Tommy L. Thomas Anderson (1924-2012) passed away peacefully on May 7, 2012.|
Tommy was the first born of three to Ted E. Dawson and Lelle E. McNeill Dawson. She was born in Herrin, Ill.
At a young age, her family moved to Seattle. She married Garnet A. Bedell and had her first two girls, Carol A. Drummond (Aragon, Ga.) and Norma L. Bedell Mosso (Deming, N.M.).
Her life of travel began after she married Harold E. Wrightsman - first to California, where her first son, Ted E. Wrightsman (Deming, N.M.) was born, and then on to Midway and Hawaii, where her last two children, Leanna Wrightsman Shields (Fairbanks), and Curtis J. Wrightsman (Fairbanks) were born.
After spending four years on Midway and Oahu, the family was transferred to Maryland. Even though the military life was behind her, travel was not over for Tommy. In fall of 1963, after five years in Maryland, the family headed to the Last Frontier. Tommy had many life experiences while living in Fairbanks: working for doctors, insurance agencies, day care and starting a motorcycle/snow machine business with John Thomas, now known as Northern Power Sports.
One jewel she found in Fairbanks was the hope for the future, through the loving kindness of Jehovah God, and living forever on a paradise earth. This was a great comfort to her in her last days.
In 1983, travel was again in Tommy's future. She moved to Cottonwood, Ariz., to be close to her elderly parents. Cottonwood was one of her favorite places. She looked from her home, each morning and evening, in appreciation of the beauty of the red hills of Sedona, just one of the marvels Jehovah had created for all to enjoy.
Fifteen years later she made her last move to Deming, N.M. Tommy received exceptional care from several individuals in the last year of her life. The family of Tommy is very appreciative of their attention to her needs.
Tommy is survived by her brother and sister, her five children and their spouses, eight grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren.
Funeral arrangements were made through Baca Funeral Home in Deming, N.M.
Rest in peace mom. We love you.
Published in Daily News-Miner on May 13, 2012