Anderson, Helen Louise
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Passed away suddenly on October 16, 2012. She was surrounded by her two devoted children, John Charles Anderson, of San Diego, CA and her daughter, Helen Anne Anderson, who was her constant companion in recent years. Her greatest love was the company of her children. She was an extraordinary and beloved mother who lived every decade of her life with exuberance, purpose, generosity and a love of humanity. She was born in Nebraska, the daughter of Dr. Charles William Hendrickson and Anna Julia Hendrickson. Her parents instilled in her the curiosity to learn, to treat others with kindness and respect, and to spend her time on this beautiful planet making a contribution of her talents. She graduated from college at age twenty, and immediately began teaching. That passion for education applied to both her students and herself. Throughout her life, she immersed herself in graduate classes every summer, constantly studying and learning new concepts in a wide range of subjects from Architecture to Textiles. In 1963 she moved with her children and husband, Stanley B. Anderson, from Omaha, Nebraska to Phoenix, Arizona. She embraced the beauty, grandeur and history of Arizona. She soon began teaching at the Phoenix Indian High School. Her years at the Indian School were indeed joyous; she was impressed daily by the artistry, talent and intelligence of her students. Helen always said that her students taught her more than she could ever teach them. After retiring in 1985, she resumed teaching in the public schools until she was 80. She was an avid walker, swimmer, seamstress, reader and exceptional cook, who prided herself on providing fresh nutritious food for every person who came to her home. She was always smiling and radiating a positive approach in all of life's challenges. Helen read three newspapers every evening, The Arizona Republic, The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal. Her days were filled with bookkeeping, correspondence, and home exercises. She loved keeping in contact with family members, wonderful friends and former colleagues. She was always concerned about the health and well-being of someone other than herself. Helen was preceded in death by her parents, Dr. Charles and Anna Hendrickson, and her brother, Dr. Charles William Hendrickson. Her life will always be remembered as one of grace, integrity and purpose. She leaves behind her two children, John and Helen Anne, to whom she gave all of her love. Her Funeral Service will be held at 11:00am on October 27, 2012 at the Valley Presbyterian Church, 6947 E. McDonald Drive, Paradise Valley, AZ with a reception afterward. Interment to follow at Greenwood Memory Lawn Cemetery, 2300 W. Van Buren St., Phoenix, AZ., where she will be laid to rest in the Serenity Mausoleum, Garden of Peace.
Published in The Arizona Republic on Oct. 21, 2012