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Anna R. AndersonAnna passed away on November 10, 2020. She was born in Biloxi, Mississippi on November 26, 1932 the daughter of Annie and Willie Ross. Anna experienced a childhood reflective of the times. As children, Anna and her brother Walter would take 10 cents to buy milk and French bread for the family and then proceeded to eat the French Bread on the way home. She graduated high school at the tender age of 16 and went to Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College to become an Office Assistant. While working in the Red Cross office at Keesler Air Force Base, she met the love of her life Raymond (Andy) Anderson. The story is that Anna was supposed to go out with Ray’s friend, but he didn’t have a car, so Ray stepped in. Her brothers weren’t sure about that “Yankee” guy, but Ray cherished and loved his Northern Magnolia their whole lives. They were married on August 14, 1954 and settled in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Son Ross and Daughter Karen were born in 1956 and 1959. They later moved to Wyoming, Michigan (where Cory was born in 1966) then Saginaw, Michigan and then settled in Kalamazoo in 1974. Anna met her best friend Alice (John) Boyce while working at Steelcase in Grand Rapids. She was the Secretary in the Industrial Engineering Department at Western Michigan University for 17 years, where she “adopted” Montana kids Stephanie and Ted. She was a member of the United Methodist Church in Plainwell, Michigan. Anna loved ice cream very much and was a sure sight at Plainwell Ice Cream when they opened and closed every year. She never met a chocolate she didn’t like, loved the beach, hummingbirds and the colors lavender and red. One of her favorite pastimes was sitting in front of a big mess of boiled crabs and shrimp with her family, pickin’, eatin’ and storytellin’. Anna lived in “Sue - Ville” and was blessed to have such great neighbors: Pat & Sue Janssen, Denny & Sue Doyle and Steve & Sue Perkowski. Anna was preceded in death by her husband Ray in 2012 and by 3 brothers (Cecil, Sherman and Walter) and 1 sister (Rita). She is survived by her children: Ross (Betty) Anderson of Richmond, Virginia, Karen Anderson of Kalamazoo and Cory (Michelle) Anderson of Katy, Texas, 4 granddaughters: Susannah (Jack) Anderson-DePaulo, Audrey (Tahir) Anderson-Duckett, Rachel Anderson, Dana (Joel) Anderson-Sweetland, 2 great-grandsons: Innes and Malcolm, Sister-in-Law Helen Janell Ross (who was like a sister), special nieces Katherine Ross and Cindy Burt, Adopted Daughter Debbie Kowalik, Adopted Family Stephanie & Ted Robinson and Alex & Joy Robinson and many loved ones in Mississippi, Louisiana, Alabama and Texas. A private ceremony will be conducted with immediate family. Interment will be at the West Cooper Cemetery next to her beloved Andy in Cooper Township. A celebration of Anna’s life will be held in Summer 2021. A special thanks to her BC Care team. Especially: Julie, Sunny, Sierra, Cindy, Tracey, Becky and Alice. Contributions may be sent to Bronson Commons 23332 Red Arrow Highway, Mattawan MI 49071. While visiting Anna’s webpage at www.mccowensecord.com please sign the guestbook by lighting a candle, and/or sharing a memory with the family. The family is being assisted by the McCowen & Secord Funeral Home; Marshall & Gren Chapel, 120 S. Woodhams St. Plainwell, MI 49080 (269-685-5881).
Karen, Ross and Cory, I have been praying for you and your families. May the Lords comfort and peace be with you. It is cool to know that you will see your parents again in heaven. Prayers and love to all.
Nancy (Sell) Worrell Nov 29 2020 11:39 AM
Karen and Deb...I'm so very sorry to hear of your mother's passing. Sending hugs and love. Kelly Kester
Kelly L Kester Nov 16 2020 5:32 PM
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Cory Anderson Nov 16 2020 12:02 PM
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Cory Anderson Nov 16 2020 11:44 AM
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Karen Anderson Nov 15 2020 1:19 PM
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Karen Anderson Nov 15 2020 12:43 PM
Dear family, I am very sorry to hear of the loss of your Mother. You Three came from a very wonderful and loving and caring family, an d that includes your Mothers Mothers they all were very wonderful people. I have missed your Dad for a long time and now your mother will be in my thoughts. May God be with you all andd family and bless you and be with you all always. Bob Reeves.
Harry (bob) Reeves Nov 14 2020 9:42 AM
I met Anna a few years ago in church as she was one to sit in the second row as I would do. This meeting led to discovery of our common interests and delightful discussions in her home and later at Bronson Commons about family, international work, and her love of ice cream! I was blessed to be included in her wide circle of friends, and she always enjoyed sharing the latest news of family members and wonderful memories of her life with her beloved Andy, whom I never had the pleasure of meeting.Anna - you will be missed but will always remain in my heart surrounded by the love you shared with everyone! Prayers for comfort and peace for your family. Joyce
Joyce Thompson Nov 13 2020 11:55 AM