Annie Carolyn Millard passed away Nov. 23, 2012 in Caballo, N.M. She was born June 30, 1921 in West Point Ark., the daughter of John Burton Pryor and Carolyn Blake. Annie was very active and political her whole life. She was the first teacher to launch President Lyndon Baines Johnson's Head Start program in El Paso, Texas. Annie taught young underprivileged Hispanics English before they started first grade. As a teacher her motto was, "I never had a child misbehave in any of my classes, I made sure they all felt special." Next she answered the call from President John F. Kennedy to join the Peace Corps. She and her second husband Harold "Mac" McManus were stationed in the Micronesia Islands. There she taught life skills while he taught construction and bringing fresh water to these small villages. In her final years her life became very politically active in Caballo, campaigning for the Republican Party. Graduating as a journalist from college she put those skills to work becoming a Republican voice for the farmers and ranchers in her community. She left behind her beloved husband Richard Millard who took good care of her and fulfilled her last wish to die in her home in Caballo. Annie is survived by her three children, Ruth Hogan, Tom DeWitt, and Sharold Britt. She is also survived by her grandchildren Tom and Barbra DeWitt, Pacia McManus, Ami Gorman, and many great-grandchildren, and countless people she influenced throughout her life. Annie was a teacher first and the one thing she taught everyone was unconditional love to everyone she meet.
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Published in Las Cruces Sun-News on Dec. 6, 2012