Aunt Becky Anders Dies at Home of Daughter, Mrs. Eugene Berry
"Aunt Becky" Anders died quietly at 4:35 o'clock last Friday afternoon at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Eugene Berry, on route 2. In the 97th year, "Aunt Becky" was one of the oldest persons in Van Zandt County at the time of her death and one of the oldest living residents of the county. She had been in ill health for the past five years, following a fall which resulted in her hip being broken, and took to a wheel chair during that period. For the past 11 months she had been confined to her bed.
Funeral services were conducted at 3 o'clock Sunday afternoon at the Creagleville Methodist Church with the Rev. Mr. Shoemaker, pastor, and the Rev. B. C. Dodd, officiating. Burial was in the Creagleville Cemetery.
Pallbearers were the grandsons, Howard Berry, Fred Dorough, Ester Melton, Luther Anders, Raymond Sloan and J. C. Anders.
Music was provided by a quartet, composed of M. E. White, Boone Carter, J. I. Moody and Mrs. Claude White and Mrs. F. B. Smith, pianist. "Aunt Becky's" granddaughters and several of their friends were flower girls.
Born March 11, 1850 in Tennessee. Rachel Rebecca Anders moved to Van Zandt County with her parents, the late Rev. and Mrs. W. M. Sharp, when she was three years old. Her father was a pioneer Methodist preacher here, and she joined this church in early life to begin a Christian heritage extending nearly a century. As a girl, she attended the Creagleville school.
In 1868, she married the late W. M. Anders, a Civil War veteran from Louisiana. Anders was a farmer, coming here in 1866 after the war and two years later he married the young Sharp girl at her parent's home in what is now Pole Town. During early married life the Anders moved two or three times before they decided to settle permanently with their growing family in the Antioch community in 1878. They were parents of 12 children, seven of whom survive. Anders died in 1906.
Following the death of her husband, "Aunt Becky" lived at the home she helped establish for a while and then decided to live with her children with whom she has made her home for nearly 40 years.
She is survived by four daughters, Mrs. Cora Carroll of Liberty, Mrs. B.C. Dorough, Mrs. Berry and Mrs. Milburn Sloan, all of Grand Saline; three sons, W. J. Anders of Grand Saline, J. L. Anders of Fort Worth, and Sam Anders of Delano, Calif.; 20 grandchildren, 37 great-grandchildren and five great-great-grandchildren. Out of town attendants at the funeral were Mrs. Cora Carroll, Lewis Carroll, her son, and his daughter, all of Liberty; Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Berry and Mr. and Mrs. Ben Griffin of Terrell; Dewey Carter of Wills Point, Mr. and Mrs. A. E. Melton, Bob Melton, Dalton Melton, Fred Dorough, Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Sloan and Mrs. Mike Davis of Dallas; Mr. and Mrs. Floy Dorough of Henderson, Mr. and Mrs. W. H. Arnold and a friend of Quitman, Mr. and Mrs. Ellis Anders and Jim Shamberger of Kilgore, Mr. and Mrs. Tull White and Charlie White of Mineola, Mr. and Mrs. J. L. Landers of Fort Worth and Mr. and Mrs. Luther Anders of Loraine.
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