Groton - Cleora Louise "Pooky" (Lancaster) Anderson, age 94, formerly of 49 Allen Street, Groton passed away on Monday at Lawrence and Memorial Hospital.
She was born in Jacksonville, Fla., on Aug. 11, 1913 the daughter of Joe and Fanny Lancaster.
A beauty queen at 21, Cleora wore the crown of Miss Jacksonville, "The Fair Floridian".
Cleora's family founded Jacksonville's first recognized public beach for African Americans in the early 1930's. Her father Joe was a businessman and her mother Fanny was an educator.
Cleora was predeceased by a brother, Walter Lancaster of Jacksonville, and her husband, Douglas Anderson.
Douglas served as a layman for many years at St. James Episcopal Church in New London. He also inspired many listeners as a Connecticut spokesman for Alchoholic's Annoynomous.
Cleora's hands on passion for landscaping and gardening were admired as a landlady for the Groton property she and Douglas purchased in 1957. She also had a mother's love for animals. She had worked at the former G & H Green Stamp Store during the 1950's.
Cleora is survived by a son, Robert "Piano Man" Anderson of Groton; a sister-in-law, Evelyn Lancaster; two nieces, Patsy and Maria Lancaster, and two nephews, Walter Jr. and Martin Lancaster all of New York; two cousins, Billy and Douglas Kydd of Massachusetts; and dear friend and medical advisor, Judy Smith of Salem.
Cleora will be greatly missed by everyone's lives she has touched.
A private graveside service will be held in Colonel Ledyard Cemetery in Groton.
Byles-Groton Memorial Home is in charge of arrangements.