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Jean Wilshire Anderson


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Jean Wilshire Anderson Obituary
Anderson, Jean Wilshire SAN DIEGO -- Jean Wilshire Anderson, wife, mother, grandmother, great- grandmother ended her 90 year long magnificent, happy, and blessed life's journey in the early hours of December 13, 2013. A lifetime so well lived is difficult to condense into a few sentences. Born in Redlands, California, on November 4, 1923, she was raised with three wonderful sisters on an apple ranch in Oak Glen, CA, where she attended a one-room schoolhouse until moving permanently to Redlands in 1930. At University of Redlands, this "Delta Girl" met Albert L. Anderson on a blind date. They married in 1943. Being a wife and support to her darling Al became her overriding mission and making her family content was her driving force. Through all of her years, she was a unique and wonderful personality to her many friends and family. Always a lady, planning ahead, determined and organized, she made everything seem easy, even when it was intense work. These skills were applied to her early years teaching elementary school and later to her community volunteer work, whether political campaigns or through the Junior League or Thursday Club. Her graciousness allowed her to be equally comfortable on a wilderness camping trip or in glamorous attire attending a fund raiser, managing to look beautiful in both settings. Through her life she was a skilled bridge player and later in life added caring for her large garden to her list of endeavors. She so loved her garden and her bridge groups. Above all she was a devoted matriarch and friend. Lifelong friendships were the center of her social life and family was priority one. She demonstrated this by so willingly giving her heart. As a result, she loved and was loved by many. She always said, "I am so lucky." Everyone who had the fun and privilege of knowing her feels exactly the same. Jean was predeceased by her husband, Dr. Al Anderson, and is survived by her children Kathryn Kim (Michael), Scott (Maggie), and Christopher (Maggie); her eight grandchildren, Jennifer Kim, Alexandra Martinez (Eduardo), and William Kim; Paul Anderson (Kathryn) and Lauren Holland (Andrew); Steffie Gomez (Alex), Dorothy and Ronnie Tsang; and, her six great-grandchildren, Gabriel Kim, Diego and Emiliano Gomez, Oliver Martinez, Violet and Clara Anderson. A celebration of life is planned for January 5, 2014, at 2:00 p.m. at the Thursday Club in Point Loma at 1224 Santa Barbara St., San Diego, CA 92107. In lieu of flowers, The Family has requested donations be made to the Anderson Center for Dental Care at Rady Children's Hospital, 3020 Children's Way, MC 5005, San Diego, CA 92123.

Published in The San Diego Union Tribune on Dec. 17, 2013
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