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Originally published: 2014-03-04 16:40:55
Last modified: 2014-03-04 16:40:55

Anne VanNoppen Millsaps

Mrs. Anne VanNoppen Millsaps, 72, of Boone, passed away Thursday afternoon, Feb. 27, 2014 in Coal City, Ind.

Born Sept. 13, 1941, in Jamestown, Pa., she was a daughter of the late John James VanNoppen III and Ina Woestemeyer VanNoppen.

Anne moved to Boone with her family in 1947 where she attended the local schools. During summers, Anne was an original cast member of the outdoor drama "The Horn in the West."

Upon her graduation from Appalachian High School she furthered her education by graduating from Appalachian State Teachers College. She began her teaching career here in Watauga County as an elementary school teacher. Anne was a consummate student and earned a double masters degree from Appalachian State University. After the birth of her son, Robert Millsaps, she took a teaching position in Johnson County, Tenn., where she retired after 32 years of teaching. In addition to her teaching career she also spent many years serving the First Presbyterian Church of Boone, where she held many leadership positions.

An active member of the community Anne served in many service organizations such as the Daughters of the American Revolution, Eastern Star and Colonial Dames of the 17th Century. Anne died after a long battle with cancer at the home of her son Robert in Indiana.

She is survived by one son, Robert Millsaps of Coal City, and two grandchildren, Jacob and Sophie Millsaps.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Jack Hale Millsaps; one sister, Mary Louise VanNoppen Taylor; and one brother, John James VanNoppen IV.

Funeral services for Mrs. Anne VanNoppen Millsaps will be conducted at 2 p.m. Saturday at the First Presbyterian Church. Officiating will be the Rev. Joel Long. Burial will follow in the Millsaps Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the First Presbyterian Church, 131 Big Valley Street, Boone, NC 28607.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Friday at Austin & Barnes Funeral Home.

Online condolences may be shared with the Millsaps family at http://www.austinandbarnesfuneralhome.com.

Austin & Barnes Funeral Home & Crematory is serving the Millsaps family.