CHARLESTON - Nancy Anne Anderson, age 88, of Charleston, passed away on Saturday, March 31, 2012 at the Odd-Fellow Rebekah Home in Mattoon. Visitation for family and friends will be held Thursday, April 12, 2012 from 1:00 - 2:00 p.m. at Adams Funeral Chapel in Charleston. Services honoring and celebrating her life will begin at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday immediately following the visitation at the funeral chapel with Reverend Walter Carlson officiating. In accordance with her wishes and those of her family, her earthly body was cremated. It is requested that memorial gifts in her honor be made to the Genesis Animal Rescue or to Wesley United Methodist Church. Gifts may be left on the memorial table at the visitation or service, or mailed to Adams Funeral Chapel, 2330 Shawnee Drive, Charleston, IL 61920. Nancy was born on January 20, 1924 in St. Paul, Minnesota and was the daughter of the late Walter and Hattie (Christopherson) Raymer. She married Leroy O. Anderson on October 7, 1944 at the Naval Air Base in Melbourne, Florida. He preceded her in death in 1991. She is survived by her sons, Thomas L. Anderson and wife Martha of Redmond, Washington and Stephen B. Anderson and wife Patricia of Rochester Hills, Michigan; two grandsons, Matthew T. Anderson and wife Rachel of Bothell, Washington and Peter C. Anderson and wife Kelsey of Livermore, California; and a great-granddaughter, Cadence B. Anderson of Bothell. In addition to her husband, Nancy was preceded in death by a son, James D. Anderson. Nancy was a member of the Wesley United Methodist Church in Charleston and a member of the PEO Sisterhood Chapter KO. She was a person who cared deeply for others and volunteered her time with the Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center Guild and was also a docent at the EIU Tarble Arts Center. Her love for children remained constant and was a driving force in her life. She was the director and a teacher at the Immanuel Lutheran Preschool for many years and served as an RSVP Pen Pal to 3rd grade students at the Carl Sandburg Elementary School. Nancy's fun-loving personality earned her friends of all ages. She enjoyed attending concerts and plays; playing bridge in several bridge clubs and was involved in various other social activities. She loved all animals but was especially fond of poodles. Nancy was a devoted and generous wife, mother, mother-in-law, grandma and great-grandma whose family was blessed with her love and devotion. Nancy's memorial website is available at www.adamsfuneralchapel.com where condolences may be sent to the family by clicking on obituaries.
This obituary was originally published in the Journal Gazette & Times-Courier.