the sunshine of tomorrow.
My Life’s been full, I’ve savored much,
Good friends, good times, a loved one’s touch.
Perhaps my time seemed all too brief,
Don’t lengthen it now with undue grief,
Lift up your hearts and share with me,
God wanted me now, I’ve been set free.
Most people knew her, as the lady in the scooter with the American flags flying in the breeze! Anna “Ms. Ann” Williams was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, June 18, 1938, to Katherine Lewis. At a young age, due to her mom’s illness, she lived in a foster home with foster mom, Ms. Davis. She has one biological sister and two brothers along with three foster sisters. She was fortunate to live with Ms. Davis until the age of eighteen. In 1955, after graduating from Simon Gratz High School, she went to Dobbins Vocational School where she studied to be a power machine operator. As a result, she obtained a job at Quarter Master where she made uniforms, duffle bags, American Flags etc., for the U.S. Government. After 10 years, Anna left and went to work at Philco, which was a soldering job. Philco produced TV’s. During that time, in 1958, Anna gave birth to daughter Cheryl, and in 1961, another daughter Michelle. Anna was a single mom and continued to live in Philadelphia. In Junior High and High School, Anna was known to be at Broad and Poplar Street, singing spirituals with the Met Choir, as well as, the Children’s Church of the Air, and Tomlin Acapella Choir. Not to forget, in 1948, at the tender age of 10 years old, Anna appeared with the Philadelphia Orchestra at the Academy of Music. She gave up a singing career to raise her two daughters. Anna later worked at a Five & Dime store until the store closed its doors. Anna then worked at a friend’s bar as the manager and managed several bars until she acquired her own bar, “Ms. Ann’s Place,” until her stroke in 1996. Anna agreed to move to Texas to be closer to daughter, Michelle. She moved to New Braunfels, TX, into Laurel Plaza in 1996. Bingo, puzzles, and fighting for wheelchair rights, occupied her time until she moved into a skilled nursing facility in Fort Worth, Texas. She was actively present in her community where she called Bingo, and became the President of all Tenants’ at the skilled nursing home. She was the voice for many of the elderly who were not able to walk or leave their room. Anna always spoke for community rights, as well as, living improvements for all. She was a strong person until the end. She was loved by many. In September 2018, Anna rededicated her life to Jesus Christ. On October 24, 2018, at 6:30 p.m. God reached forth his arms and swiftly enfolded her to his breast. Anna, who lived to see age 80, in the presence of her daughter Michelle, took her last breath. Anna is survived by her two daughters, Cheryl McKinney and Michelle Ferrell; two grandchildren, Jose’ Ferrell Jr. and India Chatmon; India’s husband, Robert Chatmon; four great grandchildren, Robert II, Christopher, Ruth Ann, and Joshua; sister, Ethel Warner, and brother, Edward Lewis 100 y/o Aunt Mary Nelson-Gale; Uncle Johnny Williams, and other family members. Anna’s loyal friends over-the-years: Reverend and Cherron Boston, Sharon Samples, Mary Patino, Diane and Harry Price, Ruby Hartman, Ms. Rubie, Cassie Rivers, Claretha Evans, Doris Fitchett, Arthur Washington, and oldest friend from high school, Ms. Ivory King; and many more. Anna is preceded in death by her mother, Katherine Lewis; sister Nellie Crawford; uncle Bobby Williams; great grandson, Joseph Chatmon, cousin, Henry Williams, and others who went to be with the Lord.
“Ms. Ann” was determined to Vote. Additionally, she loved to dress up in October. One year she dressed up as Ms. Aluminum foil; winning a first place prize. Anna, Cheryl, and Michelle spent quality time together in September 2018. Anna was very happy. Cheryl and Mikki loved their mother. She loved her daughters, loved to smile, and to give others a reason to smile. She loved calling Bingo. Please enjoy the pictures, and remember her beautiful heart and smile.
The family wishes to express our sincere thanks and appreciation to all who gave of themselves during this difficult time. Your kind expressions of sympathy have been acknowledged. May God richly bless each of you for your prayers and thoughtfulness.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a contribution to Anna's memorial fund which can be seen by clicking HERE.