Anna was born on August 24, 1939, in Clintwood, Virginia. She was a loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She could often be found around the stove making meals or baked goods for family and friends. A devoted supporter of her grandchildren, she along with her husband, Jackie, rarely missed any of their sporting events. Anna served in school cafeterias for over 30 years, including Salem High School, where her grandchildren attended. She was considered one of the Spartan football team’s original “superfans” and team grandmother, selflessly preparing pre-game meals and cheering them on each Friday night.
Besides cooking, some of Anna’s favorite pastimes included quilting, going to yard sales and flea markets with her husband, and completing crossword and jigsaw puzzles. She was a hard worker who rarely sat still, often tending to her yard, tirelessly cleaning or putting up a fresh coat of white paint in the house. She was fearless, tough and incredibly strong for a woman of her small size. She was a role model to her family members and will be remembered for her kindness, generosity and steadfast love.
Anna was preceded in death by her parents, Tollie and Minnie Davis; her brothers, Bill and Roy Davis; her sister, Janette Fleming; and her husband of 59 years, Jackie Boggs.
She is survived by her son, Bryan (Lia) Boggs; daughter, Robin (Sam) Jewell; grandchildren, Chris (Ashley) Jewell, Ashley Jewell, Andy Boggs, Emily (Matt) Gillikin, and Erin (Jason) Boggs; and great-grandchildren, Emmett, Langston, Kherington, Clara and Sebastian.
The family received friends and relatives from 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, February 4, in the John M. Oakey & Son Chapel in Salem. A funeral service took place at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, February 5, in the same chapel with Rev. Roy Kanode officiating. Anna was laid to rest beside her husband immediately following at East Hill Cemetery in Salem.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations to either Ridgewood Baptist Church or the Salem Sports Foundation.