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Anna Ward Craun married Welford A. Sherman, Sr. and they had six children: Welford Ashton Sherman, Jr., Mary Anna Sherman (Lawler), Frederick Wise Sherman, Sarah Sherman (Cowherd), Jane Sherman (Harmon), and Alice Sherman (Bovee). Anna and Welford raised their children in the Orange Presbyterian Church.
Anna Ward Sherman was active in the Women’s Auxiliary. She helped with mission work. and raising funds for the church debt and repairs needed to the Manse. On top of that, in 1936, Mrs. Sherman volunteered to be custodian of all church linens…laundering and keeping them in place.
Three of their children remained faithful members of OPC after marriage and raised their children to do the same. Welford, Jr. and Irwin Sherman, Courtney and Mary Anna Lawler, and Freddie and Lulu Sherman were all mainstays of the congregation.
Anna passed away in in September, 1956. On September 1, 1957, new air conditioning and a set of communion vessels were dedicated in her memory.
Today, OPC is fortunate in many ways from the faithfulness of some of the grandchildren who still attend.
- Jennie Hill Robinson
OPC History Team