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Willie Mae Anderson

July 23, 1931 May 8, 2019
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Obituary for Willie Mae Anderson

On July 23, 1931, a baby girl was born to Walter and Daisy Thomas (nee Grant) in Savannah, GA.  The fourth of nine children, she was named Willie Mae.  This was a time of Depression in America, so she and her older siblings had limited schooling and opportunities in their early lives. 

At the age of twelve, she got her first job, working in a laundry in Savannah.  One of her group of friends growing up included a young man named Earl Anderson, who, in 1949 would become her husband.  From this union came four children. The couple lived briefly in Miami, Florida and then in Philadelphia, PA before moving to Harlem, then Brooklyn and eventually settling permanently in Laurelton.

After arriving in New York Willie Mae worked for many years as a seamstress in various clothing manufacturing companies.  As the industry started to shift that work overseas and people here were losing jobs, Willie Mae enrolled in school and received her GED.  She enrolled in LaGuardia Community College and graduated with an AS degree in Accounting and went to work as a bookkeeper for Lloyd’s Women’s Sportswear where she remained until her retirement around 2001.

Though she accepted Christ as Savior earlier as a young woman in Savannah and joined a church upon arriving in Harlem, she grew disillusioned and drifted away for years.  After moving to Laurelton, she often noticed a little white church at 225th Street and 143rd Avenue that could be seen from Conduit.  That church was Evangel Baptist.

One Sunday she decided to attend the Service. The preaching and teaching of the Word of God so impressed her, she rededicated her life to Christ and joined Evangel. From that point on Christ became her center and she wanted everyone to know it. 

Her testimony and persistence led to professions of faith in Christ by her husband and all four of her children. She loved the Lord and she loved Evangel.  She was one of the founding officers of the Ladies Missionary Circle.  She served however needed, including opening her home to visiting missionaries and supporting their ministries personally as well as through the church.

 Willie Mae welcomed everyone she met with a smile and an encouraging word. Willie Mae was the last remaining sibling of the nine.  She suffered from several different health issues, which over time, made her largely homebound.  A fall while getting out of bed caused a fracture of the thigh bone requiring surgery. The existing health issues resulted in complications. 

On Wednesday morning, May 8th, she passed from death into eternal life in the presence of the Savior she adored. She was preceded in death by her son Gregory and her husband Earl.  She leaves behind to mourn three children, Vinson, and Merilyn of Laurelton, NY, and Audrey of Gretna, LA.  She also leaves seven grandchildren: Darlene, Sterline, Aiysha, Tabitha, Merci, Joshua and LeVon; ten great-grandchildren, ten great-great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews, relatives, and friends.


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Visitation

Friday

17

May

10:00 AM 5/17/2019 10:00:00 AM - 11:00 AM 5/17/2019 11:00:00 AM
Evangel Baptist Church

225-17 143rd Avenue
Jamaica, NY 11413

Evangel Baptist Church
225-17 143rd Avenue Jamaica 11413 NY
United States

Funeral

Friday

17

May

11:00 AM 5/17/2019 11:00:00 AM
Evangel Baptist Church

225-17 143rd Avenue
Jamaica, NY 11413

Evangel Baptist Church
225-17 143rd Avenue Jamaica 11413 NY
United States

Cemetery Details

Location

Calverton National Cemetery Final Resting Place

210 Princeton blvd
Calverton , NY 11933

210 Princeton blvd Calverton 11933 NY
United States
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