ANDERSON, Yvonne Lewis|
Yvonne Lewis Anderson, 86, of Austin, passed away after several years of declining health on November 8, 2013.
She was born in Waco, Texas, on February 28, 1927. She graduated from Sunset High School in Dallas, Texas as Valedictorian at the age of 16. She received a scholarship to attend Abilene Christian University. She married Dr. John D. Anderson on April 12, 1946 and after taking time from her studies to start a family, she completed her undergraduate degree in English at LaGrange College, La Grange, Georgia. She was one of three women to receive a grant for graduate studies from the American Association of University Women and went on to complete her graduate work in Linguistics at Auburn University, Auburn, Alabama. She moved to the Rio Grande Valley when her husband took the position of Chairman of the Fine Arts Department at the University of Texas - Pan American and began a lengthy career as an English professor.
She was a tireless supporter of the arts and of the University of Texas - Pan American (UTPA). She served with distinction on a number of boards including the International Women's Board (IWB) of the UTPA Foundation, for which she served two years as president, and the South Texas Symphony Association. She served as president of the Valley Symphony Orchestra Board and was a driving force behind establishment of the South Texas Youth Symphony. In 2006, she was selected by the UTPA Alumni Association for their Distinguished Service Award in recognition of her years of dedicated service to UTPA students, and in 2008, she received the Excellence in Leadership Award from the IWB. She was a founding member of the UTPA President's Circle and was also a member of the UTPA Foundation Heritage Society. She established several endowments with the University of Texas - Pan American Foundation: the Martha May Tevis Endowment, the Tom and Elaine Anderson Memorial Endowed Music Scholarship, the John D. Anderson Memorial Endowed Music Scholarship, the Christopher and Vivian Munn Choral Scholarship, and the Yvonne L. Anderson Endowed Theatre Scholarship (hereafter known as the Yvonne L. Anderson Memorial Endowed Theatre Scholarship).
Yvonne was also a force for good in her church. She was devoted to the clothing room and food pantry she established and oversaw at the Harvey Drive Church of Christ, McAllen, Texas, which was her church home for many years. She dedicated untold hours and her own financial resources to assist many disadvantaged children and families in the Rio Grande Valley.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Archie and Kathleen Lewis, her husband, Dr. John D. Anderson, her son, Thomas A. Anderson, her daughter Elaine A. Bolding, and her brother, Calvin Lewis. She is survived by her daughter, Jeannette Sprague and husband Brad of Austin; grandchildren Jennifer Bolding, Christopher Bolding, Ryan Sprague, Emily Sprague, and Will Sprague, all of Austin, and Christy Carlberg and husband Davis of Boerne, Texas; great-grandchildren, Dillon Carlberg of Boerne, and Chandler Bolding-Martinez and Cason Bolding-Wysocki of Austin; Charles Lewis and wife Sally of Canyon Lake, Texas, sister Ann Babb and husband Bill, also of Canyon Lake, and sister Patty Reagan and husband Lester of Rockwall, Texas.
Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m., Friday, November 15, 2013 at Cook-Walden/Capital Parks Funeral Home, Pflugerville. Entombment will follow in the Mausoleum of Cook-Walden Capital Parks Cemetery.
Donations may be made in lieu of flowers to the UTPA Foundation - Yvonne L. Anderson Memorial Endowed Theatre Scholarship, 1201 W. University Dr. ITTB 1.210, Edinburg, TX 78539 or by phone at (956) 665-5301.
Please visit Yvonne's memorial website at www.cookwaldencapitalparks.com
Published in Austin American-Statesman from Nov. 15 to Nov. 16, 2013