Ann Townsend Wilson

After a long battle with heart and lung disease, Ann Townsend Wilson, 79, of Front Royal, Virginia passed away peacefully on Monday, March 29, 2021 at her home, surrounded by family.

A celebration of life will be held at a later date.

Mrs. Wilson was born on June 18, 1941 in Lower Merion Township, Pennsylvania to the late William “Handsome Bill” and Ann Boyd Townsend. She was also preceded in death by her step mother, Louise Townsend. She was a member of Calvary Episcopal Church. She also loved her volunteer work at Front Royal Visitor’s Center, and enjoyed a very active social life with many lifelong, and new friends. Her work included many years at the Warren County Veterinary Clinic, followed by creating and co-owning the Chester House Bed and Breakfast. This was an important landmark in the historic district in Front Royal for almost 12 years.

Survivors include her husband of 60 years, William G. Wilson; son, Stuart Wilson; two daughters, Jacqueline Miller and Jennifer Martin (Andy); sister, Charlotte Townsend and two grandsons, Daniel Miller and Benjamin Miller.

We would like to give special thanks to Deanne and Tommy DePyper, and Judy Pribish, for their compassionate care.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Blue Ridge Hospice, 333 West Cork Street, Winchester, Virginia 22601.

  6 comments for “Ann Townsend Wilson

  1. Connie Ordower
    April 1, 2021 at 11:50 pm

    Jennifer, Stuart and Jackie,
    I just loved your Mom and so did everyone I know of who knew her.
    I know you will miss her everyday.
    I send you hugs and prayers and also the wish that as you share many memories, she will be present in a new way–as a permanent part of your heart that you can sense with every beat.
    Connie Ordower

  2. Glenn Wood
    April 2, 2021 at 3:44 pm

    Bill and family,
    We are so sorry to learn of Ann’s passing. While we haven’t connected with you all in years we will never forget your kindness and support when we had the 14st Bistro. Ann was a wonderful person, so happy and full of life. I know she was loved by many.
    We’ll keep you all in our thoughts and prayers.
    Glenn & Amy Wood

  3. Kathy Conkey
    April 4, 2021 at 2:35 pm

    Ann was one of the first people I met when we moved to Front Royal 11 years ago. She was so helpful to us when we opened our B&B. I Worked with her often at the Visitors Center. Ann was such a lovely lady. Prayers for her family.

  4. Adele Hatcher
    April 5, 2021 at 8:44 pm

    Bill and Family,
    So sorry to hear of Ann’s passing. Have so many wonderful memories of getting together with Ann and mutual friends. She was always so full of life and fun. My deepest sympathy to all of you.

  5. April 9, 2021 at 7:04 pm

    Dear Stuart, Jackie and Lee-Lee,
    I am so sorry about the loss of your mother. What a lovely, class act she was at all times. A fabulous hostess and cook she was. Always with a big smile and positive and kind things to say, she was a joy to know. My entire family loved her… Our families had some very fun times together. I love that I knew her —not just as a kid but as an adult, too. Much love and good thoughts to all of you…

  6. April 12, 2021 at 11:38 pm

    Dear Jacquie, Jennifer, Stuart, and Bill,
    Gee. Just heard from Nan about Ann’s death. What a time for all of us!! So sorry.. Such wonderful memories of our bridge group and couples’ Christmas Sing-A-Longs, etc.!! Dick died May 2020; We plan to inter his ashes soon in Aberdeen, NC near the grave of his earliest ancestor to the U.S., Colin Bethune, who emigrated from Scotland in the 1700s!!! Love to all… Will surely miss Ann’s bright eyes and smiling face!!!

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