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Nelda Morgan Anderson

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Nelda Marie Morgan Anderson, age 83, of Monticello, Florida, died Sunday, December 22, in DeFuniak Springs, after a brief illness. She was born in Georgiana, Alabama, to Wilbur Morgan and Mabel Leysath Morgan, the fourth, and longest-surviving, of eight children. From an early age, she enjoyed working in all aspects of her father's clothing, grocery, hardware, and restaurant business. After graduating from the University of Alabama, where she was a member of Delta Gamma Sorority, she accepted a teaching position at Jefferson County High School, in Monticello. There, she met and married the late Judge Charles C. Anderson, then also a teacher. After teaching for a number of years at Jefferson County High School, and at the former Greenville High School in Madison County, and after having worked for the Clerk of Courts and the then Florida Development Commission, she earned a juris doctorate degree from the College of Law at Florida State University, being among the law school's earliest women graduates. She practiced law for a number of years, including serving as School Board Attorney, and was the first woman to open a law office in Monticello. She was a member of Christ Episcopal Church, Monticello, where she had served on the alter guild and occasionally played the organ. She is survived by her three sons, Charles Christopher Anderson, III (Emily), of Monticello, Wilbur Winston Anderson (Fe), of Daytona Beach, and James Leysath "Jim" Anderson (Debbie), of Freeport; ten grandchildren, one great-grandchild, nieces, nephews, and cousins. Funeral services will be Saturday, January 4, at 11:00 a.m., at Christ Episcopal Church, 425 North Cherry Street, Monticello. Family will receive friends and relatives at the Church parish hall after the service. Culley's Meadow Wood Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Published in Tallahassee Democrat on Jan. 2, 2014
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