In 1965, Ann was delivered, premature and tiny, into the arms of her family in Gloucester, which included two older brothers, Billy and Guy, and her mom and dad, Peggy and Bill. Ann’s parents named her Mildred Ann after her maternal grandmother, but she was always known to all as Ann.
She developed an early and lifelong devotion to the Dallas Cowboys when she met Tom Landry at age six. In her last few weeks, she wore nothing but Cowboys attire.
Ann completed her master’s degree in counseling and found her calling in the movement to end sexual and domestic violence. She was employed by the Virginia Sexual and Domestic Action Alliance for over 20 years. At work, she met and fell in love with her partner and wife of 20 years, Sherrie Goggans.
Ann loved her family and friends, her dogs and cats, the beach, and her home with Sherrie in Henrico. She was an accomplished artist and finished stained-glass pieces, furniture, graphic sketches, and oil paintings. She loved mowing grass in the spring, playing softball in the summer, blowing leaves in the fall, and building fires in the winter. Home is where her heart lives.
Ann is survived by her spouse, Sherrie; her mother, Peggy; her brothers, Billy and Guy, their wives, Lori and Melanie; five nieces; great-niece and great-nephew; stepchildren, John and Shelley Pence, and their two boys, Sherrie’s extended family, and a village of devoted friends.
In keeping with Ann’s wishes, please join us for a celebration of her life at 5 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018, at the Unitarian Universalist Community Church, 11105 Cauthorne Road, Glen Allen, Va. 23059. Dress is weekend casual, Ann’s favorite.
In lieu of flowers, please consider sending a donation to the Visual Arts Center of Richmond where Ann spent many happy hours over the past 10 years.