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Obituary: Ann Wilson, educator and fighter to the very end

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Ann Wilson’s door is decorated by the notes of her students. Upon hearing of Wilson’s passing on May 19, students were given the opportunity to create some kind of piece in her memory.

By Javier Garcia, Asst. Section Editor

English teacher Ann Wilson passed away to cancer on May 19 in the comfort of her own home.

She is survived by her two children, Allison and Matthew, both school alumni, Matthew graduating in 2014 and Allison in 2016.

Her career started 1989 in Maryland, teaching social studies. She moved to Broward County in 1992. She taught at schools such as West Pine Middle and Coral Springs High before coming to Pompano Beach High in 2012.

Science teacher Dana McFarlane taught with her at Coral Springs and moved with her the same year.

“She was always such an avid reader, even before when she was a social studies teacher,” said McFarlane.

Wilson taught social studies her first two years at the school until moving to English. This school year she taught English 1 and English 2, and advised the Book Club and Brain Bowl team.

Many students and staff were shocked because Wilson had told only a few staff members of her illness. She began an extended absence from school after winter break.

“She was very private with her condition,” McFarlane said. “I didn’t even know about it at first.”

At this writing, no memorial service was planned.

(If you have a special memory of Ann Wilson you would like to share, please comment on this article. Newspaper staff will evaluate and edit each comment for style and appropriateness before approving its posting.)

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