Anna Williams was born April 17, 1932 in St. Louis, MO. She was the youngest child of the late James and Jeannette Brown. Her brother James G. Brown, Jr. and sister Rosemary V. Brown Dupree also preceded her in death.
She was educated in the Evanston school system. Anna began her career in coin operations and as a long distance operator at Illinois Bell Telephone Company, Evanston, IL. During the holiday seasons, she was a pianist. She worked for the Board of Education, District 65, which was located at the Evanston Public Library, as a clerk and relief telephone operator. Anna later worked for the United States Postal Service as a window clerk. She often served as the postmaster’s secretary when his secretary was on vacation. She was also a member on the Civil Service Board where she administered testing for applicants. After the post office, Anna went to work for Northwestern University on the Evanston Campus for 10 years as a clerk from 1992-2002. She then went to work for Loyola University, Water Tower Campus, as a clerk for five years (2002-2007). She retired from the work force at the age of 75 years old.
Anna’s favorite scripture was Psalm 91. Her favorite color was green and her favorite song was Ave Maria (Schubert). Other favorites include movies: Lilies of the Field, Yankee Doodle Dandy, Drivin’ Miss Daisy; movie stars and singers: Sidney Poitier, Billy Dee Williams, Paul Newman, Bette Davis, Lena Horne and Nat King Cole.
Anna’s hobbies included: playing classical music, photography, reading celebrity biographies, raising houseplants, watching figure skating, and the Winter Olympics. But most of all, Anna enjoyed time with her family!
Anna joined Second Baptist Church in 1944, under the pastorate of the Reverend J. Gentry Horace. She sang in the youth choir, the senior choir and chancel choir. She played piano for the Sunshine Band; taught teenagers in Sunday school; taught beginner’s class in Vacation Bible School. Anna also served as the Church Announcement Clerk . She mailed bulletins weekly to out-of-state members and former members and hand delivered some within the community since 1980. She took this ministry over from her parents who mailed out bulletins from 1944 -1980.
Anna was a member of the Pride of the North Chapter, No. 61, Order of the Easter Star which she joined in 1957. She served as: Associate Conductress, Conductress, Associate Matron, Worthy Matron (1970), Marshall, Assistant Secretary and Organist.
Anna’s love will always ring in the hearts of her family, including her sister Rosamond X. (Raymond) Sanders; three daughters, five grandchildren; 13 great grandchildren, cousins, nieces, nephews and a host of friends.
Arrangements entrusted to Thompson Funeral & Cremation Services, Inc. ~ Mr. Philip L. Gillette ~ Funeral Director