Elizabeth Anne Ohlson

March 16, 1960 - July 1, 2021
Elizabeth Anne Ohlson

Elizabeth Anne Ohlson, mother and beloved friend to all, passed away peacefully in her home on July 1, 2021 surrounded by friends and family. Anne was born on March 16, 1960 in Abingdon, Virginia. She grew up in Abingdon with her loving family – parents, Eugene and Elizabeth Ohlson, her sister Judy Ohlson and her brother, Michael Ohlson.

Anne was a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America in Poughkeepsie, New York. This is where she developed her passion for baking and creative catering. She moved to Wilmington in 1999 where she began Wildflower Cakes and Pastries. Anne completed her career as a Nutrition Supervisor for New Hanover County Schools where she believed in serving children healthy food, “one day at a time.” During Anne’s lifetime, she enjoyed hiking, walks on the RiverWalk, and spending time with her daughter. Anne’s greatest accomplishment was the success and happiness of her children, Eugene and Alison.

It would be wrong to say that Anne lost her battle with cancer because she never stopped fighting. No matter how sick she was, she was always determined. When others may have broken, Anne stayed strong. Through her, we know what resilience and perseverance truly look like. Just because she is no longer here, it does not mean she lost her fight. Though Anne’s health was failing, few people knew the extent to which she struggled. Her joy for life and indomitable spirit kept her pushing through the pain.

Anne is survived by her brother Michael (Debbie Ohlson), nieces Amanda Ohlson and Ashley Greer (Gene Greer), and her children Eugene (age 26) and Alison (age 24).

A Celebration of Life Service will be held on Saturday, August 21st, 1:00pm, at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 4313 Lake Avenue, Wilmington, NC. Reception to follow in the fellowship hall.

Anne’s family asks for fond memories, funny stories, or beautiful pictures to be emailed to [email protected] in order to reflect, remember, and adore Anne and the incomparable person she was.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her honor to Lower Cape Fear LifeCare of New Hanover County.

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  • August 04, 2021
    Imer smith says:
    Anne you were strong until the end , taking notes with the best pens. Thanks for making cinnamon buns and Stromboli for the office . You always knew what to say to people to make them feel better or had a book close by to share words of wisdom. Thanks for the memories

  • August 04, 2021
    Deborah says:
    Anne was my neighbor. She was a kind spirit and baked the best cookies.

  • August 06, 2021
    Stephanie Hall says:
    Anne was a precious soul. I met her through SNA and was drawn to her sweet personality. I'm so sorry. Your family is in my prayers.

  • August 11, 2021
    Erin Courtney says:
    Anne was a special person and will be fondly remembered by the Food Bank family. We loved to see Anne come shop at the Food Bank on behalf of YWCA Parent Support Network. She will be dearly missed!

  • August 20, 2021
    Donna Doyle says:
    "“There are no coincidences” Maybe I start there – I learned that phrase from Miss Anne and since her passing I have repeated this phrase many times. Her words give me comfort. I met Anne almost 27 years ago when we were both pregnant in Branford. She moved away when Eugene and Brad were 4 years old and Ali was a baby. We spoke almost weekly for 23 years never skipping a beat supporting each other from a far. It is true good friends do survive long distance and time. So maybe that is what I will say here – even though Anne seems so far away from us when we see her again “time” and distance between will just melt away because love and friendship does endure. As for coincidences Anne brought me and Ali and all of Anne’s support system together especially Barbara and for that I am grateful. They all love Anne and now I love them. It is true there are no coincidences – Anne l love you and I miss you.❤️"