Betty Anderson, 82, of Anna Maria, died April 23. She was born in the mountains of West Virginia in 1929, and graduated from college in Parkersburg, W.Va.
She then moved to Washington, D.C., for work, and met her husband, John. She worked for the U.S. Navy in Washington, D.C., Florida and Nofolk, Va. She worked as an editoral assistant at Walter Reed AMC in Washington, D.C. following her husband’s retirement from the Navy.
After retiring from the civil Service, Mrs. Anderson moved to Anna Maria in 1981, where she and her aunt, Jeanne Blassingame, enjoyed many hours volunteering for the turtle watch group, Island Players, Offstage Ladies and the historical society. She also contributed and attended many fundraising events. She loved the Island, its wildlife, and the close-knit community.
A celebration of Mrs. Anderson’s life will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, May 12, with a reception to follow at Roser Memorial Community Church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. Memorial donations may be made to Best Friends Animal Society, 5001 Angel Canyon Road, Kanab UT 84741, or online at www.bestfriends.org.
Mrs. Anderson is survived by her son, daughter, four grandchildren, and one great-granddaughter.