Ann C. Michener

Age 83 Homemaker and educator was a civil rights activist.

August 14, 2008|By FREDERICK N. RASMUSSEN

Ann C. Michener, a homemaker, educator and civil rights activist, died of leukemia Aug. 3 at Gilchrist Hospice Care. The Broadmead retirement community resident was 83.

Ann Crabtree was born and raised in Wichita, Kan., and graduated from Wichita High School East in 1939. During World War II, she worked at Boeing and Beechcraft aircraft manufacturers while attending the University of Kansas in Lawrence.

In 1945, she married John H. Michener, a high school friend whom she began dating during World War II.

They both enrolled full time at the University of Kansas, where she earned a bachelor's degree in entomology in 1949.

Her civil rights activism began in 1948, when she and her husband participated in a Congress of Racial Equality anti-segregation sit-in at an off-campus student hangout.

In 1949, the couple moved to Berkeley when he was awarded a teaching assistantship at the University of California, and she worked in the university's education department.

They were fired in 1950 after refusing to sign the California Loyalty Oath and moved to Sacramento when Mr. Michener took a job with the Social Security Administration.

In 1956, they moved to Baltimore when he was promoted to the SSA's headquarters, then in the Equitable Building.

While living in Windsor Hills, Mrs. Michener tutored at its elementary school and was an active member of Windsor Hills Neighbors and National Neighbors, a national federation of integrated neighborhoods.

Mrs. Michener participated in the historic march led by the Rev. Martin Luther King from Selma to Montgomery, Ala., in 1965.

A world traveler, Mrs. Michener had visited 55 countries, including Cambodia, Borneo, Siberia, Mongolia, Peru and Tibet, and had been part of a Christian Peacemaking Team that visited Chiapas, Mexico.

She and her husband had also driven across the U.S. and Canada more than 70 times, Mr. Michener said.

Mrs. Michener was an active member of Stony Run Friends Meeting.

Since 2001, she had lived at the Cockeysville retirement community, where she was active in the bird and nature group, sewing and writing groups.

"She was always upbeat, clear-headed and had a sense of humor to the end," Mr. Michener said.

Plans for services were incomplete.

Also surviving are three sons, Dr. John R. Michener of Seattle, Dr. James L. Michener of Durham, N.C., and Dr. David C. Michener of Ann Arbor, Mich.; and a daughter, Josephine Michener of Austin, Texas; a brother, Russell Crabtree of Bella Vista, Ark,; two sisters, Rose Busch of Wichita and Mary Mowrey of Martha's Vineyard, Mass.; and seven grandchildren.

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