Anne Kensett Crow Gilleran

January 23, 1924 ‒ October 08, 2020

Loudonville, Ohio

Anne Kensett Crow Gilleran, a Loudonville native, died October 8th, in Rock Hall, Maryland. She was 96 years old. Her father, Glenn Crow, was vice president of the Flxible Bus and Hearse Company, and mother, Rachel Kensett Crow, a homemaker. Anne was the third in a family of eight; Tom, Rachel, known as Betty, David, Martha, Mary, Andrew, and Nancy. of the Loudonville High School class of 1942, she received a B.A. from Oberlin College in 1946. Interested in art from a young age, Anne attended the Colorado Fine Arts Center, Colorado Springs, Colorado, where she met Peter Gilleran, an aspiring artist and teacher from Detroit. They were married in the Presbyterian Church in Loudonville, on June 12, 1948.

Urged by the principal of the elementary school in Garden City, Michigan, who recognized her abilities with children, Anne began teaching as a substitute teacher. Later, she moved with her family to Birmingham, Michigan, close to her husband’s teaching position at the Cranbrook Academy of Art in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. She began teaching in the Royal Oak Public Schools, a nearby suburb of Detroit, where she taught in the first grade for 30 years. During part of that time, she was her school’s Michigan Education Association union representative. Anne was a forceful proponent of public education, an outspoken advocate for teachers and their important role in student’s learning. She was known for blending her interest in art with her classroom instruction. She received an M.A. in education in 1965 from Eastern Michigan University.

Interested in native arts and culture, she went many times with her husband Peter to New Mexico to visit American Indian sites including Taos Pueblo. Her wedding ring was turquoise and silver, made by the Zuni tribe of New Mexico, world-famous for their beautiful jewelry. She also went many times with her sister Mary to the American Indian goods store of Charlie Eagle Plume in Estes Park, Colorado, where she purchased hand-crafted rugs. With the same interest in arts and crafts, she traveled with her sister Nancy to Oaxaca, Mexico, the Provence region of France, Zimbabwe, and South Africa, as well as exploring the local arts and crafts of Ohio, like basket weaving and traditional quilting.

Her husband, Peter, died in 2007 and is buried in the Loudonville Cemetery.

Anne is survived by sisters, Mary Crow, Ft. Collins, Colorado; Martha Crow, Brooklyn, New York; and Nancy Crow, Baltimore, Ohio; three children, Breon Gilleran, Towson, Maryland; Peter Gilleran, Birmingham, Michigan; and Michael Gilleran, Wellesley, Massachusetts; seven grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren. She also leaves many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, her brothers Thomas (Marie Theresa), David (Alberta), and Andrew (Darlene), and her sister Rachel (Joseph) Campochiaro.

Her generosity and beauty were a gift to her family and all of those who knew her.

Visitation will take place Thursday, October 15, 2020, from 5-7 p.m. in the Snyder Funeral Home- Lindsey Chapel, Loudonville. Her funeral service will take place at the Presbyterian Church, 225 E. Main St., Loudonville, on Friday, October 16, 2020, at 11:00 a.m. and she will be buried next to her husband and parents in the Loudonville Cemetery. Pastor Kathleen Walkerow will officiate.

In lieu of flowers, please make contributions to Kirk in the Hills, 1340 W. Long Lake Rd. Bloomfield Hills, MI 48302, or online at

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  • Fiesty is a word easily associated with Anne
    She had strong opinions which she gkadly shared. My Memories of South Africa include her actions and comments. Indeed…one of a kind! RIP

  • I have so many wonderful memories of Aunt Anne.
    I loved Listening to her stories, theories and ideas. She was so quick witted and there was never a dull moment when spending time with her.
    Even though I am not part of the family any longer, I still think of her fondly and often.
    She was truly one of a kind.
    I am so sorry for your loss.
    Most Sincerely,
    Tracy Rieger

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