Cannon Essie May Theresa Mary Willis Cannon was born on November 4, 1929 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She was the ninth and youngest child of John Robert Willis, Sr. and Georgia A. Harris. Mrs. Cannon passed away on October 11, 2016. Mrs. Cannon was raised in Milwaukee, Wisconsin where she attended Lincoln High School. Mrs. Cannon attended Marquette University, where she graduated in 1950 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Spanish. She began her family in Buffalo, New York after marrying W. Wallace Cannon, Jr. on January 2, 1954. They welcomed Reggie (1954), Pete (1956), and Robert (1958). In 1959, the family moved to Columbus, Ohio and added to the family with Steve (1962) and Phil (1964). In Columbus, Mrs. Cannon became a longtime resident in the Shepard Community. Mrs. Cannon believed in volunteerism and service. She served the Columbus community in many capacities. A longtime member of St. Thomas the Apostle Parish, she served on the Parish Council; as Lector; as Eucharistic Minister; as English language tutor and as a Greeter. Mrs. Cannon was a member of the regular choir and the Funeral Choir. She served the hungry at the Pope John XXIII Food Kitchen. Mrs. Cannon is survived by her dear sons, W. Reginald (Duan), Peter Michael (Victoria Stewart), Robert Willis (Karen), Stephen Christopher (Alison), and Phillip Alan (Dr. Roechelle Smith); eight beloved grandchildren; two wonderful great granddaughters; and many nieces, nephews, other relatives and dear friends. The Cannon Family will receive friends on Monday, October 17 from 6-8 p.m. in the chapel at DIEHL-WHITTAKER FUNERAL SERVICE, 720 East Long Street, Columbus, OH. Funeral Mass will be held on Tuesday, October 18 at 11 a.m. at St. Thomas the Apostle Church, 2692 East 5th Avenue, Columbus, OH. Fr. Mike Gentry, Celebrant. Interment Holy Cross Cemetery in Milwaukee, WI. In lieu of flowers, donations in Mrs. Cannon's memory may be made payable to St. Thomas the Apostle Church, 2692 East 5th Avenue, Columbus, OH 43219; or to Marquette University, University Advancement, 1250 W. Wisconsin Avenue, P.O. Box 1881, Milwaukee, WI 53201-1881.
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