|Birth: ||Oct. 7, 1929|
|Death: ||Jan. 29, 2012|
Rock Island County
Lena Ruth Anderson, 82, of Moline, died Sunday, Jan. 29, 2012, at Hope Creek Nursing Home, East Moline.
Funeral Services will be 10 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 2, 2012, at Esterdahl Mortuary & Crematory, 6601 38th Ave., Moline. There will be a visitation from 4 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 1, at Esterdahl Mortuary & Crematory. Burial will be at Greenview Memorial Gardens, Silvis. Memorials may be made to Faith Evangelical Church where she was a member.
Lena was born on Oct. 7, 1929, in Massac County, Ill., the daughter of John Henry and Letha Burnham Manley. She married Norman Hubert Anderson on March 29, 1945, in Metropolis, Ill.
Our mother leaves this earth to join her husband, Norman, in Heaven and be with our Lord. She leaves behind six children, 18 grandchildren, 33 great-grandchildren, and two great-great-grandchildren. The legacy she leaves this family is of the most precious kind, a set of values revolving around God and family. Both our mother and father never put anything above the needs of the family. Sacrifice for us was an everyday occurrence.
Our mother was our teacher from our earliest memories. We all learned to pray at an early age with our mother by our side, kneeling at the bedside teaching us the prayer which starts "Now I lay me down to sleepů." She was by our side every day we went to school helping with homework and proud of whatever our accomplishments might be. When we were in need of correction, which was often, her punishment was usually "I am going to tell your dad when he gets home." It was usually just a threat, and it generally worked.
The most valued lesson our parents taught us was the demonstration of unconditional love for their children, and that unconditional love didn't stop at the children. It was demonstrated to the grandchildren and great-grandchildren as well. Mother ended each day by praying for those around her in need, saying the Lord's Prayer and reciting the 23rd Psalm.
Our parents home has been the center of our universe for nearly 65 years and as mother leaves us to join our father in heaven, the memories we have as her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren have left an indelible impression on our hearts that will never be forgotten. We love her, miss her and are blessed she left us each other.
Survivors include children, Norman H. (Marcia) Anderson Jr., Hot Springs Village, Ark., Phillip W. (Mary) Anderson, Golconda, Ill., Beverly Susan "Susie" (Corky) Jacks, Moline, Nancy Hendrix, Silvis, Charles J. Anderson, Moline, Melanie Jane (Mike) Longest, Colona; sisters, Mary Woods, Katherine Rider, Betty Bayless, Margaret Farris; brother, James Manley.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Norman H. Anderson Sr.; brothers, Paul Manley and Raymond Manley; and sister, Annabelle Becca.
Greenview Memorial Gardens
Rock Island County
Created by: Mark Orey
Record added: Jan 31, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 84274154