Anna Ruth Gilliam lived a full life from June 29, 1948 - August 3, 2022. She was the daughter of Johnny Miller Jr (Jack) & Ruth Lee Padgett, born in Leesburg, Florida.
Anna Gilliam was married to David F. Gilliam from 1966 to 2014. During their marriage Anna moved with her husband multiple times while he served in the US Air Force for 22 years. Anna worked various jobs over her life; she began with a love of cosmetology and had even earned a scholarship for college, but the life of a military wife did not allow her to take advantage of that offer for long. She raised her children and worked as a waitress and hostess many years. She was a member of the United Methodist Church. Anna sold Mary Kay Cosmetics on and off most of her life. While in Alaska she excelled at her position in selling Celebrity Fashion Jewels, earning her many awards. While in Alaska she gave birth to twin girls and then was introduced to a club called “The Twins Club”. An amazing support group for families of multiple births. Her “handle” on the CB radio was Bookmark, back in the days of CB Radio Clubs! After moving to Delaware she found another “Mothers of Twins Club” and was very active with them. While in Delaware Anna was both a waitress and hostess and also opened her own business baking and decorating cakes. The family made additional moves and found themselves in Michigan where Anna decided to pursue a nursing career and began college classes. Anna & her family moved back to Florida in 1993 she decided not to continue her schooling (many of her credits would not transfer) and worked at Walmart in the fabric department and as a Liaison to the Public. Later she went on to work at Ayers Health & Rehab in Trenton as an Activities Associate. She honed her quilting skills and sewing ideas with the Springhouse Quilt Club in Trenton, her love of crafts was with her throughout her life. After retiring she hosted a 4-H club called “The Busy Bee’s”. The Busy Bee’s taught cooking, sewing and assorted crafts to both girls and boys. She was a member of Pine Gove Baptist Church later in life. Anna had a giving heart and always wanted to help others if she could. She will always be remembered as a beautiful woman with a heart of gold.
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She leaves behind brothers; Johnny Lee Miller and Christopher Shelt, daughters; Anna M. Elkins, Denise M. LeBron, Michelle M. Gentry with son in law John B. Gentry and Mary Ann Goold with son in law William Cord Goold. Grandchildren; Samantha L. Smith, David W. Smith, Crystal M. Culmo, Nathan M. Wild, Cole Carter, Cayden Carter, Maggie Gentry, Carley Gentry, Jackson Gentry, Brooke Ellinger. Brigham Goold and Cherith Goold. Great Grandchildren; Dominic W. McEver, Anthony M. Smith, Alexandria M. Culmo, Kennedi Ellinger, Kolin Ellinger and Gunner Carter. A Celebration of Life will be held at Watson – Milton Funeral Home in Trenton, Florida. Service will begin at 11am, Saturday, August 13, 2022. In lieu of flowers the family asks that donations are made to Haven Hospice of Chiefland, Florida in Memory of Anna Gilliam.