Manchester-by-the-Sea — Anne Willis made her transition to her next life on May 10 after a short illness. She died peacefully at home, with her sister-in-law by her side.
Anne lived in service to the welfare of children and her community. She was a lifelong resident of Manchester-by-the-Sea, Mass. She was a school teacher at the Manchester Memorial School for 37 years. She taught kindergarten and first grade. She was an active volunteer for the Red Cross, the Friends of the Library, the Visiting Nurses Association, the local Republican Party, and the Women's club. She was a good friend and generous benefactor of the Manchester Museum (the Historical Society). When she wasn't volunteering she loved spending her free time with friends at Singing Beach, assisting or rehearsing for a theatrical performance, enjoying golf with her dear friend, Stanwood Hooper, or arranging flowers for a special bouquet. She had a great love of traveling. Her love of traveling began at 16 when she traveled with her French teacher by boat to Paris, France. Anne and Stanwood took many trips together throughout the course of their relationship. England was one of their favorite destinations. She and her brother, Allen, also enjoyed the family's lake cabin on Ayers Pond in Barrington, N.H.
She is survived by her sister-in-law, Alice Willis, who was married to her late brother, Allen E Willis; her niece, Sue Anne Willis; nephew, David Floyd Willis, and his daughter, Kaitlyn; and nephew, Stephen Allen Willis and his wife, Cathy, and their daughters, Elizabeth and Stephanie.
ARRANGEMENTS: A memorial service will be held at the First Parish Congregational Church in Manchester–by-the-Sea, Mass., on Saturday, May 18, at 1 p.m. with a reception to follow at the church parish hall.
Contributions can be made in Anne's memory to The Hooper Fund, P.O. Box 544, Manchester, MA 01944, The Manchester Essex Conservation Trust, P.O. Box 1486 Manchester, MA 01944, or The VNA Care Network, 5 Federal St., Danvers, MA 01923. Arrangements by Campbell-Lee, Moody, Russell Funeral Home, 525 Cabot Street, North Beverly. Information, directions, and condolences at www campbellfuneral.com.