Eugenia Virginia Davis Anderson was born on Jan. 5, 1914, in Centralia, Wash., at her parents' home.
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The picture of Eugenia is from her 100th birthday party, which she celebrated in Evergreen. The party was attended by family from all over the United States and Korea, as well as friends she had made through her many years of living. She had a smile and a special greeting for all.
Eugenia was proud of her pioneer heritage. Her great-grandparents, Alexander and Sarah Yantis, arrived in Washington Territory by the Oregon Trail in 1854. Her parents, Archie and Daisy (McCandless) Davis, owned an early logging business that operated with horses.
Eugenia graduated from the Centralia School System in 1931, where she was active with the basketball, baseball and field hockey teams. She was a member of the First Methodist Church and worthy adviser for Rainbow Girls. She graduated from the University of Washington in 1936 with a five-year teaching degree. Her first teaching job was in Shelton, Wash., where she taught biology and physical education.
Eugenia married her college sweetheart, Lynden Anderson (1937), who joined the war effort in 1940. Their young family's photo once graced the cover of "The United States News" with a caption that read "Will fathers go to fight?" as Lyn was just about to board a troop carrier.
Together, Genie and Lyn reared four children and lived in 10 states, France and Germany. They spent 26 years in the military and retired to Littleton, where Eugenia taught school for the next 12 years.
In their golden years, they played golf and toured and visited family and friends in their motor home. They explored many states and courthouses, tracing genealogy. They cared for both of their mothers for many years.
While in Evergreen, Eugenia completed the paperwork needed for the Daughters of the American Revolution. Eugenia lived for three years at Elk Run Assisted Living and died very peacefully at the Acute Rehabilitation Center in Littleton on March 16, 2014.
Eugenia was preceded in death by her husband of 69 years, Lynden Anderson, colonel U.S. Air Force retired, and their son, John Roland.
She is survived by son Kenneth and Karen Anderson of Parker, daughter Janis and Frank Shaw of Evergreen, and daughter Karen and Ben Franklin of Kerrville, Texas.
Eugenia was so proud of her eight grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren.
Published in Canyon Courier from Apr. 23 to Apr. 29, 2014