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Channell, Anne (Née 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 friend." 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 be present. 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.

Published in Milwaukee Journal Sentinel on May 5, 2013
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