Virginia Stiles “Jeanie” Anderson, 90, of Murphy, passed away peacefully in the early hours on Sunday, Jan. 24, 2016, at her home with her family surrounding her with love.
She was born and grew up in Mahoning County, Struthers, Ohio, and lived most of her adult years with her husband and children in Akron/Canton, Ohio.
During World War II, while taking her five-year nursing studies, she also enlisted as a member of the Nurse Cadet Corps. She was to have been commissioned in the Army Air Corps as a second lieutentant at the completion of nurses’ training, however, the war ended just weeks prior to her graduation.
As a registered nurse, she worked primarily on the adult surgical unit at Akron General Hospital and later with the newly opened Children’s Hospital on the Burn Unit, which she helped to establish, being one of the founding original nursing team members.
She was an amazing nurse who gave her all to those in need, while raising her own four children, maintaining a beautiful home for her family, all-the-while ensuring her children were raised with the gifts of Christianity and attending Saturday Sabbath church services.
Upon retirement in 1979, she and her husband, Hubert, returned back to his birthplace in the Ranger/Culberson area to live out their carefree lives on the very farm where Hubert was born and raised. Virginia also had many relatives living in Cherokee County, as her mother and father’s families were born/raised within the surrounding areas and all her siblings were born here. She alone had the distinction of being the only Yankee in her family, but her heart was that of a true Southerner.
Her associations include the Ohio Nurses’ Association for more than 20 years, World War II Nurse Cadet Corps, Founding Team Nurse of the Akron Children’s Hospital Burn Unit, and a 65-year membership with the Seventh-day Adventist Church. Prior to becoming a Seventh-day Adventist, she was a good Baptist while growing up in her birth family. As a young adult, she later became a member of the Church Of God, Holiness Church, via her Aunt Dosha’s leadings, then finally baptized an “original” King James Bible Seventh-day Adventist, not to be confused with the Jesuit ecumenical teachings of today’s Seventh-day Adventist General Conference doctrines.
Virginia was the daughter of the late James “Jake” Stiles and Augusta Rogers Stiles. She was preceded in death by her husband, Hubert Lee Anderson; two older brothers, Edward “Skip” Stiles and John W. “Jay” Stiles; and one older sister, Inez “Inus” Stiles McClain.
Virginia is survived by her four children – two sons, Hubert Lee “Toby” Anderson Jr. and wife Sheila Wilcox Anderson of Jacksonville, Ala.; Kenneth J. Anderson and wife Elizabeth Dobransky “Lee” Anderson of Austintown, Ohio; two daughters, Rebecca J. Anderson of Murphy and husband Berlis F. “Andy” Ennis of Tarpon Springs, Fla., and Linda R. Anderson Reeder and husband Wayne Reeder of Lone Tree, Colo.; along with seven grandchildren, Amy Anderson, Rebecca Lynn Anderson, Julie Anderson, Clint Reeder, Ryan Reeder, Aaron Anderson and Amanda Anderson; and many loving nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 6, at Townson-Rose Funeral Home Chapel in Murphy. Pastor Bo Phillips will officiate. Special music will be provided by the Neely Family (The Neely Team) of Marble.
Burial will be in Shady Grove Baptist Church Cemetery. She will be buried next to her husband and only love of more than 65 years. Pallbearers will be friends of the family Seth Hampton and Amos Weaver; grandson, Clint Reeder; nephews-in-law, Tony Graham and Chris Wood; and nephew, Lewis Voyles. Honorary pallbearers will be dear friends, Betty Mendenhall Benson and Geraldine Gibson Lominac, great-niece, Anita Dotson Kurkyak and special friend and caregiver, Stephanie Pressley Weaver.
The family will receive friends from noon-1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 6, at Townson-Rose Funeral Home.
Memorial contributions may be made in memory of Virginia S. Anderson to Shady Grove Baptist Church Cemetery Fund: Lois Menasian, 6 Deweese St., Murphy, NC 28906; or to 4 Seasons Hospice, Andrews, NC 28901.
The family wishes to express their gratitude for the love and compassion shown to Virginia by two of her closest caregivers: her eldest daughter, Rebecca Anderson, RN/BSN, who cared for her 11 years, and Stephanie Weaver, soon to be an RN, who assisted five years. Also, many great thank yous for everything done for Virginia by Kendra Waldroup, social worker of Good Shepherd Agency, Pamela Daniels, RN/BSN, and the entire staff at Personal Touch Agency of Andrews, who assisted in so many visible and invisible ways to make Virginia’s life better. Thank you all.
You may send tributes to the Anderson family at www.townson-rose.com.
Townson-Rose Funeral Home is in charge of all arrangements.