Anne Belle Wright Johnson Milar, age 81, of Maineville, Ohio, passed away peacefully on July 4, 2014, after a brave battle with Alzheimer’s disease.
She was born Jan. 19, 1933, at a home near Mount Crawford, Va., to the late Roy Clarence Wright and Geraldine Lena Slaybaugh Wright.
Ann is survived by her husband of 35 years, James Louis Milar of Maineville, Ohio; her brother, Richard Cleveland Wright of Bridgewater; children, David Scott Johnson and Judith Ann Johnson of Seattle, Wash., and Karen Sue Johnson of Cincinnati, Ohio; grandchildren, Andrew John Lawrence, Anneli Linnea Johnson and Claire Elizabeth Gowdy; and a great-granddaughter, Eloise Clementine Gowdy. She was preceded in death by her parents, brother, Paul Jennings Wright, and sister, Dorothy Jane Wright Simmons.
She grew up on the family farm near Mount Crawford. She graduated from North River High School and then pursued music studies at Bridgewater College, where she met her first husband, Dr. William Raymond Johnson of Mount Sidney. After marrying in 1953, they moved to Cincinnati, Ohio, raising their children there. Ann loved to sing, and performed with The Cincinnati Music Theater. She subsequently earned a master’s degree in English from Xavier University and taught in Mariemont School District for many years. In 1979, Ann married James Louis Milar of Cincinnati, then resided in Maineville, Ohio, and Ankara, Turkey.
Ann loved to garden, travel, entertain, and enjoyed genealogy, music, arts and the theater. Her strength, loving spirit, sense of style, artistic flair and joie de vivre will be remembered by all who met her.
She and Jim were longtime members of Hyde Park Community Methodist Church, where a memorial service will be held at a later date. The family wishes to thank Crossroads Hospice for their dedication to easing the journey from this life to the next.