Hope Anderson
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Hope Stearns Anderson of Needham, MA passed away peacefully on May 9, 2020, one month shy of her 95th birthdayalthough she would have proclaimed that she was "younger than springtime." Hope was a devoted spiritual seeker. She attended the Christian Science church for most of her life, while also following the teachings of Christian mystics, particularly Joel Goldsmith. She hosted weekly study groups in her home and was highly sought for spiritual guidance and support. From 2001|2014, Hope wrote letters synthesizing the wisdom she gained from her study and contemplation. These letters were compiled into anthologies and published, which she considered her legacy. A graduate of Mount Ida College, Hope previously worked as an editor and administrator for Wellesley Business Service and other local companies. She was also a gifted singer, performing as both a church and concert soloist. Born in Waltham, Hope was the youngest of three children. Her brother, Edward, died during World War II, and her sister, Edith Stearns Trask, was a virtuoso pianist. Hope spent many hours at Ediths side as her concert page turner. Hope was the beloved wife to John Anderson, a devoted mother to Carolyn, an omnipresent mother-in-law to Dana, and a committed grandmother to Lindsay, Cecilie, and Laurian Pope, and Tanya Pillard. Hope was also a proud great-grandmother to Jayden Pillard and Elliott Gelzhinsky. When it is safe to do so, Hopes family will host a memorial concert in her honor. In the meantime, please pause in your backyard and admire something beautiful, as she would. In lieu of flowers please send donations to Camp Newfound (https://www.newfound-owatonna.com/) and Cat Connection (https:// thecatconnection.org/).

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Published in The Needham Times from May 30 to Jun. 11, 2020.
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July 17, 2020
My friend, Hope, I will remember the phone conversations we used to have as well as the bimonthly letters you routinely sent me which reflected your great spiritual wisdom. I enjoyed being kept abreast of your granddaughters accomplishments and I liked hearing about how you had spent a holiday. Thank you for such generosity in sharing your spiritual support. You and Harriet introduced me to the teachings of Joel Goldsmith for which I remain grateful. You were a fine and lovely woman with an uplifted spirit and I am blessed to have known you. Perhaps you might see my mother who coincidently made her transition the same day as you did, May 9, 2020. She was one month shy of her 97 th birthday. And it was she who introduced me to Harriet, you and the teachings of Joel. With love from Deborah
June 3, 2020
My Condolences To The Family;
I'm so sorry for your great loss. May all of the beautiful memories that you all shared with your loved one, bring you all some comfort when sadness sets in.
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