Patricia Ann Anderson, age 86, of East Tawas, died on March 31, 2021.
She was born the daughter of Thomas and Blanche Norris on Aug. 15, 1934 in East Tawas. She grew up with her twin brother in McIvor. They both graduated from Tawas High School in 1952. Later she moved to town from the farm where she worked as a waitress at Giffards Grill then became a telephone operator in downtown East Tawas.
She meet her first husband Johnnie Gibson at the roller rink in East Tawas on Newman Street soon to find out he also was a telephone operator for the Air Force base in Oscoda. They married on Nov. 7, 1953 in East Tawas at the Methodist church on Newman Street. They moved to Ypsilanti in 1954 where they had a daughter, but soon moved back to the Tawas area and welcomed a baby boy. Johnnie died on Sept. 20, 1988. She married again 14 years later on Jan. 4, 2003 to Richard G. Anderson. He died on May 11, 2018.
Patricia is survived by her oldest sister, Lavern (Pudge) Wright; her daughter, Melanie A. Stitzer and son, David T. Gibson; step children, Paul Anderson, Gary Anderson, Dannette Jennings and David Anderson; grandchildren, Lora Buffman, Lisa Bosher, Micaiah Everett, Nathan Stitzer and Darlene Greene; and step grandchildren, Morgan Anderson, Katie Anderson, Sarah, Jenny and Jessica; and lots of great grandchildren.
As one of Jehovah's Witnesses she liked to talk to people about the Bible. She liked to travel and go camping, have people over for dinner and play cards with friends. She also liked watching her birds. She loved her beloved turtle soupie many times getting up in the night to hold him and pet him. She loved living in East Tawas it was always home to her.
Cremation has taken place and a celebration of Patricia's life was held on Saturday, April 10, 2021. Condolences may be shared at www.bureshfuneralhomes.com.
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Published by Oscoda Press from Apr. 12 to Apr. 20, 2021.