Jean Buchanan Anderson passed away on Dec. 23, 2011, at Belton, Texas.
She was born on Oct. 3, 1918, at Topeka, Kan., the daughter of Anna Creagar Buchanan and Harry Earle Buchanan, who preceded her in death.
She is survived by one sister, Dorothy Buchanan Wiltrout of Colorado Springs, Colo.
She was preceded in death by one brother, John David Buchanan, and one sister, Marie Buchanan Oberhelman.
Jean attended public school in Topeka and Abilene, Kan. She attended Kansas State University where she received a degree in dietetics. After graduation, she completed a year of training in Chicago and then worked as a registered dietician. At the beginning of World War II, she joined the U.S. Army as a second lieutenant and served as a dietician for army hospitals at Fort Knox, Ky. and in England.
On June 29, 1944, she married Henry D. Anderson, who preceded her in death on Oct. 19, 1995.
She is survived by three children, Susan Anderson Hansen Ashworth and husband, Steve, of Monroe, N.C., William Thomas Anderson and wife, Trina Poore Anderson, of Red Bank, N.J., and Barbara Anderson Merlo and husband, Joseph Merlo, of Belton, Texas. She is survived by five grandchildren, Jonathan Hansen and wife, Elizabeth, of Charlotte, N.C., Amy Hansen Schultz and husband, Chris Schulz, of Charlotte, N.C., Kate Anderson of Red Bank, N.J., Emma Merlo of Belton, Texas, and Joseph Anderson Merlo of Belton, Texas. She is survived by one great-grandson, Alexander Hansen of Charlotte, N.C. Jean will also be missed by many nieces and nephews.
As a loving wife, mother and grandmother, she was always there to support her loved ones. Jean was never afraid of a new challenge and eagerly moved to new locations when work or family needs made the change necessary. As a result she lived in many states and one foreign country: Kansas, Missouri, Illinois, Virginia, Kentucky, England, West Virginia, Arkansas, Tennessee, and Texas. Jean always believed that her years in Buckhannon, were the happiest times. Her strong spirit, everlasting kindness, determination to help others and bright mind will be missed by all who loved her.
Memorial services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 14, at Poling-St Clair Funeral Home with the Rev. Steven Meadows officiating. Burial will follow in Heavner Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations may be sent to West Virginia Wesleyan College, in care of Advancement Office, 59 College Ave., Buckhannon, WV 26201. Online condolences may be made to the family at www.polingstclair.com. Poling-St. Clair Funeral Home is in charge of the local arrangements.