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Marian ANDERSON


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Marian ANDERSON Obituary
ANDERSON, Marian Franklin Marian Franklin Anderson died peacefully at home on September 20, 2017, concluding a long life well lived. Mrs. Anderson was born September 12, 1919 in Swainsboro, Georgia to Dr. Rufus C. Franklin and Wynie Coleman Franklin. Early talent as a pianist gave way to her other interests and responsibilities, including those of class president and salutatorian at Swainsboro High School, before she matriculated at Agnes Scott College in Decatur. There, she was a member of Chi Beta Phi national honorary society, made many life-long friends and, on a double date, met her future husband of nearly seventy-five years, Emory law student Paul H. Anderson. After college, she did post-graduate work in Boston at Katherine Gibbs School, returning to Swainsboro to teach following the nation's involvement in World War II. She moved to Atlanta, and on October 10, 1942 married Mr. Anderson, who was then serving in the Army's Counterintelligence Corps. During the latter part of the War, she and her infant daughter united with him during assignments in Salinas, California and Walla Walla, Washington. After the War, the family returned to Atlanta and grew. She and her husband resided in Ansley Park for over thirty years. Mrs. Anderson actively participated in volunteer work in service to her neighborhood, her community and her church, Glenn Memorial UMC. She served on the board of Atlanta's Union Mission and quietly supported many other charitable organizations, including several in her home town. In honor of her parents, she endowed a scholarship at Agnes Scott which continues to enable young women from Emanuel and Bullock Counties to attend the college. Mrs. Anderson was a devoted wife and mother who enjoyed the company of her friends, a number of whom were members of her bridge club. She loved the beach, and after many memorable summer vacations with the family at her aunt's house at Tybee she built her own at Hilton Head in the early days of Sea Pines. She especially enjoyed traveling with her husband and children, as well as annual Thanksgiving visits with her sister Gaynelle Morgan's family at the Coleman retreat in the South Carolina low country. After Mrs. Morgan's death, she looked forward to Thanksgivings surrounded by her children and grandchildren at a pond near Swainsboro. Mrs. Anderson was preceded in death by her husband. She is survived by three children, Emily A. Tillman (Jim), Paul H. Anderson, Jr. (Debbie) and John F. Anderson, all of Atlanta; four grandchildren, Lauren T. Brown (Derrick), Anne T. Garbarino (David) and Walker W. Anderson (Laura), all of Atlanta, and J. Lawson Anderson (Kelsey) of New York; and six great grandchildren. A memorial service will be scheduled for sometime in October in the Little Chapel at Glenn Memorial UMC. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Glenn Memorial. The family would like to thank Mrs. Anderson's care givers, especially Maryam Mwangi, Mamlisa Njie, Therese Mendy-Gomez and Winsome Davis, and also Marguerite Gibson, who has been a great help and indispensible friend to the family, for their loving and exemplary service.
Published in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution from Sept. 22 to Sept. 24, 2017
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