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Mary J. Anderson

Mary J. Anderson Mary J. Anderson

Mary Jeanne Anderson, 97, of Venice, Fla., died peacefully on Saturday, July 4, 2020, in the home of her son, Eric Anderson, and his wife, Kathy Brown, near Milltown, Ind.

She was born in Winslow, Ind., and was the daughter of Roscoe and Frances Black.

Jeannie spent her early childhood in the small country town of Spurgeon, Ind., and the family later moved to Terre Haute, Ind., where Jeannie graduated from Wiley High School and then earned her bachelor’s degree in education at Indiana State Teacher’s College, now known as Indiana State University. At the onset of World War II, Jeannie married her high school sweetheart, Robert Anderson, and the couple enjoyed a few weeks together before Bob left for Army boot camp and the war in Europe. When the couple were reunited after the war ended, they moved to Lafayette, Ind., where Bob attended Purdue University on the G.I. Bill and earned his engineering degree. The couple eventually moved to Indianapolis, Ind., where they raised their two sons and ran a small engineering business. They sold the business in the early 1970s, retired and thereafter divided their year between winters in Venice, Fla., and summers in Milltown. They made many friends in both places.

Robert Anderson passed away in 2003 after 61 years of marriage.

Jeannie is survived by her sons, Eric Anderson (Kathy Brown) of Milltown and Daniel Anderson (Donna) of Venice, Fla.; granddaughters, Chelsea Anderson and Crystal Ramsland (Matt) of Venice, Fla., and Carla Webb (Hulen) of Palmyra, Ind.; and four great-granddaughters.

Jeannie was a member of the American Association of University Women and was always a great proponent of higher education, especially for women.

She was a good mother to her two sons, a good wife and business partner to her husband and a good friend to many she met during her long and happy life. Her memory will be cherished by family and friends.

The family wishes to thank Hosparus of Southern Indiana and Brown Funeral Home in Milltown for their help and kindness.

Funeral services will be held at a later date in Venice, Fla.