Mary Minerva (Dunaway) Anderson, 97, of Sullivan, formerly of Strasburg, passed away at 1 a.m. Friday, Jan. 31, 2014.
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Lockart-Green Funeral Home, Cowden. Visitation will be one hour before the service. Burial will be in Mound Cemetery, Cowden. Memorials may be made to Mound Cemetery. Condolences may be left at www.lockartgreenfuneralhome.com.
Mary was born on January 20, 1917, the daughter of Carl and Mary Gertrude Simmons Dunaway. She married Charles Anderson on Sept. 14, 1934, and he preceded her in death Jan. 29, 1994. Mary worked for the Stewardson-Strasburg School District several years before retirement.
Embroidery, crocheting, and quilting occupied her retirement years. She was a member of the Shelbyville VFW, and a 50-year member of the Strasburg American Legion Auxiliary receiving her 50-year pin in 2013. In 1999, Mary was selected as the American Legion Auxiliary’s member of the year for the State of Illinois. Mary sewed lap blankets and other items to donate to veterans in the hospital in Danville. She was a “sports Mom” before the term became popular following kids to track meets, baseball, basketball and fast pitch softball games.
Surviving Mary are her sons, Roger (Virginia) of Sigel, Van (Eva) of Arcola, Ted (Shirley) of Sullivan, James (Marjorie) of Mattoon, and Dana (Marcie) of Shumway; daughters, Linda (B. R.) Shaw of Hot Springs, Ark., and Karen of Decatur; 16 grandchildren; 28 great-grandchildren; and eight great-great-grandchildren; brother, Jake (partner Patricia Herpstreith) of Owaneco; and sister, Charlotte (partner Jerry McMurray) Blancett of Decatur; brother-in-law, Leo Wright of Beecher City; sister-in-law, Mary Dunaway of Shelbyville; and sister-in-law, Penny Gibison of Missouri.
Mary was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Charles; daughter, Carol; granddaughter, Robin Anderson Brown; great-granddaughter, Katie Anderson; grandson-in-law, Gregg Johnston; brothers, Phon Evans and wife Verna, James and wife Ruth, William and wife Irene, and John; sisters, Julia Gibison and husband Buddy, Glapha Wright, and sister-in-law Odessa Dunaway.