Ann Bray Wilson, 81, centered her life on family and friends

Ann Bray Wilson
Ann Bray Wilson

Ann Bray Wilson, 81, passed away peacefully Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2019.

A Tidewater native and longtime resident of Virginia Beach, Mrs. Wilson retired from Virginia Beach Social Services in 2003, and until recently, lived in the family home.

Ann’s life remained centered on her family and close friends. Holiday gatherings and any occasion to gather and celebrate with family left her the happiest, especially when the grandchildren were present. In years past, she enjoyed bingo and visiting her children who had moved abroad, though she was always happy to return home. She enjoyed shopping outings with her daughters and backyard barbecuing at her son’s home.

Ann was a graduate of Granby High School and the Norfolk Division of William & Mary, now known as Old Dominion University. With a young family, she primarily stayed home; however, she served as a substitute teacher for a number of years before entering the work force full time. She was a stalwart volunteer, from room-mother, to band parent, to sports mom for her children, she always enjoyed being a part of their lives.

Ann was preceded in death by her parents, Edward N. Bray and Nellie M. Bray; and husband, Carlisle.

She is survived by her sister, Sandra Pepperman; sisters-in-law, Diane Willoughby (Bob) and Gloria Kerber-Eaton; son, Carlisle, and his wife, Gayle; two daughters, Stephanie and Beth, and her husband, Steve Thomas, all of Tidewater; and three grandchildren, Bryan (Ellie), Kelly (Ken) and Jessica.

The family would like to thank caregivers from Commonwealth Senior Living and Westminster Canterbury Hospice. Both Liliya and Helen “Bunny” Ward provided extra compassion the family would like to acknowledge.

The family will receive friends from 3 to 5 pm., Sunday, Dec. 1, at Hollomon-Brown Funeral Home, Bayside Chapel. A graveside service will be conducted at 1 p.m., Monday, Dec. 2, at Forest Lawn Cemetery, Norfolk.

Share online condolences with the family at Hollomon-Brown Funeral Home & Crematory.

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