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Frances Anderson
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Birth: Nov. 16, 1890
Granite County
Montana, USA
Death: 1990
Washington, USA

Seattle Times, The (WA) - June 6, 1990


When Frances E. Anderson died Saturday in an Edmonds nursing home just five months short of her 100th birthday, she already had been accorded many honors by a grateful community.

In 1984, the Edmonds School District named her a ''Living Legend'' for her tireless devotion to education.

The Edmonds elementary school she attended as a girl and later served as a teacher and a principal was renamed The Frances Anderson Center. It is home to the city's Parks and Recreation Department.

More tributes almost certainly will be paid to Anderson at a funeral service at 2:30 p.m. Friday in Edmonds United Methodist Church, 828 Caspers St.

Gwen Shakespeare of Edmonds, who taught at Edmonds Elementary School when Anderson was principal, said, ''Everybody just thought the world of her.''

Joyce Koerner of Edmonds admired the way Anderson ''handled a potentially very difficult situation'' when she decided, after 25 years as principal, to return to teaching second grade in the same school.

''She never let on that she'd once been the boss,'' said Koerner. ''She never believed in dwelling on negatives. When others were down, she cheered them up.''

The Drummond, Mont., native moved to Edmonds with her family in 1894. After attending Edmonds schools, she spent three years at the University of Washington. In her senior year, she transferred to the University of Wisconsin, where she lettered in women's baseball, track and basketball and earned a degree in primary education.

At the time, a four-year teaching degree was a rarity. Many teachers were certificated for life after two years in a normal school.

Anderson returned to Edmonds, where she taught second grade in her old elementary school until she became principal in 1924. In 1949, she returned to her first love, the second-grade classroom.

When she retired in 1959, she was in her 42nd year as an educator.

Anderson was a life member of the University of Washington's Alpha Gamma Delta sorority, which she had joined in 1913, and had received 50-year service pins from the Eastern Star, Rebekahs and American Legion Auxiliary.

She also was a member of the Snohomish County Historical Society, past president of the Island County TB League and a charter member of Delta Kappa Gamma teachers honorary.

There are no survivors.

Funeral arrangements are being handled by Beck Funeral Home, Edmonds. Entombment will be in View Crest Abbey Mausoleum, Everett.
Family links: 
  Charles J Anderson (1854 - 1907)
  Jennie Potts Anderson (1861 - 1936)
  Lorne B Anderson (1888 - 1944)*
  Frances Anderson (1890 - 1990)
*Calculated relationship
View Crest Abbey
Snohomish County
Washington, USA
Plot: Sec H, Crypt 51
Created by: Littlmouse
Record added: Mar 25, 2007
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Frances Anderson
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 Added: Mar. 25, 2007

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