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Richards, Ann (1 Sept. 1933–13 Sept. 2006), politician and Governor of Texas, was born Dorothy Ann Willis in Lakeview, Texas, the only child of Robert Cecil Willis, a pharmaceutical salesman who stimulated her love of storytelling, and Mildred Iona Warren, who insisted she embrace civic life and prepare for it with study, elocution lessons (even though the family struggled to pay for them), and training in debate. Debate became one of the things at which Ann (as she was known from childhood) excelled throughout her time as a Waco High School student from ...